About the LRF

The Landscape Resilience Fund (LRF) is an impact-driven, independent foundation that mobilizes private and public climate finance for vulnerable smallholders and landscapes. The LRF was co-developed by South Pole and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to create a scalable way to support meaningful climate adaptation in rural landscapes.

With the support of the Global Environment Facility and the commitment of CHANEL as anchor investor, the fund is now rallying more institutions to invest in a resilient future.

Mission

The mission of the LRF is to enable the most vulnerable people in rural landscapes to effectively adapt to climate change.

Despite the intensifying frequency and impact of physical climate risks, only a fraction of climate finance goes towards climate adaptation – and virtually none of it comes from the private sector, a key problem that the Landscape Resilience Fund seeks to tackle.

“The numbers speak for themselves: climate adaptation remains grossly underfinanced, even while extreme weather events continue to disrupt societies and supply chains. Now is the time for business leaders and organizations across sectors to show leadership and join us in shaping the future of transformative climate adaptation finance through the Landscape Resilience Fund.”

Urs Dieterich Managing Director, Landscape Resilience Fund

Prioritizing impact

Today, agriculture is the main source of income for around 500 million smallholder farmers, who produce roughly a third of global agricultural output. They are also the most exposed to the natural hazards of a warming world – from floods and storms to droughts and soil degradation – putting entire economies in peril and risking the breakdown of global food supplies.

The LRF will provide financing and technical assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that work with smallholders in such vulnerable landscapes – like cocoa growers or rattan harvesters – and help them access better farming materials, such as drought-resistant seeds, as well as training and finance. Repaid loans will be re-invested in other SMEs, creating a self-sustaining, efficient financing tool for adaptation.

LRF activities are grounded in an integrated landscape approach that seeks to reconcile competing natural resource demands and interests in order to effectively address broader objectives of inclusive development, biodiversity conservation, and climate change mitigation. By investing in SMEs and local communities in developing countries, the LRF helps create a shared understanding and collaborative implementation of actions that enhance climate resilience and human well-being – landscape by landscape, SME by SME, village by village.

By 2026, the LRF aims to mobilize USD 100 million for climate adaptation projects that support sustainable agricultural and forestry supply chains and that protect smallholder farmers in developing countries.

The Landscape Resilience Fund is an independent Swiss foundation co-developed by South Pole and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).