Programme to Build Resilience to Food and Nutrition Insecurity in the Sahel

T he Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) is integrating digital climate advisory services and identifying opportunities for mainstreaming adaptation jobs into the African Development Bank’s Program to Build Resilience to Food and Nutritional Insecurity in the Sahel. GCA is providing this support through the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP).

The program’s goal is to improve the livelihoods, food security and nutrition of populations across seven countries in the Sahel, including Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo, and The Gambia. The investment will sustainably increase agro-sylvo-pastoral productivity and production; increase income from agro-sylvo-pastoral and fisheries value chains; and strengthen the adaptive capacities of populations through better control of climate risks and contribute to climate change mitigation.

GCA’s support will focus on building the capacity of government agencies by integrating climate-smart agriculture data development and use within their systems. A phased approach will start with training support in The Gambia, with regional training events to share lessons and embed capacity.

GCA will also provide a labor market assessment in the Gambia to recommend ways of mainstreaming adaptation jobs for youth into the project. The assessment will also produce a Public Private Partnership model for job creation in information and hydro-climatic information services production.    

Investment Value Influenced by GCA

$231 million


1 million people across the Sahel

Implementation Period



GCA’s Added Value

GCA is providing the following technical assistance to the project:

  • Training support for government agencies in Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad with a focus on building resilience and best practices in the agriculture sector.
  • Promoting private sector-led business models for the sustainable production of information and hydro-climate information services favoring the job creation for young people
  • Capacity building support in The Gambia support the development and data collection of hydro-climatic and agriculture information on behalf of a government-owned digital information platform; conduct a study to determine the most efficient, reliable and feasible method to disseminate weather & climate information to smallholder Gambian farmers; and provide training to The Gambia’s meteorological agency on disseminating and producing agri-weather data for farmers in the program’s target-value chains
  • Assessing job opportunities in adaptation within the project, to identify and measure adaptation jobs that can be created through the program
  • Producing a Public Private Partnership model for job creation in information and hydro-climatic information services production.

Expected Outcomes

Through the program, the following outcomes are expected:

  • 470,000 beneficiaries including food producers, animal herders, and fishermen
  • Adoption of gender-resilient climate change practices where 50 percent of beneficiaries are women.
  • 30% increase in the use of climate alerts by Sahelian populations
  • 1 million producers with access to climate services
  • 1,200 jobs created in the Gambia, of which 30 percent of adaptation jobs

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