The COMESA Climate Change Initiative has secured about US$100 Million from partners to support interventions on Climate Change adaptation and mitigation.This includes climate-proofing the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) in the COMESA region. COMESA Climate Change Coordinator Chikakula Miti disclosed this last week at the Regional CAADP Compact Validation Meeting held in Lusaka.
He said the European Union(EU) has provided €4 Million, Department for International Development (DfID, UK) £38 Million, while Norway has signed a grant agreement with COMESA of US$ 20 Million.
Mr. Miti further stated that COMESA Climate Change Initiative has engaged farmers in the region to adopt climate smart agricultural practices to adapt to climate Change as well as to cut on greenhouse gases responsible for global warming in order to attain national food security and meet development goals. “We are currently supporting countries to come up with activities that build resilience of the agriculture sector. We have subcontracted the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to ensure climate change is mainstreamed in CAADP Investment Programmes”, Mr. Miti said. Mr. Miti said the Climate Change Initiative has supported governments of Kenya, Malawi, Madagascar, Zambia and Zimbabwe under the CAADP framework Pillar I (Sustainable Land and Water Management) to come up with programmes on conservation agriculture.
He disclosed that the resources for climate smart agriculture could be accessed through two windows. The first window is supporting government led interventions and resources are channelled through FAO. Under the second window, requests for proposals from non-state actors including private sector are issued which are evaluated on a competitive basis and effective ones are funded.