FAO Identifies Opportunities for Climate-smart Agriculture Investments in Africa

FAO15 January 2012: Amid the challenge of increasing food production in Africa to meet demand for a growing population and increasing impacts of climate change on food security, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report that assesses the potential for climate-smart investments of the National Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plans (NAFSIPs) of 14 African countries.

The report, titled "Identifying opportunities for climate-smart agriculture investments in Africa," identifies opportunities for climate change adaptation and mitigation in each of the 14 countries' NAFSIP. It introduces an analytical framework for climate-smart agriculture based on development, adaptation and mitigation, outlining needs and barriers for agricultural investments, financing instruments in the agriculture sector, climate investment needs in the agriculture sector, and the potential role of climate financing in Africa.

The report then presents a method for identification of climate-smart agriculture investment potential in CAADP countries. The results suggest many agriculture investment plans have adaptation and mitigation impacts. About half of the countries surveyed had plans for investment in disaster risk management. The assessment also examined consistency with National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs). While opportunities for mitigation were observed in each of the NAFSIPs, only three explicitly proposed activities to reduce overall emissions. The assessments examined NAFSIPs from Benin, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Uganda. [Publication: Identifying Opportunities for Climate-smart Agriculture Investments in Africa]