Smallholder farmers provide nearly 80 per cent of the food in many parts of the developing world. The Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme channels climate finance to smallholder farmers so they can access the tools and technologies that help build their resilience to climate change.

Launched by the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development, ASAP is the world’s largest climate change adaptation programme for smallholder farmers, reaching millions of smallholders worldwide. Since the programme started, more than $300 million have been channelled to at least 8 million smallholder farmers to build their resilience to climate-related disasters.

Examples of ASAP-supported initiatives include:

  • Mixed crop and livestock systems which integrate the use of drought-tolerant crops that can help increase agricultural productivity while at the same time diversifying risks across different products.
  • Systems of crop rotation which consider both food and fodder crops, which can reduce exposure to climate threats while also improving family nutrition.
  • A combination of agroforestry systems and communal ponds, which can improve the quality of soils, increase the availability of water during dry periods, and provide additional income.

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