Africa Innovates 


50 African Homegrown Innovations Tackling Climate Change

As countries face their ‘now or never moment’ for decisive climate action, local communities across the world are already designing and implementing an astonishing range of cutting-edge climate action initiatives.

The challenge now is to rapidly surface and scale-up the very best of these grassroots solutions to drive a critical
mass of climate action that will help to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

From preventing food waste and transforming food systems to renewable energy; from houses made of biodegradable
materials to new ways to manage waste – these are some of the stories of Africans leading the way in giving the continent hope and inventing the tools to confront the climate crisis.

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Nowhere is the immense inequality of the climate crisis starker than in Africa.
Droughts, changing weather patterns, torrential rains and floods continue to devastate countless lives and livelihoods.

We are proud to see these solutions. They point to what is emerging as best practice – that real development solutions are homegrown.

In the spirit of partnership, this issue is jointly produced with the United Nations Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), the implementing arm of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Technology Mechanism. The CTCN supports developing countries who are seeking technical assistance, capacity-building and knowledge for technology transfer and climate-resilient development.

The Centre connects countries with innovative solutions, supported by a global network of 650 civil society, private sector, and research institutions.