Accelerating Impacts of CGIAR Climate Research for Africa (AICCRA) supports millions of smallholder farmers across Africa to access and use proven innovations in climate information services and ‘climate-smart’ agriculture.
With better access to innovative technology and advisory services—linked to information about effective response measures—farmers are enabled to better anticipate climate events and take preventative action that helps their communities safeguard livelihoods and the environment.
AICCRA has teams in six countries: Senegal, Ghana, Mali, Ethiopia, Kenya and Zambia, and a number of regional initiatives that complement national activities to deliver benefits for a broader range of stakeholders across West Africa and East and Southern Africa. AICCRA teams also focus on four themes: Knowledge, partnerships, innovation and gender and social inclusion. A full list of participating CGIAR research centers and partners can be found here.
AICCRA is set to have reached five million people with such innovation by the end of 2023, building on more than five decades of innovation led by CGIAR - the world’s largest publicly funded research partnerships for agriculture and food security. You can explore more of AICCRA's results here.
What is CGIAR?
CGIAR is a global research partnership for a food-secure future dedicated to transforming food, land, and water systems in a climate crisis. Read more.
AICCRA is spearheading a new approach for CGIAR, focusing largely on scaling proven innovations developed by CGIAR and its partners. Moreover, CGIAR researchers supported by AICCRA are seeking answers to fundamental questions of the economic, social and institutional contexts in which innovation can flourish in Africa. AICCRA partners aim to discover how innovation can be packaged (or 'bundled') with complementary actions and policies, which together deliver impact beyond the sum-of-the-parts of any one innovation alone, offer transformative opportunities to smallholder farmers in Africa. Read AICCRA's vision for scaling.
AICCRA is led by the Alliance Bioversity International - CIAT (a CGIAR research center) and is supported by a grant from the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank Group, which is the part of the World Bank that helps the world’s poorest countries. The IDA grant is used to enhance research and capacity-building activities led by CGIAR and national or regional African partners in IDA eligible countries.
In December 2023, World Bank Group Global Director for Agriculture and Food Global Practice Martien van Nieuwkoop confirmed at COP28 in Dubai that USD 100 Million will be made available through IDA in additional finance to the AICCRA project in 2024-2025. Read more.
AICCRA builds on the legacy of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), a CGIAR Research Program which operated on a global scale for more than a decade, coming to its conclusion in 2021 under the 'OneCGIAR' transformation.