Enabling poor rural people
to overcome poverty


Poor rural people face a series of interconnected natural resources management challenges. They are in the front line of climate change impacts; the ecosystems on which they rely are increasingly degraded, their access to suitable agricultural land is declining, their forest resources are increasingly restricted and degraded, many produce on marginal rain fed land, with increased water scarcity; and declining fish and marine resources threaten essential sources of income and nutrition.

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  • Contacts

    • Elwyn Grainger-Jones
      Director Environment and Climate Division (ECD)
      Tel. +390654592151
      Email: ECDmailbox@ifad.org
    • Brian Thomson
      Communication and Advocacy Manager
      Environment and Climate Division (ECD)
      Tel. +390654592282
      Email: b.thomson@ifad.org







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