Farmers on the climate frontline, reducing inequalities with IFAD at COP25

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Farmers on the climate frontline, reducing inequalities with IFAD at COP25

Madrid, Spain, 2 December 2019 -– Small-scale farmers in developing countries are already suffering from a changing climate they did not cause – with lower crop yields, reduced water availability, price spikes and increased food insecurity. Whilst agriculture contributes to the climate crisis, small-scale farmers are guardians of our natural resources and have the potential to revolutionize food production to increase production and limit environmental degradation.

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) recognises that these farmers are a critical part of the solution to climate change. IFAD has shown that small-scale farmers can be effective agents of change - they can use climate finance to deliver multiple benefits in terms of food security, poverty reduction, ecosystem resilience and emission reductions.


IFAD’s spokespeople will be participating in a wide range of events throughout UNFCCC COP25 in Madrid (2 to 13 December), encouraging investment in farmers. IFAD will be launching a new report focused on its work in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as the IFAD Climate Action Report 2019.


Key Issues: 

  • Small-scale farmers are often located on marginal lands where environmental and climate impacts are most strongly felt, reducing crop yields and incomes.
  • Small-scale farmers need to urgently adapt to environmental and climate impacts to ensure continued food production and sustainable incomes.
  • IFAD’s Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) is the largest global financing source of its kind, and channels more than US$300 million of climate finance to farmers in developing countries so they can access the information, tools and technologies that will help build their resilience to climate change.
  • Small farms provide more than 70 per cent of the food calories to people living in south and east Asia, Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa.


Where to find us: A member of the IFAD team will be on the UN’s Reducing Inequalities Stand throughout COP25. They will be happy to arrange interviews/meetings with any of our team.







Video: B-Roll and the latest episodes of IFAD’s Recipes for Change videos from Bhutan and Sri Lanka are available from Amy Bennet


Spokespersons: Margarita Astralaga, Director IFAD’s Environment, Climate and Social Inclusion Division (EN/SP/FR); Liza Leclerc, Lead Climate and Environment Specialist (EN/FR), Oliver Page, Regional Climate and Environment Specialist for Latin America and the Caribbean (EN/SP).



IFAD invests in rural people, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, we have provided US$21.5 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached about 491 million people. IFAD is an international financial institution and a United Nations specialized agency based in Rome – the United Nations’ food and agriculture hub.

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