The Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (CCAA) research and capacity development program has supported 46 research projects in 33 African countries over the past 6 years. Established in 2006, the CCAA program aimed to improve the capacity of African people, organizations and countries to adapt to climate change in ways that benefit the most vulnerable. The initiative was jointly funded by Canada’s International Development Research Center (IDRC) and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).
The CCAA program compiled a series of six films (below) that demonstrate the collaboration between communities and researchers to adapt to desertification in Senegal, drought and livestock vulnerability in northern Kenya, crop failure in Ethiopia, water shortages in South Africa and poor seed quality in Tanzania.
The intention is that these stories of community-led adaptation in Africa will help inform and inspire a more coherent and effective African policy engagement around climate change in the future. Adaptation to climate variability and change provides a way of assessing and responding to potential impacts, with the goal of reducing the risk of adverse outcomes and increasing resilience in responding to stress.
These videos are contextualized by the fact that Africa has minimally contributed towards historic greenhouse gas emissions, but the negative impacts of climate change in Africa will be severe. Some of these impacts include drought, storms, flooding and extremes of temperature. In addition, the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) predicts that by 2020, some regions in Africa could see crop yields from rain-fed agriculture decline by as much as 50%, and between 75-250 million people could be affected by water shortages. These occurrences would have economic impacts on livelihoods and when combined with low levels of development and widespread poverty, could combined to increase the vulnerability of local communities to the effects of climate variability and change.