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Who is IFAD?

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is one of the founding partners of the Rainwater for Food Security programme. The fund is a specialised UN agency, dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries.

 

How long has IFAD been around?

It was established as an international financial institution in 1977, as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference. This conference was organised in response to the food crises of the early 1970s, which primarily affected the Sahelian countries of Africa. It resolved that “an International Fund for Agricultural Development should be established immediately to finance agricultural development projects primarily for food production in the developing countries.”

What are IFAD’s specific objectives?

The institution ensures that poor rural people have the skills and organisation they need to eradicate their poverty, and that they have better access to:

  • natural resources, especially secure access to land and water, and improved natural resource management and conservation practices;
  • improved agricultural technologies and effective production services;
  • a broad range of financial services;
  • transparent and competitive markets for agricultural inputs and produce;
  • opportunities for rural off-farm employment and enterprise development;
  • local and national policy and programming processes.

 

What’s IFAD’s approach?

Working with poor rural people, governments, donors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and many other partners, IFAD focuses on country-specific solutions, which can involve increasing poor rural people’s access to financial services, markets, technology, land and other natural resources.

 

For more information visit the IFAD website.

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