Enabling poor rural people
to overcome poverty


ROME, 17 February 2015 – The 38th session of IFAD’s Governing Council concluded this afternoon after two days of deliberations shining a spotlight on rural transformation as a key to sustainable development. The meeting marked a critical juncture, as the process of defining the post-2015 global agenda provides new opportunities to refocus development policies, investments and partnerships in the rural sector.

In his remarks at the meeting, IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze warned of "the price of inaction" in rural areas that are often invisible to the outside world. To transform themselves both economically and socially, he said, these areas must "provide employment, services and opportunities for the 3 billion people who live in them, and particularly for those whose lives depend on smallholder farms."

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