Presentation of the initiative

Launched upstream of COP22 organized in Morocco, the initiative for the Adaptation of African Agriculture (AAA) aims to reduce the vulnerability of Africa and its agriculture to climate change.
It promotes and fosters the implementation of specific projects to improve soil management, agricultural water control, and climate risk management.

Launched upstream of COP22 organized in Morocco, the initiative for the Adaptation of African Agriculture (AAA) aims to reduce the vulnerability of Africa and its agriculture to climate change.

It promotes and fosters the implementation of specific projects to improve soil management, agricultural water control, climate risk management and capacity building & funding solutions.
The initiative is an important response not only to climate change, but also to food insecurity.
Its objective is to place the Adaptation of African Agriculture at the heart of climate debates and negotiations, and to attract a substantial share of climate funds. As for the solutions, it also aims to contribute to the roll-out of specific agricultural projects.

The Adaptation of African Agriculture was identified as one of the priorities of the Moroccan presidency for COP22. To date, the initiative is actively supported by 25 African countries, the UNFCCC, and the FAO.

The White Book

The White Book refers to a host of concrete solutions sourced from the proceedings of the scientific symposium held in Skhirat around the four pillars of the initiative for the Adaptation of African Agriculture to Climate Change.

Challenges

It is essential to make Africa, Agriculture, and Adaptation priorities
in order to combat climate change.

6 of the 10

countries most threatened

by climate change are located in Africa

Africa is only responsible for

4% of

greenhouse

gas emissions

By 2050,

agricultural production
must 
grow twofold
in order to feed the
9 billion human beings
on the planet

65% of the world's arable land is in Africa

By 2050, agricultural yields in Africa could decrease by

20% 

if agriculture
does not adapt to
climate change

Africa only attracts 5% of the climate funds*

 

*4% of the funds are allocated to agriculture and 20% to adaptation projects

Objectives

The objective of the initiative is twofold: to place the Adaptation of African Agriculture at the heart of climate negotiations and their financial aspect, and to foster the implementation of solutions, particularly within the framework of the Global Climate Action Agenda. To do so, it relies on the instruments called for by the UNFCCC.

Negotiations
Solutions

The AAA was placed at the heart of COP's challenges

Make the Adaptation of African Agriculture one of the priorities of the negotiations and commitments.

An equitable distribution of climate funds

Obtain an equitable distribution between mitigation and adaptation projects to meet the significant needs of an innovative agriculture.

Easier access to climate funds

Ensure that adaptation projects meet the eligibility criteria for the climate funds and facilitate the quick accreditation of African agencies.

Close monitoring of fund allocation

Follow the investments and projects (monitoring of actual disbursements, evaluation of results, etc.)

Soil management

- Improve soil fertility and agricultural yields.
- Promote the conversion into arboriculture and agroforestry.
- Increase carbon sequestration in the soil as recommend the "4/1000".

Agricultural water control

- Develop irrigation infrastructure.
- Implement micro-irrigation.
- Enhance PPPs.

Climate risk management

- Roll out agricultural insurance.
- Develop tools and warning systems (particularly digital).

Capacity building and funding solutions

- Wider application of micro-credit to small farmers.
- Development of meso-financing for medium-sized farms.
- Deployment of mobile banking solutions.
it relies on the instruments called for by the UNFCCC.
Technology transfer
Policy Making
Settings up of projects
South-South cooperation