USAID’s Transparency and Long-Term Strategies (T-LTS) project supports countries in developing robust, transparent, long-term strategies (LTS) for low-emissions development. This two-year project focuses on building regional and country capacity to model and report on development, economic, and greenhouse emissions scenarios to the year 2050. LTS help to define country priorities and inform the development of near-term activities, such as five-year mitigation targets, to achieve mid-century goals.
The USAID South Africa Low Emissions Development Program (SA-LED) supports the Government of South Africa’s Green Growth Agenda. SA-LED is strengthening the capacity of the public sector to plan, finance, implement, and report on low emissions development projects and to accelerate the adoption of low emissions technologies for a green economy. The program was developed and is implemented in partnership with the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST).
USAID is partnering with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to support clean, reliable, and affordable power in the developing world and assist with policy, planning, and deployment support for advanced energy technologies. The USAID-NREL Partnership addresses advanced energy system challenges such as:
renewable energy integration
distributed energy resources and storage
power sector resilience
data collection and analysis
ProLand supports USAID Missions to improve land use management using a systems approach to resilient development that integrates ecological, economic, and governance aspects. Using primary and secondary research, ProLand develops and disseminates evidence-based guidance around best management practices for sustainably intensifying land use. The ultimate objective of the guidance is to help USAID achieve integrated impacts related to increased food production, reduced biodiversity loss, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and increased resilient and inclusive economic growth.
Solutions to food security challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) should consider the complex interrelationships of value chains, social and gender dynamics, and enabling environment factors: detailing post-harvest inefficiencies and improving the nexus between agriculture and energy systems that link farms to consumers. The need for reliable distribution, storage, and processing facilities is creating new energy markets within agricultural value chains and food systems. Under USAID’s Energy Opportunities for Agriculture Systems and Food Security Project (E4AS) (2017-2018), a team of energy and agriculture and market systems experts, respectively from Green Powered Technology and ACDI VOCA, worked with USAID program offices and mission representatives in Senegal and Kenya to identify key challenges and opportunities related to access, efficiency, and reliability of energy in agriculture processes that bridge rural agriculture production and urban food demand. E4AS examined these opportunities though an energy-food-social-market systems lens and combined extensive research and literature review with case study site visits and stakeholder consultations in Senegal and Kenya. The E4AS teamed examined three key questions:
What are the key opportunities to increase energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy (RE) within the agricultural value chains that bridge rural production and urban food demand or export markets?
How can these opportunities be integrated into policy, partnerships, and planning?
What role can these opportunities for low-carbon energy use in post-harvest agriculture systems play in achieving a country’s low emission development goals?
ATLAS developed country-level Climate Risk Profiles to help USAID staff and development practitioners understand a country’s vulnerabilities to climate variability and change. Find the complete inventory of climate risk management resources here.
The USAID ATLAS project conducts climate-related assessments across a variety of sectors to inform decision-making specific to the USAID program cycle and contribute to the global adaptation and development community of practice.