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Innovations in support of rural transformation

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As the world focuses on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, IFAD is championing a number of innovative programmes and platforms in support of a world without hunger and poverty.

From climate change adaptation and weather insurance, to increasing development impacts through remittances, the following programmes, initiatives, facilities and platforms are aimed at diversifying IFAD’s portfolio and channelling critically needed finance and support to smallholder farmers and rural people.

Browse some of our main initiatives and facilities below:

Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP)

Smallholder farmers are on the frontline of climate change. They inhabit some of the most vulnerable landscapes, such as hillsides, rangelands, semi-arid and arid lands, deltas and flood plains, and rely on climate-sensitive natural resources to make a living.

Agri-Business Capital (ABC) Fund

In developing countries, millions of micro, small and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs) don't have access to capital to grow their business. The demand for financing from smallholder farmers is estimated at US$150 billion in sub-Saharan Africa, South and South-East Asia, and Latin America.

China-IFAD South-South and Triangular Cooperation Facility

The China-IFAD South-South and Triangular Cooperation Facility was established in February 2018 and is the first Facility in IFAD dedicated to SSTC.

The Climate and Commodity Hedging to Enable Transformation (CACHET)

The Climate and Commodity Hedging to Enable Transformation (CACHET) is a financial solution designed to ensure revenue protection for smallholder farmers against climate-related disasters and price shocks. It aims at addressing two key challenges that are limiting the use of risk transfer mechanisms by smallholders: the lack of access and the limited sustainability of the existing schemes.

Platform for Agricultural Risk Management (PARM)

Risk and uncertainty are inherent to agriculture. The most common sources of risk are weather, climate, diseases, natural disasters, and market and environmental shocks. Other risks relate to logistics, infrastructure, public policy, the political situation and institutions. Some risks have become more severe in recent years due to climate change and the volatility of food prices.

International Land Coalition (ILC)

The International Land Coalition (ILC) is a global alliance of over 260 civil society and intergovernmental organizations in 78 countries. Through the Coalition, they work together to put people at the centre of land governance.   

Facility for Refugees, Migrants, Forced Displacement and Rural Stability (FARMS)

In recent years, forced displacement has become a global problem of unprecedented scale, driven by conflict, violence, persecution and human rights violations. While the total number of displaced people reached an all-time high of nearly 60 million people in 2015, global attention has focused on the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region, where continued conflict and violence most acutely affect Iraq, Syria, Yemen and neighbouring countries. 

Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility

The Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility (IPAF) is an innovative funding instrument that indigenous communities can use to find solutions to the challenges they face.

The Financing Facility for Remittances (FFR)

Over the past two decades, remittances have emerged as an important contribution to the well-being of migrant families and the development of communities of origin.

International Aid Transparency Initiative

Transparency is a transformational force. When citizens can easily access public information about the actions that affect their well-being, they are better equipped to hold their leaders accountable and to participate in the decisions that affect their lives.

National Designated Authorities partnership platform

IFAD and partners have established the NDA Partnership platform to promote policy dialogue, climate finance programming and capacity building for governmental officials acting as focal points for climate and environmental funds, namely the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Adaptation Fund (AF).

The Smallholder and Agri-SME Finance and Investment Network

The Smallholder and Agri-SME Finance and Investment Network (SAFIN) is an inclusive partnership of actors operating in different parts of the ecosystem for agri-food and rural small and medium enterprise (SME) investment, with a focus on access to finance and complementary services.

IFAD-WFP Weather Risk Management Facility (WRMF)

The Weather Risk Management Facility (WRMF) is a joint United Nations partnership established in 2008 between IFAD and the World Food Programme (WFP). It supports initiatives aimed at reducing smallholders' vulnerability to weather and other agricultural production risks, in order to encourage and protect investments in smallholder agricultural production and contribute to food security.