Resilience and the African Smallholder : Enhancing the Capacity of Communities to Adapt to Climate Change

Because of the prevalence and intensity of poverty, populations in sub-Saharan Africa are highly vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change, particularly those who depend on an environment that is already degraded. Any short- or long-term climate change will force farmers to adopt new agricultural practices, which may include a different choice of crop varieties, a change in the timing of major operations or an alternative food supply system.

This project aims to enhance the ability of households, communities and relevant institutions to respond to changing circumstances with a view to reducing future threats to food security and environmental integrity. It will do so by working with farmers to identify improved farming technologies, and translating the results into action plans at the appropriate institutional level whether local or national.

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Project status


Start Date

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

End Date

Monday, February 28, 2011


36 months

IDRC Officer

Nkomo, Jabavu

Total funding

CA$ 1,319,800


Ghana, Mali, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Climate Change

Project Leader

Dr. Paul Mapfumo


University of Zimbabwe

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