Adams Kwaw

Senior Environmental and Social Safeguards Specialist
Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT


What’s your role at AICCRA and the journey that led you here?  

I am the Lead Environmental and Social Safeguards Specialist coordinating the assessment and management of environmental and social (E&S) risks and impacts on the AICCRA Project and ensuring the project compliance with relevant national environmental laws and the World Bank Environmental and Social Standards. In so doing, I assist Project Teams at both regional and country level in preparing and implementing E&S instruments approved by the World Bank for the mitigation of adverse E&S risks and impacts.

Prior to this role, I worked with the World Bank Office in Ghana as an Environmental and Social Development Consultant where I oversees to the assessment and management of environmental and social risk and impacts on the Bank’s funded projects in Ghana, Liberia, and Sierra Leone and further ensuring social inclusion, and sustainable outcomes of such projects. I obtained my degrees from University of Development in Ghana and University of Antwerp in Belgium.

Tell us why you think AICCRA can help deliver a climate-smart future for Africa?  

I believe that AICCRA is at the edge of facilitating a breakthrough in climate-smart agriculture for Africa because of the strategic partnerships the project has forged with key enablers of Africa’s agricultural transformation (i.e., the private sector, academia, national research institutions, and farmers) to accelerate the adoption of climate smart agricultural (CSA) practices and climate information services (CIS).

The project emphasis on inclusion, particularly of women in the acceleration of CSA/CIS adoption further improves the prospects as about 60-80% of women on the continent are involved in agriculture.