However, the design stage planning has gone beyond climate risk analysis, and expanded its scope to factor in associated economic and social risks as well. Consequently, these projects are supporting enhanced veterinary services to reduce herd mortality rates, and private entrepreneurs that source livestock input supply are also engaged in value chain development.

In terms of support for climate-resilient agricultural practices, the Fostering Agricultural Productivity Project (PAPAM) in Mali has contributed to the protection of five lowlands areas and 17 villages’ groves through stone lines and reforestation. PAPAM has also supported the development of 20 market gardens, benefiting up to 1,600 women. One of ASAP’s general goal is to have three million women applying sustainable and climate-resilient practices by 2025.

On track towards a climate-resilience business model

The above-mentioned suite of interventions reflect a ‘multiple benefits’ approach that is gaining attention within the IFAD business model. Indeed, the Fund’s adaptation projects have been expressly designed to deliver ancillary economic and social benefits.