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?

The key drivers of deforestation in Liberia are unsustainable agriculture practices, charcoal/fuelwood production for energy in cooking and drying, unsustainable logging practices and unsustainable mining practices.

As part of a deforestation reduction program, UNDP Liberia in collaboration with two local non-governmental organisations (NGOs), Center for Sustainable Energy Technology, and Society for the Conservation of Nature of Liberia, have piloted production and use of energy efficient cook stoves and ovens for drying fish in Montserrado and Grand Cape Mount County respectively.

Based on excellent results, evidenced by reduction of use of charcoal in homes by 50% and reduction in harvesting of mangrove vegetation in fishing communities in Grand Cape Mount by 40%(SCNL/SGP Report, 2014), UNDP Liberia and the Rural and Renewable Energy Agency aims to expand the energy efficient cook stoves and fish drying ovens programme.

A national actional plan (NAP) to address increasing land and forest degradation was developed in 2012 with funding from the GEF. The plan was informed by a  root cause analysis of land degradation conducted by the Farmers Associated to Save the Environment (FACE), a local NGO.

UNDP Liberia and the Government plan to  undertake some of the key actions proposed in the NAP that include restoration of degraded land and integration of sustainable land management into the curicula of tertiary agriculture and forestry institutions.

Who finances it?

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

Delivery in previous fiscal year

Year                      Amount
December 2012  
$ 258,419

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