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UNDP-implemented Adaptation Fund Climate Innovation Accelerator (AFCIA) selects 22 new local partners

BIRDC, an Ugandan organisation working in the banana value chain, is one of the latest local partners to receive a grant under the UNDP-AFCIA programme.

December 2023 - As 2023 concludes, the UNDP-implemented Adaptation Fund Climate Innovation Accelerator (AFCIA) programme has marked a milestone with 44 partners across 33 countries joining forces to combat the impacts of climate change. The programme unveiled the 22 newly selected organizations during COP28 issuing an additional US$2.5 million in micro and small grants.  

The grants focus on resilient agriculture, technology, community-based adaptation, nature based solutions, and entrepreneurship. Winning proposals spanned improving food security by introducing and integrating climate-resilient initiatives at a farmer school in Malawi; an innovative insurance solution to mitigate climate risks for smallholder banana farmers in Uganda' a climate-smart farmer model for mulberry silk cultivation in Surin province, Thailand; climate change adaptation and sustainable livelihoods for women in Brazil; and a climate-smart coastal village in Sumbawa District, Indonesia.  
Of these, 17 have received $125,000 small-grants, and five have received $60,000 micro-grants, with an implementation window of 16 months. UNDP and strategic partners will also provide additional technical assistance, investment brokering, tailored support and international advocacy to each local partner. 
“Over the past two years, we've witnessed remarkable changes focusing at the grassroots level, driven by the dedication of these remarkable community leaders. These groundbreaking solutions have been tailored to the unique circumstances and requirements of each community. From Asia to America, we've gained insights and knowledge, and played a role in expanding these initiatives using UNDP-AFCIA's resources”, said Monica Borrero, Global Programme Manager of UNDP-AFCIA. 
UNDP-AFCIA is a $16 million programme funded by the Adaptation Fund and the European Union, designed to support the development of locally-led, innovative adaptation practices, tools, and technologies in communities from developing countries. As of December 2023, it is supporting 44 local organizations across 33 countries globally, through the award of climate action grants.  
The programme is on track to develop more than 20 scalable innovative adaptation solutions, benefiting a substantial 910,000 beneficiaries (direct and indirect) with around half of them women (48%). AFCIA programme grantees have achieved remarkable outcomes, including raising over $1 million through crowdfunding efforts. Notable successes encompass extensive environmental restoration, with the implementation of regenerative agricultural practices over 1,660 hectares of land and the documentation of more than 50 traditional knowledge-based climate adaptation measures.  Learn more at
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Monica Borrero, UNDP-AFCIA Project Manager

Natalia Luz, UNDP-AFCIA Communications Specialist


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