Two men look intently at a GPS unit.


At a Glance

The Southern Africa Regional Mission serves Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, and South Africa.
USAID Southern Africa Regional supports an improved and resilient quality of life for Southern Africans. We are  particularly concerned with improving regional decision-making and collective action to improve management of resources and promote renewable energy. USAID’s climate change programming, through strong collaboration, aims to help countries cooperate and plan together to better prepare for these scenarios in priority sectors by supporting the climate change priorities and needs of the region, including a better enabling environment for investment in clean energy. As negative climate impacts are likely to center on water issues, efforts focus on adaptive management strategies within priority river basins most vulnerable to climate change. We support the integration of climate, water supply and sanitation, and biodiversity resources to ensure adequate water resource planning and management is taking place.

Climate Projections and Impacts

Refer to the Climate Risk Profile (2016) for more information.

Climate Projections

Increased Frequency/Intensity of Extreme Weather Events

Increased Precipitation Unpredictability/Variability

Increased Temperature

Key Climate Impact Areas



Energy & Infrastructure

Human Health


Funding & Country Climate Context

USAID Regional Climate Change Funding (2022)


$6 Million


$4 Million

Sustainable Landscapes

$2 Million

GAIN Vulnerability


Population (2023)

2.8 Million

GHG Emissions Growth


% Forested Area


Refer to metadata and sources for more details.

Climate Change Information

Climate Risk Profile

Climate Risk Profile: Southern Africa


Greenhouse Gas Emissions Factsheet: Southern Africa

Namibia Photo Gallery

Climate Change Risk Profile: Southern Africa
Climate Risk Profile

Climate Risk Profile: Southern Africa

Stories from the Area

The following blogs highlight some of the ways USAID is working at the intersection of climate and agriculture and food systems.
Picture in April 2023, shows a rice farm in Majin Gari, Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State (Long: 6.113753, Lat: 9.07204), Nigeria, by Salihu Idris (in the plot), was fertilized solely with biochar and compost, and no synthetic fertilizers, yielded 4.5 tons/ha, without any release of carbon emissions from the farming activity. The farmer, Salisu, is one of the participants of the USAID Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services Activity implemented by Winrock International.
With more than 150 blogs published in 2023 alone, it is easy for some to fly under the radar. Here are some blogs you may have missed.
A Liberian female small business owner standing in front of solar panels
In a community where livelihood activities are characterized by agricultural farming, water remains a critical natural resource. It is important for the survival of people, plants, animals and the maintenance of the ecosystem.