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UNFCCC Momentum for Change Climate Action Award to IDB-NDF supported program


The Proadapt project "Proadapta Sertão" was one of 15 ground-breaking projects announced as winners of the prestigious award

Also known as the MAIS Program (Modulo Agroclimático Inteligente e Sustentável), Proadapta Sertão is helping farmers to adapt to climate change and ensure food security in the Jacuípe Basin, Brazil’s semi-arid region. The northeastern region of Brazil is considered one of the most socially, economically, and environmentally vulnerable regions in Brazil and is characterised by recurring droughts and floods. These cycles have intensified due to climate change and has brought about a decrease in agricultural production and an increase in deforestation. The program has been tested among 650 farmers and has helped farmers implement best practices in animal nutrition, farm management, food and water security, and restoration of degraded pastureland soil to help them prepare for times of intense drought and ensure food security in the region. The program has resulted in an increase of dairy production for the farmers by 63% and their income more than doubled. Moreover, the program resulted in a 30% improvement in pastureland, a 50% decrease in the water footprint of the area’s farms and a 30% reduction in production oscillations. Over 3 tonnes of CO2 is estimated to be offset for each hectare of restored pastureland.  The program is one of the first ever climate-smart agricultural programs to mainstream climate disruptive technologies among farmers in Brazil.

Momentum for Change is an initiative spearheaded by the UN Climate Change secretariat to recognise and highlight activities across the globe that are moving the world toward a highly resilient, low-carbon future. Momentum for Change recognises innovative and transformative solutions that address both climate change and wider economic, social and environmental challenges. 

Proadapt was launched in 2013 by the Inter-American Development Bank in partnership with the Nordic Development Fund. Using climate change as a catalyst for market reform, Proadapt focuses on the opportunistic side of climate change by supporting climate resilience in smaller firms and their supply chains to foster business and investment opportunities in private sector climate resilience. On the knowledge side, Proadapt supports the development and testing of resilience tools for scale up and replication.

More information
PROADAPT Building Climate Resilience in MSMEs in Latin America and the Caribbean [NDF C51]
Proadapt Newsletter Nr 4
MAIS Program: Climate-Smart Agriculture, Brazil
15 Projects Win 2018 UN Climate Action Award, UNFCCC