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Louise Brown

Engaging private sector in financing local climate adaptation: What lessons can we learn from Africa and how to scale them up?

“I nearly lost everything this year, when my rice farm almost collapsed during an unprecedented drought.”  Mrs. Sacca has been farming rice for the past seven years on her two one-hectare plots of lowland near N’Dali, north-east of Benin. The rice she grows is the main source of subsistence for her family. On a good year, she can generate enough revenue from her rice sales to pay her children’s school fees and to keep her family clothed, fed and housed. “It was a close call! The rains were late on one of my two rice furrows, which are 5km apart.