About the Program

T he Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC) documents evidence for wide ranging impacts from climate change on freshwater resources, food, fibre, forest products, coastal systems, low lying areas, industry, settlements, society and human health. The impacts will vary regionally, with more adverse impacts expected in low latitude and Polar Regions. It is likely that climate change can slow progress toward sustainable development and impede achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through direct adverse impacts and erosion of the capacity to adapt. Poor communities are especially vulnerable due to limited adaptive capacities and high dependence on climate sensitive resources, with the result that climate change will likely delay poverty reduction efforts.

Africa is identified by the IPCC as one of the region’s most vulnerable to climate variability and climate change due to multiple stresses and low adaptive capacity. Projected impacts in Africa include increased water stress that would negatively impact livelihoods and access to water; reduced agricultural yields, growing season length, and reduced area suitable for crop agriculture, which would adversely affect food security and exacerbate malnutrition; decreased freshwater fisheries; and impacts of sea level rise on large populations in coastal areas. Particularly vulnerable are semi-arid and arid areas of Africa.

However, several obstacles are impeding effective action in developing countries. Important obstacles include low levels of awareness of the scale at which climate change and its risks manifests, lack of understanding of the findings of the IPCC and other sources of scientific information, lack of location

Prior Initiatives

Between 2008 and 2015, IDRC has supported two climate-related award programmes run from the University of Nairobi (K) and University of Dar es Salaam. These are the Innovative Application of ICTs in Addressing Water-related Impacts of Climate Change (ICTWCC) programme and The African Climate Change Fellowship Program (ACCFP) programme respectively whose objectives were to undertake research and other activities to improve the quality and scope of knowledge available on climate change adaptation and preparedness in Africa, Asia and LACSA regions. The AfrCLP programme aims to build on these past investments by IDRC to achieve sustainability and impact at scale.


Prof. Timothy Waema

University of Nairobi

Professor of Information Systems in the School of Computing and Informatics in the University of Nairobi

Dr. Elikana Kalumanga

University of Dar es Salaam

Wildlife Ecologist at University of Dar es Salaam, Institute of Resource Assessment

Dr. Madaka Tumbo

University of Dar es Salaam

Associate Director and Lecturer at the Institute of Resource Assessment (IRA), University of Dar es Salaam

Laban MacOpiyo, PhD

Rangelands Scientist

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Mercy Njue

Research Officer

Founder Botlab Botlab theme areas: AI, BI, ML.
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