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WMO to Build Climate Resilience in Horn of Africa

The 29th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board, which was held in Bonn, Germany on 16-17 March 2017, has endorsed a USD 6.8 million proposal submitted by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) entitled “Agricultural Climate Resilience Enhancement Initiative (ACREI).” Targeted countries include Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

This makes WMO the first Multilateral Implementing Entity to have a regional proposal approved by the Adaptation Fund Board under the Pilot Programme for regional projects and programmes.

The goal of the project is to develop and implement adaptation strategies and measures that will strengthen the resilience of vulnerable smallholder farmers, agro-pastoralists and pastoralists in the Horn of Africa to climate variability and change in line with the IGAD Drought Disaster and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI) programme, the National Adaptation Plans of Action (NAPAs) and Development Strategies/Visions of participating countries.

The project will seek to improve adaptive capacity and resilience to current climate variability and change among target farmers, agro-pastoralists and pastoralists community in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda which are extremely vulnerable to climate variability during the last 30-60 years.

The project will be implemented by WMO. Executing Entities will include the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), with active participation of the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHS) of the targeted countries.

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