Building on the Success of the Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP)

International Fund for Agricultural Development (2019)

The Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) channels climate finance to smallholder farmers so they can access the information, tools and technologies that will help build their resilience to climate change. IFAD's comparative advantage is that it has a proven track record, over 40 years, of working with the poorest and most remote farmers in the world. ASAP was the springboard which allowed IFAD to utilise this niche to become a world player in smallholder climate finance. ASAP combined the dedicated climate finance, political will, and technical expertise in-house to deliver a climate—focused portfolio that has already benefitted over 2 million poor smallholders, and will help at least another 4 million before the first tranche of ASAP projects is complete. Innovative tools ensure that IFADs entire portfolio is aligned with country priorities while also ensuring that activities are inclusive and target the most exposed and vulnerable stakeholders. Moving forward, the Fund's portfolio is set to become even more aligned to the climate priorities of recipient countries through the integration of targets stipulated in country's Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in all IFAD country strategies (COSOPs).