At a glance
Increased frequency of extreme weather events, especially floods, storms, and droughts, are some of the key impacts of climate change in Eastern and Southern Africa. These climate events carry significant social, economic and political impacts, including threats to food production and hindered progress towards poverty reduction. Moreover, the negative impacts of climate change disproportionately affect vulnerable groups, including women, youth and those with poor access to resources, compounding vulnerability and compromising adaptation.
The Programme on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in the COMESA-EAC-SADC region seeks to build successful adaptation and mitigation actions across Eastern and Southern Africa. The programme is a novel cooperating arrangement that brings together three international donors alongside three Regional Economic Communities, in support of a single programme focused on addressing the impacts of climate change.
The programme’s key target group are smallholder famers, who comprise the largest population group in the region, and key elements to the programme include scaling-up and mainstreaming climate-smart agriculture and sustainable land management practices. The GCCA was the first funder of the programme, contributing 4 million Euros from 2010 to 2014, and the programme received approximately 50 million Euros from Norway and the United Kingdom that will continue operations into 2016.
The three Implementing Entities are:
the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) (Coordinating Body)