International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations, was established as an international financial institution in 1977 as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference.

The conference 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". One of the most important insights emerging from the conference was that the causes of food insecurity and famine were not so much failures in food production, but structural problems relating to poverty and to the fact that the majority of the developing world's poor populations were concentrated in rural areas.

Development Orientation:
IFAD is dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries. Seventy-five per cent of the world's poorest people - 1.4 billion women, children and men - live in rural areas and depend on agriculture and related activities for their livelihoods. IFAD's mission is to enable poor rural people to overcome poverty. Working with poorrural people, governments, donors, non-governmental organizations and many other partners, IFAD focuses on country-specific solutions, which can involve increasing poor rural peoples' access to financial services, markets, technology, land and other natural resources.

To accomplish its fundamental goals of rural poverty eradication, ensuring food security and helping prevent famines and with a view to mobilizing resources for the implementation of the Fund's mandate, IFAD has made efforts to consolidate existing and create new partnerships and to broaden its outreach. The Fund maintains strategic partnerships with a number of Bilateral Donors, in particular with the major Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries.

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is a International non-profit organization working with Community, Farmer.

Focus Area : Food and Agriculture, Poverty , Rural Development.

Contact Address: International Fund for Agricultural Development Via Paolo di Dono, 44 00142 Rome, Italy
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