About FCFA

Sub-Saharan Africa is developing rapidly. The region’s population is expected to almost double by 2050 and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) could increase more than ten-fold. Governments and businesses are investing around USD 70 billion a year in infrastructure alone across Africa.

At the same time, it is the only region where vulnerability to weather extremes is rising. Since 1980, more than 420,000 people have died from climate-related events and economic damages have totalled at least US 9 billion. Future climate change is expected to create an even more challenging environment for development in the region.

FCFA’s goals

The ultimate goal of FCFA is to reduce disruption and damage from climate change and to safeguard economic development and poverty eradication efforts over the long-term. In this way, FCFA aims to make new African infrastructure and urban and rural plans and investments more climate-resilient.

FCFA aims to:

  • Significantly improve scientific understanding of climate variability and change across Africa and the impact of climate change on specific development decisions.
  • Demonstrate flexible methods for integrating improved climate information and tools in decision-making.
  • Improve medium to long term (5-40 year) decision-making, policies, planning and investment by African stakeholders and donors.

FCFA will be delivered by five independent research consortia, with support from a central coordination unit.

FCFA will make six important contributions to African development

  • We will deliver world-leading research to advance knowledge and prediction of African climate variability and change in areas critical to informing development decisions with long-term consequences.
  • We will deliver a suite of robust, easy-to-use climate information products tailored for decision-making.
  • We will develop evidence and tools to support better integration of climate information into decision-making.
  • We will carry out pilot studies at demonstration sites, co-produced with people who need to use the climate information, to figure out how the information and tools can be used to support real decision-making processes. (You can find out more about the demonstration sites under our ‘Locations’ menu on this site.)
  • We will build the knowledge and skills of users in how to apply climate information in practice.
  • We will strengthen scientific capacity and international collaboration in Africa.

Get involved with FCFA

We would like to hear from you on ways to work together. Please contact FCFA’s Coordination, Capacity Development and Knowledge Exchange Unit to explore possible partnership. Contact us on this page.