First AfriCAN Climate Award and Event

The winner of the first AfriCAN Climate Award, themed on Awareness raising about climate change in Africa, is Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu, Executive Director of the Smallholders Foundation for his innovative project Climate Change on Air.


With financial support from the World Bank, Nnaemeka and his team created a series of educational radio drama plays to help millions of Nigerian farmers understand the science of climate change.

Successfully combining scientific research with creativity and innovation, the project strengthened the climate risk management capacity of over 5 million smallholder farmers across 5 states in south-eastern Nigeria. Many have been inspired to set up local micro-projects for climate change adaptation and mitigation, helping to secure their livelihoods and household incomes.

In the words of Professor Mary Scholes, Chair of the Award Evaluation Committee, 'the Jury was impressed with what Nnaemeka has achieved, truly serving the the vulnerable and the marginalised'.

Watch video:

On the air: A radio station just for farmers


Nnaemeka was invided to present his project and receive the Award on the occasion of the first AfriCAN Climate event, jointly organised with AfricaAdapt in Dakar (Senegal).

The workshop Agriculture, Climate Change and Corporate Social Responsibility was attended by senior officials from the Senegalese Ministries of Environment, Industry and Agriculture. It featured presentations by leading Senegalese academics including Professor Bienvenu Sambou, director of the Institut des Sciences de l'Environnement (ISE) at the Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD).

A wide range of issues were addressed in different panel sessions, with the focus always on ‘good practice’ and concrete action that can help farmers adapt to the affects of a changing climate.

Workshop proceedings can be accessed here

   AfriCAN Climate and AfricaAdapt joint workshop

Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu at the AfriCAN Climate workshop in Dakar, Senegal