To improve Africa's resilience to climate change, pests and disease, the African Plant Breeding Academy (APBA) has announced that it will train scientists and technicians to breed plants and trees that have previously received little scientific research attention because of their low market value. The APBA was established to boost the profile and production of "orphan crops," which are neglected but nutritious crops.
The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has reported
that the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) of the Global Environment
Facility (GEF) approved a US$43.63m grant for a UNDP-led initiative to
strengthen climate information and early warning systems in ten African
The US$43.63 million programme will be implemented
in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Liberia, Malawi, São Tomé and Principe,
Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. The programme is supported through
the GEF's Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF).
The Programme of Research on Climate Change
Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA) has released a report titled
'Research Priorities on Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation: Responding to
the Climate Change Challenge,' which presents global research priorities that
were identified through a consultation process with experts and policymakers,
and are intended to serve as guidance to researchers, donor groups and other