Climate Risk Finance for Rain-fed Farming in Sudan


A country housing the largest number of displaced population, Sudan faces additional stress as a result of climate change. In particular, the increasingly unreliable nature of rainfall, together with its concentration into short growing seasons, heightens the vulnerability of Sudan’s rain-fed agricultural systems.

This UNDP-supported, LDCF funded project, Climate Risk Finance for Sustainable and Climate Resilient Rain-fed Farming and Pastoral Systems in Sudan, therefore aims to create an enabling environment for climate risk management of smallholder farmers and pastoralists in rain-fed areas. This will include the establishment of an effective climate observation infrastructure to enable climate change resilient decision-making in local communities. At the same time, the project will also create a regulatory framework to develop and deliver micro credit and climate risk insurance services.

Project Details

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Thematic Area: 
Climate-Related Hazards Addressed: 
Level of Intervention: 
Key Collaborators: 
Primary Beneficiaries: 
The agricultural and pastoral community of Kassala, N Kordofan and Gedarif in Sudan
Implementing Agencies & Partnering Organizations: 
Sudan Higher Council for Environment and Natural Resources (HCENR)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Project Status: 
Financing Amount: 
$6,270,000 (As of 10 April 2012, detailed in PIF)
Co-Financing Total: 
$12,200,000 (As of 10 April 2012, detailed in PIF)

Key Results and Outputs

The project has three main components with associated outcomes –

  1. Creation of the institutional framework and capacity for sustainable climate observation and early warning including rainfall modelling and simulations for  three target states Kassala, N Kordofan,  Gedarif (Outcome 1.1); installation of 3 solar powered automated weather stations for purposes of drought forecasting and early warning (Outcome 1.2); training the staff of Sudan Meteorological Authority and Remote Sensing Authority on climate observation, risk analysis, forecasting and early warning (Outcome 1.3) and; improved communication protocols and mechanisms to provide timely and accurate weather and climate risk forecasts to farmers and  pastoralists (Outcome 1.4).
  2. Design and deployment of weather index-based insurance to address residual risk and promote long term adaptation including a comparative analysis and feasibility assessment of different business models for index-based insurance (Outcome 2.1); design and establishment of a risk transfer product for smallholder farmers and pastoralists who depend on rain-fed farming systems (Outcome 2.2); delivery of insurance literacy programme/awareness campaign to small businesses, community-based organisations, local farmers and pastoral communities (Outcome 2.3) and; assessment and rescommendations for the legal and regulatory framework for risk transfer in target states (Outcome 2.4)
  3. Provision of financial services for  farmers and pastoralists to increase adaptive capacity of rural livelihoods including the analysis of legal and regulatory framework to increase the  co-provision of microcredit and microinsurance  services (Outcome 3.1); development of community adaptation plans enabling the provision of MFI credit packages (Outcome 3.2); design of at least 3 micro-credit products to increase resilience of  farming and pastoral practices as prioritised in local adaptation plans (Outcome 3.3) and; desing of a flexible seasonal and annual repayment programme for pastoral mobility and income cycles of local farmers (Outcome 3.4).


Programme Meetings and Workshops

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Monitoring and Evaluation

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Tom Twining Ward
Regional Technical Advisor