Ouémé Basin Climate-Resilience Initiative (OCRI) Benin

Ouémé Basin Climate-Resilience Initiative (OCRI) Benin

  • Status Under implementation
  • Date approved 20 Jul 2022 at B.33
  • Est. completion 28 Dec 2028
  • ESS Category Category B

The local food systems of the upper and middle Ouémé Basin in Benin, the main food basket of the country, is highly vulnerable to climate change due to intense and frequent extreme weather events, mainly flash floods and droughts. These extreme climate events directly impact the productivity of the food systems, which translates into further challenges resulting in poverty and food insecurity of the local population.

The project aims to address these climate impacts, by bringing adaptation solutions to the agricultural production system in the basin. The project will build resilience for poor and vulnerable smallholders, scale up prioritised climate-resilient agriculture and low emission agroforestry practices, build waterworks to reduce soil erosion and run-off, and overall improve land and water management in the target areas.  

Total project value


Tonnes of emissions avoided






Result areas

Project timeline


21 Dec 2017 - 1673 days

Concept note received

21 Dec 2017

Funding proposal received

30 Mar 2021

Cleared by GCF Secretariat

22 Nov 2021

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

05 Jul 2022

Cleared by iTAP

19 Jul 2022


20 Jul 2022 - 162 days

Approved by GCF Board

20 Jul 2022

FAA executed

20 Jul 2022

Under implementation

28 Dec 2022 - 520 days so far

FAA effective

28 Dec 2022

Disbursement - USD 2,210,602

28 Feb 2023

To be completed

28 Dec 2028 - 1,673 days to go

One region

  • Africa

One country

Two priority groups

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

GCF financing12% disbursed

GrantUSD 18,453,795
Total GCF Financing
USD 18,453,795


Co-FinancingIn-kindUSD 3,000,000
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 12,634,280
Co-FinancingIn-kindUSD 1,039,001
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 187,500
Total Co-Financing
USD 16,860,781

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Accredited Entity

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Ms. Elizabeth A. Bechdol

Deputy Director-General
Phone +39 06 57051800
Ms. Maria Helena Semedo

Deputy Director-General
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National Designated Authority

Ministry of Living Environment and Sustainable Development
Mr. Martin Aïna Primary
Director General, Division of Climate Change
01 BP 3502 - 01 BP 3621, Cotonou, Benin
Phone +229 96613936
Mr. Théodore Domingo Secondary
01 BP 3502 - 01 BP 3621, Cotonou, Benin
Phone +229 97764297

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GCF partners with FAO on two major climate-resilience projects in Benin and the Gambia

21 Jul 2022 / GCF and FAO have signed an agreement for $60 million in funding for two new major projects that will improve climate-resilience in Benin and the Gambia. These cross-cutting mitigation and adaptation projects were approved at the most recent GCF Board meeting in Incheon, South Korea. GCF will provide over USD 35 million in funding for both projects.