Smart agriculture

Promoting the use of climate-resilient farming techniques

Bela Vista de Goias, Goias, Brazil – May 11, 2023: A beekeeper in typical clothes, visiting a sunflower plantation. Beekeeper at sunflower plantation.
© AngelaMacario

ADA encourages vulnerable smallholders to adopt environmentally friendly practices. Together with its MFI partners, ADA designs green loans to promote sustainable agriculture and provides their farmer clients with the necessary training.

The least developed countries feel the consequences of climate change the most, although they emit relatively little greenhouse gas. They are the most exposed to extreme events and at the same time the least prepared to deal with them.  

Climate change particularly affects farmers, making it more difficult to earn a living from agriculture. As a result, vulnerable smallholders in these countries urgently need tools to protect their livelihoods and to increase their resilience to climate change.

ADA’s programmes encourage environmentally responsible and climate-smart agricultural practices, including

—  facilitating access to renewable energies or energy-efficient equipment;

—  Effective risk management mechanisms (crop insurance);

—  Development of green value chains;

—  Promoting crop diversity, rotation and agro-forestry.



Promoting sustainable farming practices in Central America and the Caribbean

ADA has a longstanding partnership with REDCAMIF, a regional network which brings together the national networks of microfinance institutions in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and the Dominican Republic. The aim of this partnership is to improve the resilience of smallholder farmers in these countries by giving them access to green loans. These loans made farms more profitable and sustainable by adopting climate-smart and environmentally friendly farming techniques. 

Increasing the climate resilience of farmers, fishermen and urban communities in the Philippines

ADA is currently implementing a three-year project with the Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc (MCPI), the national network of microfinance institutions. The project aims to support three microfinance institutions in developing financing tools for climate change mitigation and adaptation such as energy saving measures and solar-powered technology such as water pumps and lighting.


ADA encourages smallholder farmers to adopt environmentally responsible and climate-smart agricultural practices to protect the environment and the farmers’ livelihoods while increasing their resilience to climate change.