Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Program (ASAP)
The Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) channels climate finance to smallholder farmers so they can access the information tools and technologies that help build their resilience to climate change. Launched by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in 2012, ASAP was set up to provide a source of co-financing to scale up climate change adaptation across IFAD's portfolio.
ASAP aims to support the following five outcomes:
- Improved land management and gender-sensitive climate-resilient agricultural practices and technologies
- Increased availability of water and efficiency of water use for smallholder agriculture production and processing
- Increased human capacity to manage short- and long-term climate risks and reduce losses from weather related disasters
- Rural infrastructure made climate-resilient
- Knowledge on climate-smart smallholder agriculture documented and disseminated
Results-Based Country Strategic Opportunities Papers (RB-COSOPs) are a typical point of departure for an ASAP investment, highlighting climate change adaptation as a strategic decision for IFAD operations in a specific country. Find out more about RB-COSOPs here.
ASAP applies the same procedures as regular IFAD investments, following the typical IFAD design cycle. You can read more about the IFAD design cycle here.
ASAP has become the largest global financing source dedicated to supporting the adaptation of poor smallholder farmers to climate change, with committed funding of USD 305 million in the first phase from 2012-2022.