Mali Climate Change Adaptation Activity (MCCAA)
Mali is particularly vulnerable to the impact of climate change: Its rainfall has decreased by an estimated 30 percent since the 1980s, and the livelihoods of 80 percent of the population depend on farming. The USAID Mali Climate Change Adaptation Activity (MCCAA) partners with Mali’s National Meteorological Agency, known as “Mali Météo,” to create community-based systems that can respond effectively to climate change. MCCAA increases vulnerable groups’ access to accurate, timely climate data and their understanding of how to use it. In doing so, MCCAA equips these groups to adapt to fluctuations in temperature, rainfall, and other extreme climate patterns and to make well-informed decisions pertinent to their livelihoods. Additionally, MCCAA works with local governments to apply the participatory Climate Proofing for Development methodology, support their development of climate change adaptation plans, and assist them with integrating these plans into their broader five-year development plans. By viewing development through the lens of climate change, local governments can enable their constituents to pursue livelihood activities that will enhance their climate resilience.