Thursday, February 19, 2015

Make ‘rural transformation a reality,’ IFAD President tells Member States at annual meeting

Governing Council also endorses International Day of Family Remittances



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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 same day.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

President of Ghana and King of Tonga call for greater investment to transform rural areas

IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze

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.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Unique global gathering highlights indigenous peoples’ role in fighting poverty and hunger

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.
“Indigenous peoples 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.”

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Paving the way to enhanced learning institutions through evaluations

By Oscar A. Garcia, Director, Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD
Oscar Garcia
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 taking place?

Government of the United Republic of Tanzania and IFAD meet to discuss evaluation of IFAD’s country programme

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.

Friday, December 26, 2014

IFAD Member States renew commitment to the billions of rural people in developing countries

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.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Successful IFAD-supported project helps influence national policy in The Gambia

Yai Ceesay is learning to write her name as a student in Sibanor village 

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.