Africa Rural Climate Adaptation Finance Mechanism (ARCAFIM) for East Africa region

Africa Rural Climate Adaptation Finance Mechanism (ARCAFIM) for East Africa region

In East Africa, climate models predict a continual rise in average temperatures and an increase in the frequency and intensity of heavy rainfall events. This places significant pressure on the region's farmers, as they will grapple with worsening conditions for crop production and livestock keeping. However, progress in developing more sustainable agricultural processes has been slow, as farmers in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda lack access to the necessary funding for Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) investments. There is an urgent need for private sector CCA finance to spearhead long-term, market-driven change.  

The ARCAFIM programme strives to introduce a practical and widely applicable financing model to mobilise private sector investments for rural CCA initiatives in East African micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and smallholders involved in the food systems. These MSMEs and smallholders have the potential to drive sustainable, long-term changes in response to market needs. The programme supports climate adaptation for smallholders and MSME by crowding in international and local financing, including from regional commercial banks and local financial institutions. The programme model can serve as proof-of-concept to be replicated in other regions, offering potential to make a significant impact on private sector financing for rural CCA projects on a broader scale. 

Total project value






Result areas

Project timeline


28 Mar 2022 - 577 days

Concept note received

28 Mar 2022

Funding proposal received

25 May 2023

Cleared by GCF Secretariat

10 Aug 2023

Cleared by iTAP

02 Oct 2023


25 Oct 2023 - 276 days so far

Approved by GCF Board

25 Oct 2023

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

21 Feb 2024

Under implementation

To be completed

One region

  • Africa

Four countries

Two priority groups

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

GCF financing

LoanUSD 45,000,000
GrantUSD 10,000,000
Total GCF Financing
USD 55,000,000


Co-FinancingLoanUSD 30,000,000
Co-FinancingLoanUSD 15,000,000
Co-FinancingLoanUSD 90,000,000
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 10,000,000
Total Co-Financing
USD 145,000,000

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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
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National Designated Authority

The National Treasury
Dr Chris Kiptoo Primary
Principal Secretary
Treasury Building 12th Floor, Harambee Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya
Phone +254 20 224 0051
Mr. Malik Aman Secondary
Programme Manager, National Coordination (FLLoCA)
Phone +254 720 771774
Mr. Peter Odhengo Secondary
Senior Policy Advisor, Climate Finance
Phone +254 722 984 992
Mr. Hillary Korir Secondary
Senior Economist
Phone +254 722 644736
Rwanda Environment Management Authority
Mrs. Juliet Kabera Primary
Director General
Vice President's Office
Ms. Mary Maganga Primary
Permanent Secretary
P.O.Box 2502, Dodoma, Tanzania
Freddy Manyika Secondary
Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development
Mr. Ramathan Ggoobi Primary
Permanent Secretary / Secretary to the Treasury
Phone +256414707135
Ms. Maris Wanyera Secondary
Ag. Director Debt and Cash Policy
Phone +256772426456
Mr. Juvenal Muhumuza Secondary
Ag. Commissioner, Development Assistance and Regional Cooperation Department
Phone +256781051485
Mr. Denis Mugagga Secondary
Head, Climate Finance Unit
Phone +256782805422
Phone +256702440655