The Greater Horn of Africa is highly vulnerable to extreme weather and climate events that severely impact the region’s mostly rain-fed agriculture. The risks to rural agro-pastoral livelihoods from drought and floods are enormous. Persistent and deteriorating food and nutrition insecurity remain a major concern. The limited access to climate information and technical support to enhance agricultural productivity, as well as the inadequate funding for response and adaptation options, exacerbate the situation.
The goal of the Agricultural Climate Resilience Enhancement Initiative is to develop and implement adaptation strategies and measures that will strengthen the resilience of vulnerable smallholder farmers, agro-pastoralists and pastoralists in the Horn of Africa to climate variability and change.The overall objective of the project is to improve adaptive capacity and resilience to current climate variability and change among targeted farmers, agro-pastoralists and pastoralist communities.
In the target countries, an estimated 30% of Uganda, 50% of Ethiopia, and 75% of Kenya are classed as either arid or semi-arid lands.
The goals of the ACREI project are in line with the IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI) programme, and with the overall vision of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET), the inter-governmental body for the development of meteorology and its applications in Africa.