Climate change resilience efforts: from adaptation priorities to significant funding
Kenya is an emerging economy and is vulnerable to impact of climate change. Agriculture is the second largest composition of its GDP with a share of 34.5%. The government of Kenya views adaptation as its priority response to climate change, and successfully implemented its first national adaptation plan. Kenya has 6 readiness projects approved by the GCF with a value of USD 4.8 million and a total of 17 approved projects with a value of USD 990 million. Since 2015, Kenya has pushed forward its efforts to address the country’s vulnerability to climate change through the readiness support programme, in areas such as capacity strengthening, country programme and direct access entity support.
At a glance
Number of Readiness Grants+
Kenya has received the readiness support in 6 grants since 2015-
Amount of Readiness financing+
Cumulative funding amount of GCF Readiness Support to Kenya since 2015.-
Stakeholders consulted for Vulnerability and livelihood assessment.+
18 community groups (720 beneficiaries)-
"The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development took the lead role in national project coordination, given the significant focus on agricultural activities in the GCF Readiness Adaptation Planning support for Kenya through FAO. The Ministry successfully enhanced the capacity of counties, particularly community groups in drought-prone areas, regarding Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) concepts and implementation. This endeavor not only cultivated readiness at the national level but also at the county and community levels. We are committed to sustaining these efforts for a more sustainable and resilient future."
Coordinator Climate Change Unit – MoALD.
Readiness that enhances capacity building and private sector investment
Capacity building / trained over 700 technical staff and journalists
Private sector involvement / establishment of the local network of private sector companies
NAP knowledge base / promoting knowledge management, communication, and advocacy
Readiness paving the way for a more sustainable and climate-resilient future
Kenya climate smart agriculture framework
Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Framework Programme (KCSAFP 2017-2026) supported by Kenya’s GCF readiness grant (KEN-RS-002), allowed the climate change coordination units to be equipped with data and information management systems. The GCF Readiness supported the establishment of a strong coordination mechanism to ensure that the data and information management systems are linked with national, sectoral as well as county planning processes, and to the 3rd Medium Term Plan (MTP III 2018-2022), County Integrated Development Plans (CIDPs) as well as existing Early Warning Systems.
Accreditation support for NEMA
Entity Support for Kenya through NEMA (KEN-RS-003) supported the accreditation of NEMA, building requisite technical capacities; filling in knowledge gaps on Environmental and Social Safeguard Standards (ESS) and gender issues. Training was delivered to all NEMA staff, and targeted stakeholders and potential Executing Entities. The GCF Readiness support gave institutional strength to efficiently deliver GCF programme and realising the aspirations of the people of Kenya. NEMA got accredited in March 2016, and has one GCF project (FP175) approved worth USD 10 million. NEMA also submitted 6 concept notes for mitigation and adaptation projects.
direct access entities accreditation
NDA strengthening and country programming support for Kenya through the National Treasury (KEN-RS-004) bolstered Kenya’s readiness to access and report on climate financing. It focused on accreditation of direct access entities and to enhance the institutional capacity of the NDA to effectively coordinate with line ministries, counties, private sector, civil society organizations and development partners, and facilitate effective stakeholder engagement processes. Kenya has two accredited direct access entities (NEMA and KCB). Seven other entities were nominated for accreditation, and the GCF Readiness grant supported them through institutional gap analysis of nominated entities against the fiduciary standards and ESS and Gender. The Kenyan NDA also organized an inter-ministerial consultative meeting to discuss accreditation related matters with all GCF accredited entities including nominated entities.
Only with the RPSP
Providing capacity support for technical staff and stakeholders to enhance climate change adaptation.
Private sector integration
Focused on private sector partners to responded on climate change adaptation issues in their core business/operations.
Strengthened knowledge base
Establishing climate change-training programmes for journalists and all stakeholders to enhance knowledge base