Building the resilience and ability to adapt of women and children to changing climate in Democratic Republic of Congo

Lead country

Dem. Rep. of the Congo

Participating countries

Dem. Rep. of the Congo

Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From April 7, 2015 to December 30, 2020

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 2.4 Ensure sustainable food production, maintain key ecosystems
  2. 1.5 Build resilience of poor to climate, shocks
  3. 13.1 Strengthen resilience, adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards

Project ID: 5110

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Technical team

  • Climate Change Adaptation Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Fostering Food Security and resilient agricultural systems
  • Ecosystem-based adaptation


  • Human altered areas


  • Rural areas

Transformed sector(s)

  • Agriculture

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Direct support / Service Delivery
  • Risk analysis


  • Capacity building
  • Technology innovation


  • Technical capacity building
  • Awareness raising
  • Community capacity building
  • Water supply and sanitation
  • Improved soil and water management techniques

Social inclusion

  • Women
  • Youth/Children

Gender equality

  • Livelihoods for women

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender responsive


  • People pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 2.4 Ensure sustainable food production, maintain key ecosystems
  • 1.5 Build resilience of poor to climate, shocks
  • 13.1 Strengthen resilience, adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)

  • Individuals/Entrepreneurs

Hot topic

  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy
  • Poverty reduction

About this project


Agriculture based livelihoods is the primary means of support and principal source of income for the rural communities of the Bandundu, Bas Congo, Kasaï oriental and Katanga Provinces. Yet, in these provinces, climate change has reduced yields and made it difficult to diversify farming operations, resulting in losses of income of up to 50% for some farmers. This constitutes a major obstacle to achieving food security and social development for the poor populations in these rural communities. This situation has particularly exacerbated the vulnerability of women. Women are at a disadvantage both with regard to access to productive resources and control over the means of support. Yet, the role of women in farming is critical. 85% of rural women work in farming and are the main producers. They represent 60% of agricultural workers and 73% of farmers, and produce 80% of food products for household consumers. Moreover, through impacts on household socioeconomic conditions, climate change, affects the rights of children in key sectors to have access to health and education. This project, entitled “Improving women's and children's resiliency and capacity to adapt to climate change in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,'' is a community-based project focusing on the needs of women and children in four provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Bandundu, Bas Congo, Kasaï Oriental and Katanga). Its goal is to improve the capacities of rural workers and households to reduce vulnerability of communities to climate change. The project has two following components: component 1: Sustainable diversified practices of households, under which diversified farm practices (integrated fish farming, cattle and goat raising, irrigated farming, etc.) and farm production transformation are supported, with the additional support of agro-meteorological information; and component 2: Building key capacities to conduct activities of resilience to climate change, under which capacity building actions are supported, particularly by improving adapted seed production, technology transfers, and training women who process farm products (including fish farming products), and training community radio operators.


Vulnerable communities adopt and adapt livelihood strategies in innovative ways based on current and future climate changes scenarios in Democratic Republic of Congo (Bas Congo, Kasaï Est, Katanga et Bandundu Provinces).

USD $4,825,000

Grant amount

USD $15,600,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Least Developed Countries Fund ($4,825,000)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Dem. Rep. of the Congo

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