The USAID East Africa Climate Smart Agribusiness Investment Project

The USAID East Africa Climate Smart Agribusiness Investment Project

Climate Focus has joined forces with SNV and UNIQUE to implement a two year USAID-funded initiative that aims to promote climate-smart agricultural development in East Africa. 

The project will incubate climate smart agriculture (CSA) innovations on the one hand and develop scalable investments on the other, supporting these activities through analysis, training, public private dialogue, and strategic partnerships. In doing so, the project aims to identify and grow business models that are explicitly climate smart, promote the involvement of women and youth, and contribute to the reduction of poverty.

With the three specific objectives of: 

(1) creating an enabling environment for investment in climate smart agriculture 
(2) incubating innovative, climate smart and inclusive agriculture businesses in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Uganda that lend themselves to private investment, and
(3) accelerating deployment of private capital into scalable CSA businesses

the project utilizes a strategy that relies on targeted support to promising businesses and active engagement with key public and private actors in the agricultural investment system in alignment with increasing productivity, providing incomes to smallholder farmers, gender equality, climate resilience and food security, while reducing poverty and greenhouse gas emissions.


Africa Finance & Investment Forum (AFIF) 2017 | Nairobi, Kenya | 13 February 2017 - 16 February 2017

Climate Focus will be attending this year's Africa Finance & Investment Forum (AFIF) to be held in Nairobi, Kenya from 13 February 2017 to 16 February, 2017. AFIF is an annual business platform that aims to encourage entrepreneurship, promote the growth of SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) and attract the right investments to Africa. This year's meeting will focus on access to finance in the key sectors of energy, water, ICT, health, agriculture and the agro-industry. During the conference, we will take part in B2B meetings and organise discussions with actors in the field of Climate Smart Agriculture (and related sectors, such as productive use of renewable technologies) that could benefit from access to finance (and technical capacity) in order to scale up their activities. We will extend our stay beyond the conference dates to accommodate additional meetings and further strengthen our ongoing collaboration with existing stakeholders.

Release Date

October 2016

Team Members

Charlotte Streck
Co-founder and Director
Katharina Behm
Land Use Consultant
Franziska Haupt
Senior Land Use Consultant
Simon König
Executive Director North America
Leo Mongendre
Climate Finance Consultant