Climate Resilience of IFAD Programmes


The International Fund for Agricultural Development IFAD is a key partner for Switzerland in the efforts to lift smallholder farmers out of poverty. However, climate change is putting the success of the IFAD’s development programmes at risk. Switzerland supports the integration in all IFAD projects of measures that respond to potential climate threats into all IFAD projects. As a result, farmers become more resilient and Swiss investments through IFAD more sustainable.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Global
Global
Climate change and environment
Agriculture & food security
Environmental policy
Agricultural development
01.07.2018 - 31.12.2022
CHF  12’000’000
Background

Recognizing that its target beneficiaries, poor smallholder farmers, are particularly hard-hit by the effects of the changing climate, IFAD will mainstream climate change concerns into its whole portfolio.

In complement to the unearmarked core contributions by Member States to IFAD’s resources, so called Unrestricted Complementary Contributions on Climate Change Mainstreaming help IFAD to make all its programmes climate-responsive.

Objectives Strengthening the climate resilience of poor rural people’s economic activities, and thus making IFAD investments more sustainable, while at the same time contributing to the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change.  
Target groups IFAD's target group: poor rural people, including smallholder farmers, land-poor and landless workers, women and youth, marginalized ethnic groups, and victims of disaster and conflict. They account for the majority of the world's poor and hungry people.
Medium-term outcomes

IFAD programmes and projects are resilient to climate shocks or actively contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation, through activities such as:

  • Support to sustainable management of natural resources and climate-related risks,
  • Increased access to technologies that sequester carbon or reduce greenhouse gas emissions,
  • Adoption of environmentally sustainable and climate-resilient technologies and practices
  • Climate-resilient land management
Results

Expected results:  

At the project level, outputs are very context specific, depend on the principal aim of the the project and vary widely over the whole IFAD portfolio. Examples include:

  • Weather stations
  • Training in climate-resilient techniques
  • Climate resilient infrastructure
  • Improved irrigation systems
  • Alternative energy input along the agricultural value chain

To facilitate a coherent implementation over the whole organizations, key outputs at the institutional level for the phase 2019-2021 are:

  • New IFAD climate and environment strategy and action plan, including expanding efforts on mitigation
  • Alignment of IFAD interventions to nationally determined contribution (NDC) targets and commitments to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change


Results from previous phases:   (single phase)


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development


Other partners

IFAD
Coordination with other projects and actors

At the global level:

  • 7F-03649.12: IFAD11 – Core contribution 2019 – 2021
  • 7F-09106.02.05: IFAD Farmers' Forum
  • 7F-09878.01: Facility for Refugees, Migrants, Forced Displacement and Rural Stability (IFAD)

At the national level:

SDC projects at national level which collaborate with IFAD projects

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    12’000’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    12’000’000
Project phases Phase 1 01.07.2018 - 31.12.2022   (Current phase)