Early this year, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the African Union (AU) estimated that 346 million people in Africa are affected by a food crisis with crop production between 58-70%, which is below average across the region. To respond to this challenge, the Science for Africa Foundation (SFA Foundation) welcomes innovative projects proposing ways to adapt agricultural production to climate change in a bid to sustain productivity and promote food security.
Sustaining agricultural productivity in the face of climate change
Climate change and food security have an immutable link. Climate change has a cascading impact from agroecosystems to agricultural production, to the people and countries and ultimately consumers depending on reliable food production and availability. Africa is already and will continue to suffer the downstream effects of climate change, therefore, underlining a need to have climate adaptive food systems.
The ‘African Agriculture Climate Adaptation Research System’ funding call is being rolled out through the SFA Foundation’s Grand Challenges Africa (GC Africa) programme in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Grants of up to $100,000 will be provided to seed projects and up to $200,000 to transition to scale projects implemented over a period of 18-24 months.
The funding was announced today at the 2022 Grand Challenges Annual Meeting held in Brussels, Belgium.
The call responds to existing food security challenges in the face of climate change and is geared towards increasing productivity to meet consumption demands and to limit further agricultural land expansion into natural ecosystems.
“When we are producing enough, we can reduce chronic hunger and malnutrition which leads to healthier and productive communities, and ultimately a prosperous Africa,” Simon Ndoria, GC Africa Programme Officer.
The African agriculture climate adaptation research system funding will be given to innovative projects that strengthen research, evidence, and processes supporting agriculture-related adaptation planning. This also includes risk management and investment, intra-Africa research collaboration on data, data science, and modelling.
Further information for applicants:
- All applications, supporting documents should be submitted in English.
- Proposals should be sent through the SFA Foundation Agaseke grants management portal
- Applications close on 15 January 2023.
- For the call for proposals on the ‘African Agriculture Climate Adaptation Research System’ please visit the SFA Foundation funding page: https://scienceforafrica.foundation/funding/african-agriculture-climate-adaptation-research-system-request-for-proposals
- For other calls issued by the GC Africa programme or by other programmes of the SFA Foundation, please visit the opportunities webpage: Scienceforafrica.foundation/funding
- Enquiries can be e-mailed to email@example.com with responses to enquiries shared on Monday – Friday from 08.00 – 17.00 EAT.