The Mitigation Advantage: Maximizing the co-benefits of investing in smallholder adaptation initiatives

The Mitigation Advantage: Maximizing the co-benefits of investing in smallholder adaptation initiatives

This report argues that helping farmers adapt to the impacts of climate change can also significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The study finds that mitigation could be another benefit of adaptation activities. It examines portfolio of projects focused on making smallholder agriculture more resilient to climate change. The results show that 13 IFAD-supported adaptation projects could reduce CO2e emissions by 30 million tons. This represents about 38 per cent of IFAD’s target to reduce 80 million tons of CO2e by 2020 under its Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP).

The report argues that resilient, climate-smart agriculture can make a substantive contribution to, and provide new opportunities for, curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

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