West & East Africa

In the face of climate change, sub-Saharan Africa has to cope with diverse challenges. A fast growing population, increasing demand for resources and arising conflicts need to be managed in a sustainable way guided through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Especially food, water and energy security are crucial for a resilient development pathway.

Our Work in the Region

Seasonal forecasts and climate change scenarios help to assess the impacts on the water, energy and agricultural sector on a national and community level. This capacity building outlines the ground for assessing climate risks on water resources and agricultural production and helps understanding climate induced migration patterns for a higher resilience towards regional climate variability.

The provision and access to affordable and renewable energy, e. g. hydropower, in sub-Saharan African countries is pivotal for sustainable development in the near future. A growing demand for electricity and the plans to reduce GHG emissions call for smart planning and climate resilient development concerning energy production and distribution infrastructure.  

Another pillar to strengthen food security in the region is the assessment of adaptation options in the agricultural sector through assessing crop production scenarios under climate change. From this potential adaptation strategies are developed, like insurance options for farmers and improvement of agronomic management, in close collaboration with stakeholders. To translate climate policy goals into actions, science-based adaptation planning can contribute by climate risk analyses and assessment of potential adaptation strategies. In order to guarantee food security various forms of food production need to coexist. Nomadic livestock herding can cause tension regarding land use rights. The prevention of farmer herder conflicts is one aspect of our work.

Selected Ongoing Projects

  • Agrica_21 Support of the AGRICA-project in Sub-Saharan Africa by implementing additional measures; funded by GIZ; 01.10.2021-31.08.2023; contact: L. Murken
  • AGRICA_Madagaskar Climate risk analyses for adaptation planning in Madagascar; funded by GIZ; 01.12.2021-30.06.2025; contact: L. Murken
  • Agrica_Sahel Climate risk analyses for adaptation planning in sub-Saharan Africa; funded by BMZ; 01.01.2021-31.12.2023; contact: C. Gornott
  • B-EPICC-RD2 Klimakapazitätsvorsorge: Risikovorhersage und -Minimierung funded by BMUB; 01.01.2022-31.12.2023; contact: F. Hattermann, C. Gornott
  • CCH CP2  Climate Change and Health in Sub-Saharan Africa - CP2. Provision of climate and bio-physical forcing data for health impact projections; funded by DFG; 01.01.2020-30.04.2023; contact: K. Frieler,  F. Hattermann
  • CCH PI3  Climate Change and Health in Sub-Saharan Africa - PI_3 Weather-related impacts on crop yields and food production; funded by DFG; 01.06.2021-31.05.2024; contact: H. Lotze-Campen, C. Gornott
  • DecLaRe Decision support for strengthening land resilience in the face of global challenges; funded by BMBF DLR; 01.11.2022-31.10.2026; contact: C. Gornott
  • DFG_prenatal  How do prenatal and postnatal circumstances interact in shaping health? An interdisciplinary approach using quasi-experiments; funded by DFG; 14.03.2022-13.03.2025; contact: S. Gabrysch
  • FSEC  Food System Economics Commission; funded by EAT Foundation; 01.11.2020-30.06.2023; contact: H. Lotze-Campen
  • MECCA  Targeting Mental Models of Climate Change Risk to facilitate Climate Action; funded by BMBF, PT DLR; 01.09.2019-31.05.2023; contact: S. Liersch
  • NaWu_PH  Nachwuchsförderfonds Dr. Pritzsche Stiftung; funded by Dr. Pritzsche Stiftung; 01.01.2021-31.12.2025; contact: S. Gabrysch
  • Nu-Tree  Integrating nutrition and health into agroforestry projects of GIZ and NGOs in sub-Saharan Africa: a feasibility study; funded by DBU; 01.04.2022–31.03.2024; contact: S. Gabrysch
  • SCARF Scaling agroforestry for holistic climate resilience-building in rural Tanzania ; funded by BMU; 01.12.2022-30.11.2025; contact: C. Gornott

Selected Finished Projects

Involved Working Groups (alphabetical order)