£600k grant aid for Africa projects

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Projects to help tackle cli­mate change in some of Africa’s poor­est com­mu­ni­ties are to ben­e­fit from £600,000 of Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

The cre­ation of a so­lar­pow­ered elec­tric­ity grid to power a cool­ing sys­tem for milk pro­duc­tion, up­grad­ing wa­ter and electr ic­ity in­fra­struc­ture and im­proved nu­tri­tion for school­child­ren are among six projects in Malawi and Zam­bia to be helped by the Cl imate Jus­tice Fund.

The fund­ing is be­ing awa rded to Scot t ish or­gan­i­sa­tions work­ing with groups in Africa and is de­signed to cre­ate new jobs.

It will dis­trib­ute £3mil­lion per year over five years to help de­vel­op­ing coun­tries as part of the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s re­sponse to the Paris cli­mate agree­ment.

En­vi­ron­ment Sec­re­tary Roseanna Cun­ning­ham said: “Cli­mate change is a huge in­jus­tice.

“The poor­est and most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple across the world are the hard­est hit, but they have not caused the prob­lem.

“We know coun­tries like Scot­land have a moral duty to make sure our lifestyles do not cause harm to the world’s poor­est.

“I am proud of our in­no­va­tive Cli­mate Jus­tice Fund, which is pro­vid­ing much-needed in­vest­mentto em­power many thou­sands of peo­ple in Africa’s most vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties to find new skills and their own so­lu­tions to make them re­sil ient in the face of cli­mate change.”

PROUD Cun­ning­ham

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