Name of Fund
Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP)
Official Fund Website
Date fund proposed: 2011
Date fund made operational: 2012
Proposed Life of Fund
Multi-year - Undetermined.
The fund is administered by IFAD.
To channel climate and environmental finance to smallholder farmers, scale up climate change adaptation in rural development programmes and mainstream climate adaptation into IFAD’s work.
Activities supported include:
Conditions and Eligibility Requirements
Country eligibility is established by the IFAD Programme Management Department. The selection criteria include:
Qualitative ex-ante criteria:
Quantitative ex-ante assessments against the ASAP Results Framework:
Accessing the Fund
|ASAP operates slightly differently to other funds as ASAP grants are joined with IFAD baseline investments which are implemented by government entities. The programming of ASAP funds follows the IFAD project design cycle and is fully aligned with regular IFAD procedures and safeguards. Therefore, ASAP does not employ specific application procedures like other funds (such as issuing calls for proposals) that can be accessed by NGOs or CSOs directly. Results-Based Country Strategic Opportunities Papers (RB-COSOPs) are a typical point of departure for an ASAP investment, highlighting climate change adaptation as a strategic decision for IFAD operations in a specific country. |
ASAP applies the same procedures as regular IFAD investments, following the typical IFAD design cycle:
|Monitoring and Evaluation Framework|
ASAP provides a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework which summarises relevant adaptation results, indicators and corresponding investment options. Project design teams who are working with ASAP financing apply this M&E framework during the project design phase and select a subset of relevant indicators and targets (in alignment with the programming context) for integration with the results framework of the underlying IFAD investment.
Over the course of 2013, a number of critical adaptation indicators have been included in IFAD's Results and Impact Management System (RIMS), ensuring that ASAP-related M&E is a subset of IFAD's M&E systems.
Decision Making Structure
The Governing Council, made up of all of IFAD’s member states, is IFAD's highest governing body however the Executive Board is responsible for the general operation of IFAD and the ASAP including programme of work and project approval.
The Executive Board is made up of 18 Elected and 18 Alternate members:
16 from list A (Primarily OECD countries):
Eight from list B (Primarily OPEC countries):
And Twelve from list C (2 from each of members/alternate members in each sub-list) (Developing nations):
The Evaluation Committee is a sub-committee of the Executive Board which performs in-depth reviews of selected evaluation issues, including ASAP projects.
Non-Government Stakeholder Participation
IFAD has specific requirements with regards to stakeholder participation, such as mandating projects to review issues of gender and indigenous people. ASAP-supported projects are generally focused on supporting community-based groups, such as farmer associations, local cooperatives, village councils, womens groups or water user groups, in building their adaptive capacity. These groups are engaged routinely during and after the project design processes.
In accordance with IFAD's disclosure policy, all documents presented and discussed at Executive Board meetings are accessible to the public over the Internet.
At a global level, ASAP has established targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions. As the programme has been designed and operationalised as an adaptation programme, only a very small number of projects is committing to greenhouse gas emission targets. Instead, the focus of most investment designs is on resilient agricultural production. Consequently, the mitigation benefits of ASAP need to be assessed as a side-benefit of adaptation investments and determined through an ex-post assessment.
Inclusion as Official Development Assistance
Yes, ASAP funding is grant funding for development in eligible countries.
Financial Instrument/ Delivery Mechanism Used (e.g. grant, loan)
Grant (Co-Financing IFAD loans and grants)
Nature of Recipient Country Involvement
IFAD works in partnership with Recipient Country Governments, national extension services, a range of national and international research institutes, civil society organisations, as well as communities and Farmers‘ Organisations (FOs), including women‘s groups.