Climate Change Adaptation

Our current projects

Innovative partnerships for change: raising new climate change initiatives and champions

Indigo has partnered with the Association for Rural Advancement (AFRA) as hosts of the Land Network National Engagement Strategy (LandNNES), the Institute for Natural Resources (INR), the University of KZN’s Farmer Support Group (FSG) and Heifer Project South Africa (HPSA) in a 4-year EU-funded project to strengthen the capacity of civil society organisations to address climate change impacts on the land tenure and farming systems of small-scale farmers in South Africa. The project will run from 2021 to 2025 with funding support from the European Union.

Through this project Indigo will build the capacity building of civil society organisations in the land and agriculture sectors on climate change, support CSOs to engage on climate and agriculture policy, host youth exchanges and train youth in the use of participatory video techniques. This project will also support three action research learning journeys to assess the vulnerability of communities to climate change impacts and identify possible adaptation or mitigation intervention strategies.

Adaptation Finance: the Adaptation Fund Civil Society Network

Indigo is a core partner in the Adaptation Fund Civil Society Network, hosted by Germanwatch and Fundacion Futuro Latinoamericano (FFLA) and leads the Southern African Regional Hub for this network. Through this network Indigo engages on the Adaptation Fund’s policies and processes in the context of international adaptation finance, while also observing the national planning and implementation of projects funded by the Fund in South Africa.

Adaptation is about people

Adaptation Network (South Africa)

In June 2009 Indigo and EMG jointly facilitated a process that resulted in the formation of the Adaptation Network, given the pressing need for a more coherent and synergistic approach to adaptation in South Africa. Indigo served as the second host to the secretariat and has continued to support the capacity building of network members and by serving on the Adaptation Network Steering Committee.


Co-creating solutions

Building Local Adaptive Capacity

Indigo has engaged in a range of projects and activities to support local climate change adaptation practices in the Suid Bokkeveld with small-scale rooibos tea farmers and other local community members. These include Adaptation Knowledge Exchange visits, regular climate change preparedness workshops, publishing learning stories in the “Adaptation and beyond” publication, regular training activities and participatory water monitoring on farm level.

Past Projects

Livestock Monitoring

Local farmers in the Suid Bokkeveld engaged in monitoring the condition of their sheep during times of extreme climate, to better understand how different weather situations affect livestock, especially sheep. 4 women monitors assessed the behaviour of their livestock, with weekly weighing and condition assessments of 30 sample sheep complementing this monitoring process.

This work resulted in the publishing of a livestock and climate change hand book in 2016. This project was supported by START and the WWF Nedbank Green Trust.


Participatory Livestock Monitoring


Mechal – Adaptation to climate change in South Africa and Ethiopia

An integrated research approach to develop adaptive management strategies by small scale farmers in semi-arid South Africa and Ethiopia under changing climatic and policy conditions.

This project was supported by a range of partners: University of Hamburg (Germany), CSIR, UCT, EMG (all South Africa), Shesheme University and CIFOR (both Ethiopia) and was funded by the German Volkswagen Foundation.

CBAA – Community Based Adaptation in Africa

This project was implemented with a range of international partners and funded by CCAA.

It focused on developing a robust methodology on community based climate adaptation processes including monitoring and evaluation systems for adaptation projects.

Indigo implemented the South African Component in this research programme in collaboration with Associate Adele Arendse.

Climate Change Adaptation in the Swartland

This project focused on increasing the resilience of small-scale farmers in the Swartland to climate change through offering a range of activities and climate change preparedness workshops to farmers in order to increase their resilience.

Indigo implemented this project in collaboration with Associate Rhoda Malgas and Project 90×2030. This project was a pilot project and funded by CCAA.

Adaptation to climate change of small-scale Rooibos Tea farmers

This project was implemented in partnership with the Environmental Monitoring Group, South South North and Witwatersrand University.

The focus was on adaptation to expected climate change in combination with 3 monthly climate change preparedness workshops. Using an action research approach, field experiments and interviews, this research project was a pilot for community based climate change adaptation.

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