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Rome, 17 February 2015 – The International Fund for
Agricultural Development (IFAD) ended its 38th Governing Council meeting today
by renewing its commitment to tackle persistent poverty and continued food
insecurity by transforming rural areas in developing countries through better
quality investments, ensuring greater equality and IFADinclusive growth that
delivers economic benefits for women, youth and other marginalized people.
In his closing
address, IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze said that “aid will work itself out of
a job only once we have achieved rural transformation so that rural areas
provide employment, services and opportunities for the three billion people who
live in them, and particularly for those whose lives depend on smallholder
farms.” This echoed Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International,
who spoke about the future of aid at the inaugural IFAD Lecture Series on the
Rome, 16 February 2015 – Development leaders and heads of
state and government representatives gathered for the opening of the 38th
Session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for AgriculturalDevelopment (IFAD) to call for additional investments towards the
transformation of rural areas, which are key to the world’s food supply.
In his opening
statement John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana, said that
his vision for the country is “to transform the rural areas of Ghana in order
to create a more diversified, better integrated, and modern rural economy. One
that closes the gap between urban and rural areas in terms of access to services,
opportunities, living standards, and prosperity.”
In Ghana, progress
has been made, Mahama said, but only because benefits of development programmes
“are tilted more to my farmers than to the bureaucrats.”
Mahama warned the
international community that “neglect of the rural space can have dire
consequences” and that “a strong connection between the rural and urban space
cannot be taken for granted.”
HRH Tupou VI, the
King of Tonga, conveyed his support to this year’s Governing Council theme,
‘Rural Transformation: Key to sustainable development’, and said that to make
this transformation a reality there needs to be an increased focus on building
the risk management and resilience capacity of rural people to manage a
changing environment. Specifically, he called for increased access by rural
communities to climate finance.
Rome, 11 February 2015 – Fifty representatives of
indigenous Peoples' organizations from all over the world gather tomorrow at
the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) headquarters in Rome
to discuss the importance of traditional knowledge in eradicating poverty and
hunger and transforming rural communities.
The participants in
the forum represent more than 370 million self-identified indigenous peoples
who live in some 70 countries around the world, many of them in rural areas.
are long-valued partners for IFAD,” said Kanayo F. Nwanze, the President of the
United Nations (UN) agency specialized in rural development. “From the local
biodiversity they have protected and enhanced over generations, to their unique
knowledge about the ecosystems that they manage – indigenous peoples’
traditional knowledge is a source of inspiration to everyone who works for
sustainable rural transformation.”
By Oscar A. Garcia, Director, Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD
In recent years, multilateral
development organizations and international financial institutions have
given serious thought to how learning and knowledge-sharing can
provide a cutting edge to improve their development effectiveness.
Development institutions are increasingly engaging in knowledge
management, generating, sharing and applying knowledge to improve
practices and scale up success. Learning is gradually being integrated
into key business processes – for example, by establishing learning
networks and communities of practice – accompanied by appropriate
incentives to help drive a culture of innovation and sharing. With all
these changes and efforts happening at all levels, is learning actually
Dar es Salaam, 20 January 2015 – The Ministry of
Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives of the United Republic of
Tanzania and the Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE) of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will co-organize
a national workshop in Dar es Salaam, at the Julius Nyerere
International Convention Centre, on 29 January 2015.
The event will represent a conclusive step in the country programme
evaluation that IOE has recently conducted to assess IFAD’s operations
and strategy in Tanzania.
The workshop will focus on the main findings and
recommendations that emerged from the country programme evaluation,
including key strategic issues such as combining the support to
sector-wide approaches and individual projects in Tanzania; emerging
Public-Private- Partnership opportunities and strategies for IFAD to
support agriculture and livestock value chain development; and
developing more effective partnerships for up-scaling initiatives and
for policy dialogue.
Rome, 19 December 2014 –The
173 Member States of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) today reaffirmed their shared commitment to the
Fund’s mission by announcing a US$1.44 billion target of contributions
directed at investing in rural people in developing countries.
The target of IFAD’s 10th Replenishment will enable it to strengthen operations over a three-year period from 2016 to 2018. During this timeframe, IFAD’s plan is to expand its
reach to up to 130 million rural people, which represents as much as a
31 per cent increase of those benefitting from its investments.
Yai Ceesay is learning to write her name as
a student in Sibanor
The Gambia is taking steady steps towards prosperity by scaling up
proven land and water management practices across the country and
developing national policies to back these efforts. Nema, the local Mandinka word for prosperity, is also the name of the IFAD-supported National Agricultural Land and Water Management Development Project
currently being implemented in The Gambia. This initiative, which is
building on the achievements made over 30 years in partnership with
smallholder farmers and the government, is scaling up the successes of
the earlier IFAD-supported Participatory Integrated Watershed Management Project (PIWAMP). The two projects are part of a 20-year programme promoting community-driven agricultural land and water development.
"The achievements of those farmers that participated in PIWAMP,
especially the women, convinced the Government of The Gambia that
investing in agriculture on a wide scale is a path to prosperity – Nema - for the country and its citizens," said Moses Abukari, IFAD's country programme manager for The Gambia.