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. Launched by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in 2012, ASAP has become the largest global financing source dedicated to supporting the adaptation of poor smallholder farmers to climate change, with committed funding of US$301.5 million. Since inception of the programme in September 2012, 40 ASAP-supported projects were approved by the IFAD Executive Board, committing an amount of US$271.6 million from the ASAP trust fund to concrete actions that help smallholder farmers adapt to the impacts of climate change.
· World's largest climate change adaptation programme focused on smallholder farmers;
· As of May 2017, 37 projects have signed government agreements;
· 27 approved projects have started disbursement, totalling US$48.6 million;
· US$271.6 million channelled to at least eight million smallholder farmers to build their resilience to climate-related shocks and stresses;
· Financed by IFAD and the governments of Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the Region of Flanders.
The objective of ASAP is to improve the climate resilience of large-scale rural development programmes and improve the capacity of at least 8 million smallholder farmers to expand their options in a rapidly changing environment. Through ASAP, IFAD will drive a major scaling-up of successful “multiple-benefit” approaches which can increase agricultural output while at the same time reducing and diversifying climate-related risks.