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Thursday, 08 November 2012

Small-scale farmers have no time to lose in adapting to climate change

The speed and intensity of environmental change is outpacing the capacity of smallholder farmers to manage the effects of a variable climate. Losses and damages from extreme weather continue to increase, as the pattern of droughts, floods and tropical storms becomes ever more unpredictable.  
As a result, crop failures and livestock deaths are causing economic losses, raising food prices and undermining food security with ever-greater frequency in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and other regions. At the same time, rural livelihoods are being undermined by the effects of water stress, land degradation and loss of biodiversity. To build resilience against these hazards, smallholders need technologies and financing that help them improve production and reduce climate risks.
IFAD’s newly operational Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) aims to help 8 million rural people become more resilient to the impacts of climate change. The programme is a tool to scale up and integrate climate risk resilience across IFAD’s approximately US$1billion per year in new investments.  ASAP represents a renewed, concerted effort to tackle climate risk issues in rural development and reduce risks and shocks for rural poverty reduction.


Source: IFAD