Strengthening resilience and adaptive capacity to climate change in Guinea-Bissaus agrarian and water sectors

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status


Implementing period

From April 12, 2011 to December 7, 2020

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 1.5 Build resilience of poor to climate, shocks
  2. 2.4 Ensure sustainable food production, maintain key ecosystems
  3. 13.3 Improve learning, capacity on climate change measures

Project ID: 3977

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Technical team

  • Climate Change Adaptation Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Fostering Food Security and resilient agricultural systems
  • Climate resilient integrated water resource and coastal management


  • Human altered areas


  • Rural areas

Transformed sector(s)

  • Agriculture

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance


  • Capacity building
  • Management operation
  • Law regulation


  • Community capacity building
  • Institutional capacity building
  • Technical capacity building
  • Integrated water resource management
  • Laws/ Policy/ Plan formulation

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs

Gender equality


Gender result effectiveness scale



  • People pathway
  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 1.5 Build resilience of poor to climate, shocks
  • 2.4 Ensure sustainable food production, maintain key ecosystems
  • 13.3 Improve learning, capacity on climate change measures

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy

Project description

In line with guidance for the LDCF (GEF/C.28/18, May 12, 2006), this proposal seeks LDCF funding for a Full-Size Project (FSP) in Guinea-Bissau to implement adaptation priorities identified from the process of preparing its National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA), concluded in 2008. Guinea-BissauÔÇÖs NAPA identified the need to address the vulnerability to climate change of both the agrarian and the water sectors, including increased climatic variability, as a key national priority for economic development. The NAPA indicated that these two sectors are critical for the subsistence of the overwhelming majority of households and form the foundation of for the countryÔÇÖs economy, but they are, at the same time, among the most vulnerable sectors to climate change, in particular decreased rainfall. With UNDPÔÇÖs technical support in capacity building and financial assistance from the LDCF, the project constitutes an immediate and urgent adaptive response to tackling climate change challenges in Guinea-Bissau. More specifically, LDCF resources will be used to enhance Guinea-BissauÔÇÖs resilience and adaptation capacity to climate change risks in the water and agrarian sectors.A three-pronged approach will contribute to enhancing Guinea-BissauÔÇÖs resilience and adaptation capacity to climate change risks in the agrarian and water sectors. The proposed LDCF intervention directly addresses priorities number #1 and #2 of the NAPA ÔÇô following a request from government to apply an integrated approach combining the agrarian and the water sectors ÔÇô and it encompasses actions foreseen in several of the priority profiles proposed in the NAPA , as follows: Component 1) Capacity Development: Adaptive capacity to respond to climate change will be developed at the systemic, institutional and individual level. The interventions will target decision-makers, farmers and technical officers in relevant agencies, who will be trained. The relevant policies, plans, strategies and programmes will be subject to review from a climate risk perspective. A national multi-sectoral committee to advise on climate change adaptation practices will be created and trained (members will include government, development partners, NGO players, community-based organisations, the private sector, academia and the media). In addition, the quality and timing of climate information and early warning communications for relevant planning processes the water and agrarian sectors will be improved. Component 2) Pilot sites: The PPG process will define project sites, taking NAPA geographical priorities into consideration. Interventions will include the demonstration of efficient water use in crop production systems, in rural water supply systems; the introduction of climate resilient food production methods, small-ruminant breeding and water resource management at the local level. Component 3) Knowledge Mgt & Upscale: On-site experiences, best practices and lessons learned will be compiled and disseminated with the involvement of the national multi-sectoral committee. There will be contributions to the Adaptation Learning Mechanism (ALM) and a project website will be created. Finally, the basis for replicating pilot experiences will be established, so that learning, feedback and adaptive management will be generally ensured.

USD $4,130,000

Grant amount

USD $20,020,431

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Least Developed Countries Fund ($4,130,000)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Guinea-Bissau

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