This project aims to reduce climate vulnerability and increase the resilience and adaptive capacity in rural and peri-urban settlements and small-scale farmers in productive landscapes in the uMgungundlovu District Municipality (UMDM), KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa, that are threatened by climate variability and change, through an integrated adaptation approach.

This is enabled through implementing a suite of complementary gender sensitive project interventions, focusing on:

  • early warning and ward-based disaster response systems
  • ecological and engineering infrastructure solutions specifically focused on vulnerable communities, including women
  • integrating the use of climate-resilient crops and climate-smart techniques into new and existing farming systems
  • disseminating adaptation lessons learned and policy recommendations, to facilitate scaling up and replication

A number of sites have been identified by the UMDM as demonstration sites for the project. Four sites have been selected, based on the results of a vulnerability assessment, stakeholder consultations, and subsequent short-listing and ground-truthing through site visits. The sites are:

  • low-lying high-density settlements
  • the rural area of Ward 8 of Vulindlela, Msunduzi Local Municipality
  • the rural farming area of Ward 8 of Swayimane, uMshwathi Local Municipality
  • the rural area of Ward 5 of Nhlazuka, Richmond Local Municipality.

The majority of the population in the province of KwaZulu-Natal lives in rural or peri-urban areas, often in informal settlements; UMDM has a population of one million people, with a high percentage of poverty, HIV/AIDS prevalence and a very high proportion of female-headed households.


Component 1: Early warning and response systems improve preparedness and adaptive capacity of local communities and small scale farmers, drawing on and integrating scientific and local knowledge

USD 945,737

Component 2: A combination of ecological and engineering solutions helps local communities to reduce vulnerability to the existing and anticipated impacts of climate variability and change

USD 3,197,307

Component 3: Small scale farmers have improved resilience and reduced vulnerability to existing and anticipated impacts of climate variability and change

USD 1,410,476

Component 4: Capacity building and sharing of lessons and policy recommendations facilitates scaling up and replication

USD 698,116

Project/Programme Execution Cost

USD 656,249

Total Project/Programme Cost (= Project Components + Execution Cost)

USD 6,907,885

Implementing Fee

USD 587,170

Grant Amount (= Total Project/Programme Cost + Implementing Fee) 

USD 7,495,055



Project Documents

Attachment Type Size
Project document PDF 2 MB
Inception Report PDF 714 KB
PPR1 (for web) XLSX 149 KB
PPR2 (for web) XLSX 155 KB
PPR4 (for web) XLSX 249 KB
PPR5 (for web) XLSX 220 KB
PPR6 (for web) XLSX 213 KB
Other project order PDF 85 KB