Towards climate change adaptation in sub-Saharan Africa

The project aims to emerge with a set of adaptation practices related to land and water management, and test their effectiveness in strengthening the capacity of communities to adapt to climate change.

With the evidence of climate change considered to be unequivocal even at community level, acting now seems a prudent insurance. Shifting towards adaptation through resilient, resource efficient and productive land use management practices is urgent. Adapting to current climate variability is the best initial step in preparing for future climate change.

The full set of adaptation practices that might occur in a climate adaptation scenario for sustainable agriculture and food security at community level are yet to be understood and tested.

This project proposes a set of adaptation practices related to land and water management, tests their effectiveness on-the-ground, and assesses their potential for scaling-up.

Physical and biological soil conservation measures, water harvesting, livelihood diversification and capacity building are factors deemed critical in strengthening capacities to adapt. Farmers’ action in the areas of land, water, agro-inputs and food losses are already seen as fundamental components of adaptation practices.

The project focuses on the following critical elements to strengthen the capacity of communities to adapt to climate change:

  1. increasing soil health, building resilience
  2. harvesting water
  3. livelihood diversification
  4. institutional collaboration, networking and capacity building

Project sites:

The project has pilots In Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania and targets over 15,000 households as direct beneficiaries of the adaptation interventions. In West Africa, though regional synthesis and collaborative engagement, the project seeks to document the extent of risk faced by agriculture systems, define opportunities in adaptation and review promising solutions, implemented or planned.

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