The objective is to foster sustained economic growth, reduce poverty and enhance food security through strengthening the adaptive capacity of 800,000 rural communities to better respond to current climate variability and long-term consequences of climate change in the Kafue sub-basin.


Zambia’s climate is highly variable, with frequent droughts, seasonal floods, extreme temperatures and dry spells. Floods and droughts have increased in frequency over the past three decades, costing the nation an estimated 0.4 percent in annual economic growth. Projected temperatures are expected to increase by 3-5oC by 2100, with average precipitation declining during the early rainy season (October to December) and intensifying thereafter. Without adaptation, rainfall variability alone could keep an additional 300,000 people in poverty over the next decade, and reduce annual GDP growth by 0.9 percent. Climate change and variability is in turn affecting agriculture and natural resource productivity, thereby exacerbating poverty and contributing to decline in economic growth. Due to this observed climate trend, Zambia was one of the three countries in Africa selected for the PPCR, which is funded by the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) – a multi-donor Trust Fund under the CIF.

Objectives and Outputs:

The SCRIKA will foster food security, sustained growth and poverty reduction by strengthening the adaptive capacity of 800,000 rural communities who depend on rainfed agriculture and natural resources for subsistence and livelihood, to better respond to climate variability and long-term climate change consequences. By strengthening the capacity to cope with floods and droughts, the Project will increase climate resilience in the Kafue sub-basin. The Project will be implemented over 5 years from 2013 at a total cost of $38 million in 9 districts of the Kafue basin. The primary beneficiaries include poor rural farmers who often suffer climate-related losses, and other vulnerable groups depending on natural resources for livelihoods. 30 percent of the direct beneficiaries are youth and women.

The Project introduces new approaches on integrating climate change risks into local area planning in the agriculture and natural resources sectors. It uses output and performance-based road contracting for upgrading and maintenance of rural roads. Furthermore, long term climate risks were integrated into rural roads design for strengthening their ability to withstand floods and extreme weather patterns. Generated best practices and lessons learned will be disseminated for use in future projects.

The Project design has taken into account the entire agriculture value chain to ensure that roads are accessible throughout the year to enable the communities and farmers to transport their produce to the markets. The Project will also support activities that will provide alternative means of livelihoods.

The Project is fully aligned with the Zambia national development plan, the AfDB Country Strategy Paper and the Ten Year Strategy, all of which recognize climate change adaptation as key to ensuring effective development outcomes. The Project is also complementary to other climate change projects supported by cooperating partners.

In the News:

Zambia gets $38 million green light to increase climate-resilient growth in the Kafue Sub-Basin (AfDB, September 27, 2013)

Project Details
Cover Page | Public Information Document | Project Document | Request of Additional PPCR Resources | Note on Alignment with PPCR Objectives | Proposed Decision
Approved on September 25, 2013 (Approved Decision
Approved amount(s): 
USD 20.5 million (grant funding)
USD 17.5 million (credits)

MDB Project Implementation Services (MPIS)  
Approved amount(s): 
USD 390,000 (Final tranche)

Comments and Responses:
United Kingdom (September 24, 2013)
United States (September 25, 2013)
Spain and Germany (September 25, 2013)

Project Preparation Grant
Project Preparation Grant Proposal (Page 84)
Approved on June 29, 2011 (Approved Decision)
Approved amount(s): 
USD 1.0 million