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.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Monde entier
Changement climatique & environnement
Agriculture et sécurité alimentaire
Politique de l’environnement
Développement agricole
01.07.2018 - 31.12.2022
CHF  12’000’000

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.

Objectifs 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.  
Groupes cibles 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.
Effets à moyen terme

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

Principaux résultats attendus:  

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

Principaux résultats antérieurs:   (single phase)

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Organisme des Nations Unies (ONU)
  • Fonds international de développement agricole

Autres partenaires

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs

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 Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    12’000’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    12’000’000
Phases du projet Phase 1 01.07.2018 - 31.12.2022   (Phase en cours)