Climate Change Adaptation Agriculture Project

What is the project about?

 Women farmers planting in the fields (Photo: UNDP)

The Project which serves as a vehicle for implementation of one of the priority actions coming out of the Liberia National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) aims to increase resilience of poor, agriculturally-dependent communities and decrease vulnerability of the agricultural sector to climate change in Liberia.

It also seeks to address barriers of insufficient knowledge and awareness amongst decision-makers and planners,  low capacity of technical staff and extension agents and the lack of information needed by farmers on climate change by supporting the ongoing process to revitalize the agriculture sector and ensure that adaptation to climate change is integrated to achieve the following specific results:

(a) integrating concerns into relevant policies and planning processes at the state and national levels, (b) comprehensive capacity development for individuals in national agencies focusing on agriculture in pilot counties, (c) demonstration of risk reduction strategies and measures at pilot sites and (d) strengthening technical capacity to integrate climate change risk management into farmer level agricultural capacity.

What have we accomplished so far?

·Comprehensive Vulnerability and Livelihood Assessment of the impacts of climate change on agriculture conducted in Panta and Gbarzon Districts of Bong and Grand Gedeh Counties respectively; findings documented and baseline information extracted for tracking progress

·Eight (8) sites identified, 200 farmers (equally disaggregated by gender) selected through a participatory process from eight towns (4 in Panta and 4 in Gbarzon) as participants of the Farmer Field Schools (FFS) which have been set up for testing climate change adaptation innovations; the FFS curricula have been revised to fit the context of climate change adaptation in agriculture; eight FFS facilitators (2/8 are women) recruited and awaiting a 14-day training of facilitators sessions

·A comprehensive Climate Change Management Capacity Development Plan and Implementation Manual developed for the agriculture sector on the basis of a climate change management capacity assessment of the sector and implementation rolled out.

·Climate change issues and scenarios identified and documented as well as shared with relevant stakeholders through brochures, national and local community radio/TV stations and direct beneficiaries (farmers and MOA technical departments).

·modules developed for short courses on climate change and adaptation in agriculture for the College of Agriculture and Forestry at the University of Liberia and the College of Agriculture & Sustainable Development at the Cuttington University; a collaboration built with the UL, CU, CARI and University of Pretoria, South Africa through which a climate change research is now ongoing in the two pilot counties.

Who finances it?

Year Donor Amount
2012 Global Environment Facility (GEF) $729,200

Delivery in previous fiscal year

Year                      Amount
December 2012  
$ 258,419