Partnering with the International Fund for Agricultural Development

Partnering with the International Fund for Agricultural Development

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CARE International recently developed a guidance document for the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) on how to design smallholder agriculture adaptation programmes that consider the differential impacts of climate change on women, men and youth smallholder farmers. The How To Do Note (HTDN) will be used by IFAD technical staff globally to help them develop gender transformative programs that consider the experiences, social positions and differing access to resources of marginalized populations.  This includes recognizing that programme interventions – from design to staffing to capacity development of beneficiaries and local organizations – need to consider how gender will affect sustainability and impact. This guidance draws from CARE’s vast experience in developing gender transformative smallholder agriculture programs. The Info Note is a short summary of the longer document.

Another aspect of the partnership was the recent study that examines IFAD’s performance fostering gender equality and women’s empowerment, observing a selection of eight projects in the Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP). The study is a reality-check on how ASAP-supported projects are translating gender mainstreaming commitments into implementation practice. CARE has provided reflections that build on our deep programmatic experience on how gender transformative practices, from design to implementation, increase outcomes in gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Check out some recent stories from IFAD on the partnership

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