Inclusive Green Financing Initiative (IGREENFIN I): Greening Agricultural Banks & the Financial Sector to Foster Climate Resilient, Low Emission Smallholder Agriculture in the Great Green Wall (GGW) countries - Phase I

Inclusive Green Financing Initiative (IGREENFIN I): Greening Agricultural Banks & the Financial Sector to Foster Climate Resilient, Low Emission Smallholder Agriculture in the Great Green Wall (GGW) countries - Phase I

  • Status Under implementation
  • Date approved 29 Mar 2022 at B.31
  • Est. completion 30 Jan 2030
  • ESS Category Category B

Countries covered by the ambitious Great Green Wall initiative to reverse land degradation in Africa are among the world’s poorest and most climate vulnerable. Climate shocks are causing a loss of assets, crops and livestock; disruptions to value chains; and soaring food prices. Projections indicate persistent agricultural strain - as rainfall levels are set to continue declining while temperatures increase.

This cross-cutting programme will enhance access to credit and technical assistance for local farmers, farmers’ organisations, cooperatives and micro and small sized enterprises. This will help them implement climate-resilient and low-emission agriculture and agroforestry. This programme covers 11 countries in the Great Green Wall, in addition to Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. A major aim of the initiative is to build greater coherence and complementarity of climate action in Africa.

Total project value


Tonnes of emissions avoided






Result areas

Project timeline


10 Jul 2020 - 628 days

Concept note received

10 Jul 2020

Funding proposal received

30 Mar 2021

Cleared by iTAP

28 Mar 2022


29 Mar 2022 - 673 days

Approved by GCF Board

29 Mar 2022

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

31 Mar 2022

FAA executed

01 Apr 2022

Under implementation

30 Jan 2024 - 112 days so far

FAA effective

30 Jan 2024

Disbursement - USD 4,539,145

25 Mar 2024

To be completed

30 Jan 2030 - 2,081 days to go

One region

  • Africa

Thirteen countries

Two priority groups

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

GCF financing4% disbursed

LoanUSD 79,368,025
GrantUSD 32,665,438
Total GCF Financing
USD 112,033,464


Co-FinancingGrantUSD 28,131,748
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 15,873,605
Co-FinancingLoanUSD 12,345,493
Co-FinancingLoanUSD 13,228,004
Co-FinancingLoanUSD 8,818,669
Total Co-Financing
USD 78,397,521

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Accredited Entity

International Fund for Agricultural Development
Dr. Jyotsna Puri

Associate Vice-President, Strategy and Knowledge Department (SKD)
Via Paolo di Dono, 44, Rome, Italy
Phone +39 06 5459 2109
Mr. Pierre-Yves Guedez

Senior Climate Finance Specialist, Environment, Climate, Gender and Social Inclusion Division (ECG)
Via Paolo di Dono, 44, Rome, Italy
More contacts

National Designated Authority

Burkina Faso
Prime Ministry
Mr. Nebyida Lamech KABORE Primary
Policy Officer
Phone +22676 51 50 80
Phone +226 78 29 27 26
Mr. Basile OUEDRAOGO Secondary
Policy Officer
Phone +226 78 16 48 58
Phone +226 67 29 24 54
Ministry of the Environment, Fisheries and Sustainable Development
Expert Environmentaliste
Avenue Idriss Miskine, N’djamena, Chad
Phone +235 60 28 28 10
Phone +235 90 88 01 01
Côte d'Ivoire
Minister's Office, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development
Mr. Marcel YAO Primary
Public Policy, Climate Change and Ecological Transition Expert / Technical Advisor to the Minister in charge of International Cooperation and Resource Mobilization
Cite Administrative, Plateau, Tour D, 10eme etage - 20 BP 650 Abidjan 20, Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
Phone (225) 0707791504 / 2720239900
Mr. Kouadio Philippe Secondary
Deputy Director of Climate Change
Cite Administrative, Plateau, Tour D, 10eme etage - 20 BP 650 Abidjan 20, Cote d'Ivoire
Ministry of Housing, Urban Development and Environment
Mr. Dini Omar Primary
Secretary General
P.O.Box:11, Djibouti, Djibouti
Phone +253 2135 2436
His Excellency Mohamed Moussa Secondary
Minister of Urbanism, Environment and Tourism
Zone Industrielle Sud , Commune de bouloa, Djibouti, Djibouti
Phone +253 21 35 00 06
Phone (253) 21 35 83 57
Ministry of Land, Water and Environment
H.E. Tesfai Sebhatu Primary
P.O. Box 976, Asmara, Eritrea
Phone (+291-1) 126 112
Mr. Kibrom Weldegebriel Primary
GCF & UNFCCC Focal Point
Phone (+291-1) 120311
Ministry of Planning and Development
Mr Abas Ali Primary
Director, Economic Analysis and Policy
Gulele Sub-city, Woreda 1, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Phone +251 91 154 4526
Ministry of Finance
Dr. Alhassan Iddrisu Primary
Director of Economic Strategy and Research Division
P.O. Box MB 40 Ministries, Accra, Ghana
The Environment and Sustainable Development Agency
Mr. Zantigui KONE Primary
Director General
Phone +223 78 81 08 88
Mr. Amidou GOÏTA Secondary
Head of department financial resources mobilization
Cite Administrative – Batiment No. 7 – BP: 1634, Bamako, Mali
Phone +223 71768531/66883648
Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development
Mr Sidi El Wavi Primary
Policy Officer and Coordinator of the National Program on Climate Change
Phone +222 4600 8383
Niger (the)
National Council of the Environment for Sustainable Development (CNEDD)
Dr. Kamaye Maâzou Primary
Executive Secretary
Cabinet du Premier Ministre, PL 17 Rue du Gouverneur Jules Brévié, BP 10193, Niamey, Niger, Niamey, Niger (the)
Phone +227 207 22 559
Phone +27 9698 7470
Phone +227 9022 1700
National Council on Climate Change
Dr. Salisu Dahiru Primary
Director General
Headquarters Mabushi, Abuja, Nigeria
Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development
Ms. Madeleine Sarr Primary
Head of Climate Change Division
Parc Forestier de Hann, B.P. 4055 Dakar, Senegal, Dakar, Senegal
The Higher Council for Environment and Natural Resources (HCENR)
Dr Mona Ahmed Primary
Secretary General
Meknimer Street, Sudan

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