Development cooperation ,07.12.2015

Impacts of climate change on ecosystems in Eastern Africa


The project is continuation to a research and development project (Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystem Services and Food Security) funded with 4,9 million Euros between the years 2011-15 in Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia. The overall purpose is to disseminate and communicate the research results of the first project phase to rural communities and professionals working with climate change related issues, as well as to strengthen their capacities to monitor and adapt to climate change. The overall objective/impact is to develop adequate capacity of public and private actors in Eastern Africa to gather information on and to adapt to the effects of climate change. Support to the second phase of the project is 1 million Euros between the years 2016-17. The objective of the first project phase was to increase knowledge on the effects of climate change in Eastern Africa and develop the capacity of project beneficiaries to adapt to these effects. The project enhanced climate monitoring capacities in collaboration with local meteorological agencies, strengthened the capacity of farmers, researchers and government officials through training and information dissemination, introduced new techniques (e.g. rainwater harvesting, modern irrigation systems and biological pest management), and increased knowledge on the effects of climate change of researchers and stakeholders utilizing the research results. The final beneficiaries of the second phase are 11 200 smallholder farmers in project countries, National Environmental Management Authorities, primary, secondary and high school teachers as well as decision makers, administrators and governments. They will be reached through the intermediary beneficiaries, namely smallholder farmers’ groups, associations and unions, extension organizations (government and NGOs), youth organizations, private sector, scientist and technicians in National Agricultural Research and Extension Systems and civil society actors. The project is coordinated by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) located in Nairobi. Main implementation partners are Jimma University in Ethiopia, Kenyan NGO Taita Environmental Research and Resource Arc (TERRA), Pangani Basin Water Board in Tanzania, University of York, University of Dar es Salaam and University of Helsinki. The project also cooperates with 23 stakeholders from government organizations to local universities and civil society actors.

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Funding decision  07.12.2015

1 000 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Climate change - adaptation

Field of activity

  • Rural development 50%
  • Agricultural research 50%

Funding channel

  • Yliopisto, tutkimuslaitos tai asiantuntijaryhmä
  • Yliopisto, tutkimuslaitos tai asiantuntijaryhmä



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