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Mid-term review of IFAD’s Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme

Smallholders are on the frontline of climate change. Their livelihoods rely on natural resources that are already affected by variable rainfall, rising temperatures and extreme weather events.


The Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) is IFAD’s flagship climate change programme. It aims to scale up and institutionalise improved adaptation support for smallholder farmers, providing grants, packages of technical support and inputs into national and international policy dialogues. ASAP is IFAD’s largest climate change initiative and is expected to lead to a significant uptake in agricultural approaches suitable for future conditions.

Our role

Itad undertook a mid-term review of ASAP in 2020, assessing what had been achieved to date, signals of transformative change, and the underlying mechanisms that influence the success of adaptation initiatives. We explored who is benefitting from adaptation support and how, focusing on particular initiatives that encourage the engagement of women and youth. As part of the MTR, we reviewed ASAP’s Theory of Change and supported adjustments to its monitoring and evaluation system.


Contact Callum Hislam ( if you would like to discuss this project.


Feature image: istock/boezie

Team members
Ben Murphy