CORAF, EU, & IFAD Launch Project to Strengthen Farmer’s Resilience to Climate

A new science-focused intervention to strengthen farmers’ resilience to climate change would be launched on Thursday, November 12, 2020.

The virtual event jointly organized by CORAF, the EU, and IFAD also seeks to improve the key research and development institutions’ capacities in West and Central Africa.

Funded by the European Union, the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme ex-Pillar 4 (CAADP-XP4) will help CORAF and partners leverage science, technologies, and innovations to advance food productivity targets.

“You may recall that ambitious food production targets were agreed upon by African and global leaders in the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” said Dr. Abdou Tenkouano, Executive Director of CORAF.

“This project is designed to deploy science and innovation to achieve an inclusive, sustainable, and climate-relevant transformation of agriculture and related food systems in West and Central Africa.”

A Consortium of Implement Actors

CAADP-XP4 is not only implemented in West and Central Africa. The projects involve several other national and regional research institutions across Africa.

The consortium of implementing actors also include the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, FARA, the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services – AFAAS, the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA), and the Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development Eastern and Southern Africa (CCARDESA).

The CAADP-XP4 project is administered by the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD),

“Overall, the goal of CAADP-XP4 is to contribute to the implementation of Agenda 2030, particularly goals 2 (zero hunger), goal 5 (gender equality), goal 10 (reduce inequality) goal 12 (responsible consumption) and goal 13 (fight climate change) as well as 2063 Agenda of the African Union and the CAADP Malabo Declaration,” says Dr. Malu Ndavi, Lead Global Technical Specialist, at IFAD.

The total amount of the four-year grant is roughly 30 million EUROs for all implementing partners with potential co-funding from IFAD and other organizations. CORAF’s funding is 5.7 million Euro.

CAADP-XP4 is part of the Development Smart Innovation through Research in Agriculture (DeSIRA) – an initiative of the European Union.


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What is DeSIRA?

CORAF is implementing a total of three DeSIRA Initiative projects. The two others include Biorisks and the Anticipate and Manage Biological Risks to Strengthen Farmers’ Resilience to Climate Change in West and Central Africa in collaboration with the Biorisk Management Facility (BIMAF), the West African Virus Epidemiology (WAVE), and national research systems in ten countries.

There are close to 14 DeSIRA initiatives across West and Central Africa at the moment, amounting to close to €70 million.

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