GGGI, CORAF Team Up to Drive Climate-Smart Agriculture in West and Central Africa

During the month of July 2022, a delegation from the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) visited CORAF. 

Headed by the Institute’s Africa Regional Director, Dr. Malle Fofana, the delegation met with CORAF staff at its Executive Secretariat, to discuss avenues of collaboration in areas of common interest, notably climate change. 

GGGI and CORAF signed a Memorandum of Understanding in March 2022.

The objective of the MOU is to formalize a framework for cooperation and facilitate collaboration between both organizations, to promote direct access to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) for climate change projects and programs in Africa.

“Climate change is having severe effects on agriculture that make food security efforts more challenging. Our collaboration with GGGI, in view of its expertise, will help CORAF further assist West and Central Africa populations to better adapt to climate change and mitigate its effects,” said CORAF’s Director of Research and Innovation, Dr. Emmanuel Njukwe. 

In addition, as part of the agreement between the two organizations, GGGI will support CORAF in obtaining its accreditation for the Green Climate Fund (GCF). 

The GCF is a financial mechanism of the United Nations, linked to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Accelerating Access to Green financing

For Dr. Malle Fofana, in Africa, there is clearly a gap to be filled and the issue is not the access to financing; it is rather to have programs that meet the needs of the populations. 

“On climate change-related issues, Africa has only about 3% of the allocated resources. We must look at how to accelerate this financing, but also help countries to have relevant programs, policies and reforms that align with these programs, and finally the capacities that will allow them to be implemented,” said Dr. Fofana.

The GCF aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries and to help vulnerable communities adapt to the impacts of climate change that are already being felt.

Both organizations therefore agree to focus on how to help countries have well-developed programs that meet the needs of the population, especially the most vulnerable, and how to facilitate their access to green financing, to enable them to have the appropriate methods and climate-smart technologies.

“The collaboration with CORAF is very timely. Being in partnership with CORAF will facilitate access to these climate-smart technologies, especially at the youth level,” said GGGI Africa Regional Director.

The visit of GGGI delegation was also an opportunity for the Africa Regional Director of the organization to be welcomed on Agripreneur TV, which is CORAF’s Web TV.

CORAF and GGGI have jointly taken part in some events in recent months.

CORAF participated in a side event organized by GGGI with the Sahel Alliance on the sidelines of COP 21, and GGGI also held a side event at the recent symposium organized by CORAF in Cotonou (Benin), on the state of agricultural research for development in West and Central Africa.