Smallholder farmers in developing countries, who are working to grow more food in some of the world’s most marginalized areas, are already facing more job and livelihood challenges due to severe weather such as droughts and floods, said an IFAD release on Monday.
The upcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) physical science summary will be of crucial importance for the 2 billion people dependent on smallholder farms, many of which are owned and operated by families, it said.
“The IPCC report shows climate change as a factor that’s not going to go away for poor small farmers in developing countries, they are often the hardest hit with limited capacity to adapt,” says Elwyn Grainger Jones, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Director of Environment and Climate Change, in advance of the report.
The report would emphasize - even more strongly than in the past - the impact of climate change on family farmers.
In addition, the report would emphasize the role played by the agricultural sector as a contributor to increasing greenhouse gas emissions.
“As small farmers in developing countries are among the most affected by climate change the time to adapt cannot be delayed,” says Grainger Jones says.
“IFAD’s new Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Program (ASAP) is now the largest global initiative dedicated to supporting the adaptation of poor smallholder farmers to climate change across the world.”