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Innovations in support of rural transformation

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.

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.

South-South and Triangular Cooperation

The effective implementation of the 2030 Global Agenda will require innovation, new partnerships, knowledge-sharing and scaling up of proven approaches. One way to do this is through South-South and triangular cooperation (SSTC).

International Land Coalition (ILC)

The International Land Coalition (ILC) is a global alliance of over 200 civil society and intergovernmental organizations in 64 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

Indigenous and tribal peoples and ethnic minorities are among the poorest and most marginalized people in the world. They are disproportionately represented among the rural poor.

The financing facility for remittances (FFR)

There are almost 250 million international migrants worldwide, living outside the country they call home. Throughout history, there have always been people who have chosen to move, seeking better opportunities for themselves and for their families.

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.

Smallholder and Agri-food SME Finance and Investment Network

The Smallholder and Agri-food 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.