IFAD Factsheet Highlights the Challenges for Rural Development Posed by Climate Change

February 2010: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has released a factsheet titled "Climate Change: a development challenge," which describes its work on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The note underscores that up to 35% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions result from agriculture and deforestation. Highlighting that the rural poor manage large areas of land and forest, it calls for carbon trading schemes to include mechanisms to compensate the rural poor, and for policy makers to incentivize carbon sequestration and soil and water conservation. The note also outlines IFAD's efforts to streamline climate change adaptation and mitigation into its programmes. It further describes: a biogas project in China; a programme for developing mechanisms to Reward the Upland Poor of Asia for Environmental Services (RUPES); an adaptation project in Peru; and partnerships on climate change between IFAD and other international organizations. [The Note] [IFAD Climate Change Website]