FAO has been scaling up investments in African countries through its partnership with GCF, driving low-emission, climate-resilient development and accelerating green growth. Africa’s agriculture sector is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Extreme weather events – such as large storms, heavy rainfall, and prolonged periods of drought – threaten food security and the livelihoods of millions of rural smallholders, especially the rural poor.
As a GCF Accredited Entity, FAO catalyses large-scale investments in sustainable, climate-resilient agricultural practices that help vulnerable communities adapt to the impacts of climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. High-impact projects have the potential to transform Africa’s agriculture sector, shifting it away from farming practices that drive deforestation and land degradation towards low-carbon and climate-resilient food production, benefitting both people and the environment.
These projects create opportunities for countries to meet the commitments laid out in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), and are aligned with national strategies and programmes as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). About USD 128.4 million in GCF grants and co-financing has been allocated to five FAO-led GCF projects in Benin, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, the Gambia and Sudan that are aimed at increasing the resilience of rural communities to climate change and protecting livelihoods in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors.
Ouémé Basin Climate Resilience Initiative (OCRI) Benin
PREFOREST CONGO – Project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from forests in five departments in the Republic of Congo
Promoting zero-deforestation cocoa production for reducing emissions in Côte d’Ivoire (PROMIRE)
Climate Resilient Fishery Initiative for Livelihood Improvement in the Gambia (PROREFISH)
Gums for Adaptation and Mitigation in Sudan (GAMS): Enhancing adaptive capacity of local communities and restoring carbon sink potential of the Gum Arabic belt, expanding Africa’s Great Green Wall