Countries have shared their intention and willingness to linking agriculture to climate change. 80% of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) name agriculture as one major vehicle to counterbalance increasingly stress climate conditions which FAO has recently analysed and provided a summary. Furthermore, National Adaptation Plans (NAPS) and National Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMAs) offer ample opportunities for countries to redirect agriculture and rural development towards sustainability given the climate impact of the past and future.
Many international or regional development and finance institutions have established important portfolios for climate relevant interventions. The Global Donor Platform is currently undertaking a first analysis of donor and IFI reactions to the climate challenge in agriculture and rural development. However, many strategic and programmatic issues still need to be clarified and approaches agreed upon with regard to ARD and bilateral finance availability, the GEF and the Climate Finance and Facilities of the World Bank and the regional banks and funds, the Green Climate Fund and private sector investments. IFAD is currently mainstreaming climate resilience components into their regular lending portfolio, while the grant provisions through IFAD’s Adaptation fore Smallholder Agriculture Programme will continue.