Funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the project aims to strengthen the resilience of small-scale farming to water security induced by climate change during the 2021-2026 period.
An estimated 500,000 people, half of whom are women, will benefit directly and indirectly benefit from the project.
The project is designed to empower vulnerable smallholders, particularly women and ethnic minority farmers, to manage the increasing climate risks in agricultural production by ensuring water availability, adopting climate-resilient agricultural practices, and strengthening access to agro-climate information, credits and markets.
To address water shortages, the project will support the smallholder farmers to cope effectively with the impacts of droughts.
Farmers will be provided with training on how to manage climate risks in their agricultural ecosystems by applying climate-resilient soil and crop planning along with management practices to reinforce the investments in water security.
They will also be provided with technical guidance and financial support on climate smart- and resilient agriculture practices to improve production and increase yields.
The project will enable farmers to deal with production problems and bottlenecks, access to credit, negotiate contractual arrangements, and smooth access to existing markets.
This project complements the ongoing GCF project that UNDP supports in 28 coastal provinces towards building the resilience of poor communities that are vulnerable to floods and storms.