Africa Climate Action Initiative (ACAI)
The Africa Climate Action Initiative (ACAI) works alongside African communities on the front lines of climate change. Our mission is to enhance the climate mitigation and adaptation response of African nations and their communities, while building solidarity between Canadian and African communities tackling climate change.
Africa is the continent the most vulnerable to climate change, despite accounting for under 4 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. Climate change acts as a threat multiplier to existing challenges, including food insecurity, water scarcity, waterborne diseases, governance challenges and conflicts across the continent.
Hundreds of millions of people are being impacted. 70 percent of the total African population depends on agriculture, with 95 percent of this food production relying on rainfall. Increasingly uncertain rainfall and extreme weather patterns are having severe ramifications for food security, poverty eradication, and the achievement and maintenance of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
We believe Africa has the resources it needs to confront these challenges and lead the way towards a healthy and regenerative future. ACAI works with partners to support the advancement of the initiatives underway across the continent.
ACAI works with a range of partners to strengthen the climate change response across Africa and in Canada.
Our work is grounded on the following pillars:
ACAI also engages in capacity building training, knowledge sharing, community building and fundraising activities. Previous initiatives: