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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.”