The Green Climate Fund, the government of Sudan, and the United Nations Development Programme have approved new funding for innovative climate resilience with a focus to promote agriculture, health and food and water security.
The five-year project totalling approximately US$41.1 Million USD will introduce new climate-resilient farming practices and training as well as provide funding for rehabilitation of land for sustainable use, construct infrastructure for water storage, build wells and deliver equipment.
The programme is directed at 1.2 million people from subsistence farming and nomadic pastoralist communities in 9 states and will indirectly benefit an additional estimated 2.5 million.
"Addressing the impact of climate change is a collective responsibility. We as a Government recognise this global responsibility and are committed to protecting the people of Sudan from the risks we are currently facing,” said Sudan’s Prime Minister, Dr. Abdalla Hamdok at the announcement of the agreement. “Left unchecked, climate change will derail our nation’s efforts to end poverty and conflict across the country.”
The initiative is welcome as climate threats have led to extreme variations in rainfall and temperatures across Sudan’s arid and semi-arid drylands. Livelihoods are at high risk and poverty is increasing the face of conflict and dislocation. There are additional challenges posed by COVID-19.
Working at national and local levels, the new project will help Sudan address these significant challenges. “This project will improve health, food and water security for 3.7 million people in Sudan, safeguarding them against the worsening, life-threatening impacts of a changing climate, while building resilience and infrastructure for the vital agriculture sector”, said UNDP Resident Representative, Selva Ramachandran.
The initiative is a country and community-led programme with the activities having been identified after a comprehensive consultation with Federal and State authorities, communities, and other relevant stakeholders. As part of UNDP’s support, the programme will drive a new “Green Deal”, ensuring climate protection and mitigation, including introduction of renewable energy in agriculture, health and rural communities, with a view to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.