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Content related to: crops, livestock, fisheries, forestry, irrigation, pest control.

Agriculture continues to be the mainstay of rural livelihood in most project countries.

Climate Change & Environment

content related to: climate change, environment, including among others renewable energy, bio-fuels, bio-gas, solar energy, desertification
Many IFAD project beneficiaries live on ecologically fragile land without access to financing and infrastructure that would allow them to withstand the impact of climate change.

Community Based Development

Content related to: community-based development, including topics such as community-driven development, local development, self-help groups

Food Security & Nutrition

Content related to: food security, nutrition, food safety, food storage, consumption
Food insecurity ranges from hunger through fear of starvation to extreme famine, and can be either chronic or transitory. Despite food production increases in past decades, there are over 800 million people worldwide who are chronically hungry, and up to 2 billion people lacking food security.


Content related to: gender audits, gender balance, gender equality, gender analysis, gender checklists for agriculture, livestock, and rural enterprise, gender equity, and women's empowerment.

Information & Communications Technology (ICT)

Content related to: information technology, communications technology, internet, mobile telephones.

Indigenous People

Content related to: indigenous people, traditional societies and tribal groups including tribal development activities, empowerment, livelihoods and community development programmes.
Indigenous peoples are communities and nations who claim a historical continuity and cultural affinity with societies predating the formation of modern political states.

Knowledge Management

Content related to: knowledge management, knowledge sharing, and learning

Markets & Value Chain

Content related to: markets, marketing, value chains


Content related to: micro-enterprises, small-scale enterprises, and related entrepreneurship, business services and business development issues

Monitoring & Evaluation

Content related to: monitoring and evaluation, including issues results and impact, the IFAD Results an Impact Measurement System (RIMS), participatory monitoring, indicators, logical frameworks, and on-going, internal and external evaluation

Natural Resource Management

Content related to: The management and usage rights of natural resources such as land, water, soil, plants and animals

Policy Analysis

Content related to: policy analysis, policy dialogue and policy impact in the context of development programmes and projects

Supervision & Implementation Support

Content relating to: The IFAD supervision and implementation support processes


Content related to: remittances, money and other financial resource transfers.

Risk & Vulnerability

Content related to: issues of risk, risk management, risk aversion, vulnerability, and vulnerability mapping

Rural Finance

Content related to: rural finance, microfinance, insurance, formal and informal financial institutions, banking, lending, credit and savings

South-South & Triangular Cooperation (SSTC)

Content related to: cooperation amongst countries in Asia, Latin America, Africa, the Near East, and the Pacific.


Content relating to: the intended beneficiaries of IFAD projects including the identification of target groups, vulnerability mapping, poverty mapping, poverty assessments.


Content related to: youth and young people, including employment issues.

News News


His Majesty King of Tonga speaks at IFAD 38th Governing Council

Display Date: 2/17/15

The 38th session of the IFAD Governing Council has just started! The King of Tonga Tupou VI, The President of Ghana, His Excellency John Dramami Mahama and the Italian Minister for Economy and Finance, Mr Pier Carlo Padoan, opened this year forum. The Asia and the Pacific acquired two new member states: The Federated States of Micronesia and Palau!

This year's special events include discussions with Carlo Petrini, President of International Slow Food Movement, the Rockefeller Foundation, Indigenous People World Representatives, Oxfam International and the launching of the International Day of Family Remittances.

Turkey will also provide a briefing on the G20 Presidency and Algeria's Rural Renewal Programme will be presented as an example of successful rural growth.

Up to now IFAD has provided over USD 16.3 billion in grants and low interest loans to projects that have reached more than 438 million people. IFAD President, Kanayo F. Nwanze reiterated that the Fund would continue building partnerships and "going beyond aid" by seeking out new sources of financing for additional investment in rural people.

Enclosed speeches from the King of Tonga and President of Ghana and the Synthesis of Deliberations of the World Indigenous Group.