Program on Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA): Financing Climate Resilient Agricultural Practices in Ghana

Program on Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA): Financing Climate Resilient Agricultural Practices in Ghana

Empowering vulnerable women groups in the country’s most vulnerable agricultural zone by improving their participation in low-emission climate resilient agricultural practices

Although women carry out about 70 percent of agricultural activities in Ghana, they often do not have full control over incomes and agricultural products. They also lack access to formal, financing channels.

This programme is an on-lending programme providing credit lines to local commercial banks. These loans will exclusively target micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and farmer-based associations led by women to support low-emissions and climate-resilient agricultural practices. It seeks to empower women entrepreneurs through enhanced access to finance. This proposal was selected under the GCF MSME request for proposal pilot programme in 2016.

The Secretariat, in consultation with the Accredited Entity and National Designated Authority, will present to the Board options regarding increasing the grant portion of GCF funding to the benefit of the most vulnerable women.

This project has an estimated lifespan of 5 years.

Total project value


Tonnes of emissions avoided






Result areas

Project timeline


30 Aug 2016 - 1043 days

Concept note received

30 Aug 2016

Funding proposal received

12 May 2017

Cleared by GCF Secretariat

23 Apr 2019

Cleared by iTAP

14 Jun 2019


08 Jul 2019 - 569 days so far

Approved by GCF Board

08 Jul 2019

Under implementation


One region

  • Africa

One country

One priority group

  • African States
  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing

LoanUSD 18,500,000
GrantUSD 1,500,000


Co-FinancingIn-kindUSD 600,000
Co-FinancingLoanUSD 5,000,000

GCF Contacts

General media inquiries

GCF Communications
Phone +82 10 4458 7751
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Request for information

GCF Information Disclosure
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Project complaints and grievances

GCF Independent Redress Mechanism (IRM)
Phone +82 32 458 6157
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Integrity issues

GCF Independent Integrity Unity (IIU)
Phone +82 32 458 6155
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Accredited Entity

African Development Bank

Mr. Timothy Afful-Koomson
Chief Climate Finance Officer

National Designated Authority


Ministry of Finance

Dr. Alhassan Iddrisu
Director of Economic Strategy and Research Division
P.O. Box MB 40 Ministries, Accra, Ghana