Africa accounts for just 3.8% of greenhouse gas emissions globally. However, the continent is the most highly exposed to the impacts of climate change. We are starting to see its effects in temperature changes, with most of the continent experiencing a 1-degree Celsius rise since 1901. If the continent warms by 2 degrees Celsius by 2050 – according to IPCC projections – crop yields across sub-Saharan Africa will reduce by 10%.
AGRA aims to improve the adaptation of agri-food and farming systems to climate change so that smallholder farmers can increase their resilience to shocks. We integrates a climate change adaptation and mitigation strategy into all areas of work, primarily delivered through our business lines, each of which focuses on critical elements of the food system that must prepare for, and adapt to, climate change. This includes drought-resistant crop varieties, protective and regenerative farming practices, the leveraging of market mechanisms to trade climate-friendly goods as well as carbon financing to shape government policy and investments.