GCA to mainstream adaptation in Livestock Productivity and Resilience Support Project in Nigeria

R otterdam, the Netherlands, 19 May 2022 – The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) today announced it will be working with the World Bank to mainstream adaptation into its Livestock Productivity and Resilience Support Project (LPRES) in Nigeria. The LPRES seeks to improve livestock sector management for increased productivity, food and nutrition security, income growth and social cohesion between farmers and herders. LPRES will also focus on building the overall resilience of local communities and the livestock sector against environmental degradation and climate change while working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

GCA will work to ensure that LPRES incorporates climate risk considerations and the relevant digital solutions for adaptation in the livestock chain in Nigeria while also promoting an understanding of the enabling environment and its capacity for adaptation so that interventions are well targeted and contribute to the overall resilience and food security of the local population. To do this GCA will implement selected steps of its Smallholder Adaptation Accelerator, an analytical tool aimed at influencing decision-making around adaptation of stakeholders. This consists of the preparation of a rural micro-region climate risk typology to allow for more efficient targeting of interventions and identification of the most suitable interventions to mitigate climate risks. GCA has also entered into an agreement with the International Livestock Research Institute to develop a climate risk assessment for the livestock value chain and a playbook describing appropriate digital and data-enabled technologies to mitigate risk and contribute to a climate-resilient livestock value chain. GCA is also working with Akademiya2063 to prepare a policy support plan for Nigeria. This plan will use a macro-economic model to develop a set of feasible scenarios to achieve adaptation goals and targets for agriculture contained in National Adaptation Plans as well as an estimation of associated costs.

The work forms part of the Climate Smart Digital Technologies for Agriculture and Food Security (CSDAT) pillar of GCA’s Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP) which aims to mobilize a total of US$25 billion for adaptation between 2020 and 2025. The main goal of the CSDAT pillar is to scale up access to climate-smart digital technologies, and associated data-driven agricultural and financial services for at least 30 million farmers and improve food security in 26 countries in Africa by 2025. 

Commenting on the announcement, Fleur Wouterse, Director of Research at GCA said:
“Through this project, GCA will work to ensure the efficient targeting of interventions in the livestock value chain as well as sustained uptake at scale of adaptation solutions by farmers and pastoralists thus enhancing the resilience of their livelihoods.” 

Abel Lufafa, Senior Agricultural Specialist at the World Bank said:
“With this investment, we hope to unlock the vast potential of Nigeria’s livestock sector and also set it on a resilient growth path”

Extreme weather patterns including longer dry seasons and shorter, more intense rainy seasons are challenging local communities across Nigeria and fuelling farmer/herder violence across the country.

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About the Global Center on Adaptation

The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) is an international organization which works as a solutions broker to accelerate action and support for adaptation solutions, from the international to the local, in partnership with the public and private sector, to ensure we learn from each other and work together for a climate resilient future. Founded in 2018, GCA is hosted by the Netherlands, working from its headquarters in Rotterdam with a knowledge and research hub based in Groningen. GCA has a worldwide network of regional offices in Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Dhaka, Bangladesh and Beijing, China. Through this evolving network of offices and global and regional GCA teams, the organization engages in high-level policy activities, new research contributions, communications, and technical assistance to governments and the private sector.

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