Climate Change Adaptation

“Business as usual” will not be enough for climate change adaptation: neither countries nor farmers are prepared. We need a widespread commitment to preparation, protection, and restoration.

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.

Our intentional approach to climate adaptation

AGRA aims to strengthen partnerships in support of countries’ efforts to integrate climate strategies by increasing the importance of climate change resilience at the national level and enhancing the implementation of climate change resilience strategies and policies.
AGRA aims to prepare farmers to be ready for climate adaption by improving extension advisory on climate change resilience and improving the capacity of delivery partners to tackle climate change.
We aim to increase farmers' resilience to short-term shocks by building stronger early warning systems and risk reduction measures.