Climate Change Adaptation in Africa

Climate change is expected to hit developing countries hardest. Current levels of greenhouse gas emissions mean that many impacts are now unavoidable, ranging from decreased crop yields in regions where people are already undernourished, to increased incidence of serious climate-related disasters.

Climate change impacts will also impair poverty reduction efforts. The poor in many parts of Africa will have to cope with more drought, more extreme temperatures, and less frequent but more intense rainfall. These will exacerbate food insecurity, poverty, mortality and disease. African Governments have already acknowledged the urgent need to address climate change through regional initiatives.

This grant will support the establishment of a program on vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in Africa. The program will be directed by an advisory board consisting of donor representatives and senior African citizens and scientists. It will be carried out by a coordinator in Dakar and program staff in IDRC`s regional and head offices. It is expected that successful components of the program will eventually be devolved to African organizations.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Saturday, April 1, 2006

End Date

Sunday, March 31, 2013


60 months

IDRC Officer

Proulx, Isabelle

Total funding

CA$ 12,534,140


North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Climate Change