Armando Simando in Mabalane, Gaza Province in south-western Mozambique. The cattle farmer highlights the need to have reliable veterinary services in the area.
Photo: Clarissa Baldin/IFAD


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Smallholder farming systems are particularly vulnerable to climate impacts. This is where the Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) run by the International Fund for Agricultural Development comes in. ASAP projects are aimed to make rural development more resilient to climate change, also through measures directly benefiting farmers.

The International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD) foray into programming climate finance began in 2004. Engagement in this area increased substantially after the organisation’s adoption of its Climate Change Strategy in 2011. It was around this time that an unmet demand for climate adaptation was identified among IFAD member countries. In order to close this gap, IFAD established a trust fund, financed by a group of donors (Belgium, Canada, Finland, Flanders, France, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom) who were interested in supporting more innovative projects in response to the particular vulnerabilities of smallholder farming systems to climate impacts.

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