Enabling poor rural people
to overcome poverty



Time change for press conference

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

International leaders gather in Rome for IFAD’s annual meeting

The 33rd session of the Governing Council of IFAD will hear internationally known experts on how to transform summit declarations into realities for the 2 billion people whose lives depend on smallholder agriculture.

Press conferences will start at 12.00 pm with the President of IFAD, Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, and Professor and author Sir Gordon Conway among others.

The aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti and the coordinated response to strengthen the country’s agriculture and rural sector will be the topics of discussion at a side event.

Press Conferences: 12.00
Haiti side event: 13.30
Plenary Panel -
From summit resolutions to farmers' fields: climate change, food security and smallholder agriculture: 15.00
IFAD, Via Paolo di Dono 44 -  E.U.R./Laurentina, Rome

Journalists are requested to accredit by today, 15 February 2010. Please fill in the attached form and send to ifadnewsroom@ifad.org

Television crews, in particular, are advised to arrive early in order to ensure smooth security clearance of their equipment prior to entering the IFAD premises.  

Press release no.: PR/09/2010


The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) works with poor rural people to enable them to grow and sell more food, increase their incomes and determine the direction of their own lives. Since 1978, IFAD has invested over US$11 billion in grants and low-interest loans to developing countries, empowering some 350 million people to break out of poverty. IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized UN agency based in Rome – the UN’s food and agricultural hub. It is a unique partnership of 165 members from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), other developing countries and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).