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Friday, 18 October 2013

COMESA receives 73m. Euro to support interventions on climate change

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Climate Initiative has announced that it has received 73 million Euro from development partners - the EU and the Governments of Norway and the UK - to support climate change adaptation and mitigation in the region, including climate proofing the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) in the region.
Announced at the Regional CAADP Compact Validation Meeting held in September 2013, in Lusaka, Zambia, the funding will be made available through two funding windows, with the first tranche to be used for supporting government-led interventions and resources are channeled through FAO. The second tranche of funding will be available for projects carried out by civil society and the private sector.
COMESA Climate Change Coordinator Chikakula Miti stated that COMESA Climate Change Initiative has engaged farmers in the region to adopt climate smart agricultural practices to adapt to climate Change as well as to cut on greenhouse gases responsible for global warming in order to attain national food security and meet development goals.
Mr. Miti further said the European Union(EU) has provided €4 Million, Department for International Development (DfID, UK) £38 Million, while Norway has signed a grant agreement with COMESA of US$ 20 Million.
The member States of COMESA are: Burundi, Comoros, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Seychelles, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Source: COMESA