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Environmental Innovation Fund

The results of a survey distributed to CCA's development partners in 2013 determined that one of their most pressing concerns was climate change adaptation and mitigation. Unfortunately a lack of funding and technical assistance had limited their ability to do anything about it. As a result CCA created the Environmental Innovation Fund which provided an opportunity to scale up or add new activities that focused on improving environmental sustainability. From this opportunity two projects were developed: Building Women's Resiliency for Climate Change through Commercial Woodlots, a supplement to the Ghana-Fostering Project, and the Environment Innovation Fund extension of the Integrated Finance and Agricultural Production Initiative (IFAPI-III).

Woodlot project participants show off their seedlings

Results at a glance
Environment Innovation Fund extension of the Integrated Finance and Agricultural Production Initiative (IFAPI-III)
Fuel-efficient cook stoves
• 100% of participants adopted the fuel-efficient cook stoves for use in their home.
• There has been an average reduction of 26% in cooking time, freeing up time for other activities.
• Household air quality and health has improved, and there has been a 58% reduction in the number of respiratory illnesses.
• There has also been a 57% reduction in firewood consumption on an individual level.
Tree nurseries
• 100% of participants (i.e. youth) involved were applying the training they received in various ways.
• Participants noted that the tree nurseries have the potential to solve youth unemployment and delinquency.
• All participants earned an income that they later reinvested.
  
Building Women's Resiliency for Climate Change through Commercial Woodlots
Woodlots
• Six exclusively women-managed woodlots have been started that cover a total of 30 hectares.
• Project participants are now more aware of the negative effects of tree cutting for fuel wood/charcoal production (i.e. women now prefer to search for dry wood instead of cutting new trees).
• Women are able to exercise more resource ownership and control while reducing their travel time to search for fuel wood, and can now engage in other economic activities.

Total Budget
$348,835

Term
3 years

Direct Beneficiaries
69,400 households

Indirect Beneficiaries
277,670 individuals

Implementing Partners
  • SEND (Social Enterprise Development Foundation)
  • UCA (Uganda Co-operative Alliance)
Financial Partners
  • CDF (Co-operative Development Founadtion of Canada)
  • DFATD (Department of Foreign Affairs. Trade and Development)

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