Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) – Related Remote Sensing Baseline Analysis

Published on 9 May 2013

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Start Date: 1 February 2013 | End Date: 31 January 2014


The Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) is a new direct entry point in IFAD to channel earmarked climate and environmental finance to smallholder farmers. An important element of ASAP is the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to better understand and monitor landscape use for effective project design.

Activities expected of ICRAF include :-

1. Assess availability and quality of remote sensing baseline data for countries in which ASAP interventions are being designed, and provide existing, readily available maps which can be used by project design team, starting with an initial 15 countries.

2. Develop a realistic operational plan that reconciles spatial data, information and knowledge (including models) availability with the relevant needs of IFAD projects and the necessary capacities required to serve those needs, based on an initial list of countriesĀ  and projects. This operational plan will be developed in consultative manner with IFAD and based on actual programming need.

3. Implement the operational plan with the wider range of countries and projects contingent on available capacities.

4. Research opportunities and limitations of remote sensing and GIS based data for smallholder climate change adaptation planning and summarise them in at least one knowledge product that can be published and disseminated by IFAD in support of practical programming purposes.

5. Contribute towards the development of a near-real time geoscience labaratory at ICRAF that utilizes remote sensing and rigorous statistical approaches for smallholder adaptation planning under different scenarios.

6. Liase with IFAD and ICRAF staff to assess the effectiveness of the institutional partnership between ICRAF and IFAD and , as appropriate, develop a grant proposal for follow up institutional cooperation.


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