Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP)

Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme is IFAD’s flagship program for providing environmental and climate finance to small farmers. The program is integrated into IFAD’s normal investment process and benefits from a monitoring and rigorous quality control system.


Smallholder Farmers are at the forefront of climate change. They inhabit some of the most endangered landscapes, such as hills, meadows, semi-arid and arid areas, deltas and floodplains, and rely on climate-sensitive natural resources to earn a living. As a result, they are at significant risk from extreme events such as rising temperatures, irregular rainfall, pest epidemics, rising sea levels, droughts, floods, typhoons, landslides and heat waves. Smallholders lack resource rights and secure land tenure, as well as access to funds and markets. Poor rural communities are at the mercy of the effects of climate change and are the key to solving them, but they are often overlooked in global and national policy debates on climate change issues. As climate change exacerbates existing threats, developers need to develop new financing and programming tools to address complex new issues.

Workings of ASAP

Through the joint efforts and support of 10 donors, ASAP has received USD 300 million in donations and has helped 5 million vulnerable smallholder farmers in 41 countries cope climate change impacts and create more resilient livelihoods. Going forward, ASAP ensures that climate change risk mitigation approaches are integrated into IFAD’s portfolio of loans and grants.  ASAP allows IFAD national programs to utilize resources for technical assistance and design climate-sensitive projects.

Functions of ASAP

The function of ASAP is to promote the systematic use of climate risk information when agricultural institutions in IFAD member countries plan investments to increase resilience through adaptation to climate and increase women’s participation and benefits, thereby promoting international climate change commitments and national adaptation priorities. Enhancing the participation of private sector and farmer groups in change, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and increased use of climate information in investment planning to increase resilience and strengthen the participation and accountability of small-scale farmers in decision-making processes. Improved documentation and dissemination of knowledge about improved technologies for the management and management of climate-sensitive natural resources, and approaches to climate-resilient agriculture.

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