WFP is the second largest multilateral implementing entity of the UNFCCC’s Adaptation Fund, helping build the climate resilience of the world’s most food insecure populations through the implementation of adaptation activities around the world.

The Adaptation Fund

The Adaptation Fund was established by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to finance concrete climate change adaptation projects and programmes in particularly climate vulnerable developing countries that are also parties to the Kyoto Protocol. It funds projects that reduce vulnerability and increase adaptive capacity to climate change impacts.

The goal is to produce ‘visible and tangible results’ on the ground. Since 2011, the fund has dedicated US$ 265 million in projects to increase climate resilience in 44 countries around the world.

Overview of WFP’s Involvement with the Adaptation Fund

WFP provides the AF with knowledge and experience in food security and resilience programming, analysis, programme design,  systems and tools,  and access and knowledge of local communities, as well as its work to improve national, state and community level capacities. 

The Adaptation Fund divides project roles between ‘implementing’ and ‘executing’ functions. As a multilateral implementing entity (MIE), WFP acts as fund manager and provides project oversight including monitoring, evaluation and audit functions. Most frequently a national partner such as a government ministry – called the executing entity (EE) –  takes on day-to-day project execution functions, with WFP providing support, monitoring and capacity building. 

Key Facts and Projects

  • WFP was accredited by the Adaptation Fund as a multilateral implementing entity (MIE) in June 2010, alongside UNDP, UNEP, ADB and IFAD
  • WFP is the second largest MIE implementer of the Adaptation Fund, after UNDP
  • WFP has six approved projects in Africa, Latin America and Asia:   

Ecuador

  • Title: Enhancing Resilience of Communities to the Adverse Effects of Climate Change on Food Security, in Pichincha Province and the Jubones River Basin
  • Value: $ 7,450,000 
  • Project dates: July 2011 - July 2016 (five years)
  • Inception workshop: May 2012 

Egypt

  • Title: Building Resilient Food Security Systems to Benefit the Southern Egyptian Region 
  • Value: $ 6,904, 000
  • Project dates: August 2012 - August 2016 (four years)
  • Inception workshop: June 2013 

Sri Lanka

  • TitleAddressing Climate Change Impacts on Marginalized Agricultural Communities Living in the Mahaweli River Basin of Sri Lanka
  • Value: $ 7,990,000
  • Project dates: March 2013 - February 2016 (three years)
  • Inception workshop: November 2013 

Mauritania

  • TitleEnhancing Resilience of Communities to the Adverse Effects of Climate Change on Food Security in Mauritania
  • Value: $ 7,804,000
  • Project dates: January 2013 - December 2016 (four years)
  • Inception workshop: August 2014