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The European Union is a unique economic and political union of 28 European countries that together cover much of the continent. The EU and its member states account for more than half of all ODA.

Since 2006, the European Union, through the European Commission (EC), has collaborated with IFAD in financing a series of thematic and country programmes. This relatively recent partnership has grown in multiple and interesting directions, both in terms of funds invested, and the spread of programmes that benefit from that investment. 

The partnership is set with the framework of the Financial and Administrative Framework Agreement (FAFA) signed by the European Commission and IFAD in September 2004. Since then the EU has provided more than EUR500 million in financing to IFAD. A relationship of trust, rigour and shared vision has evolved.

Through our partnership, we aim to test new ground in the development arena, and expand into innovative, often cutting edge areas that have the potential to change the future of development. 

Over the last seven years, IFAD and the EU have joined forces in emerging areas of mutual and strategic interest: pro-poor agricultural research, remittances for development, support to farmer organization networks, public-private sector partnerships and agricultural risk management. 

Working together, IFAD and EU are driving innovation in these areas, and have developed new approaches which are now recognised as critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Spotlight

Before and during COVID-19, an e-voucher initiative makes a difference for Kenyan farmers

Victoria Muteti, a 44-year old farmer living in Kenya’s Makueni County, has many reasons to be satisfied. In January 2020, she was able to harvest more than 2,500 kilograms of sorghum from her 2.5-acre farm – far more than the 1,000 kg she harvested in 2019. 

IFAD welcomes the European Union’s commitment to a new impact fund targeting small agribusinesses across emerging markets

The European Union has committed €45 million to the establishment of a new impact fund that will boost investments in small rural agribusinesses across emerging markets.

European Commission and IFAD: Innovating together

Since 2006, the European Commission (EC) has collaborated with IFAD in financing a series of thematic and country programmes. This relatively recent partnership has grown in multiple and interesting directions, both in terms of funds invested, and the spread of programmes that benefit from that investment. From the US$50 million given to IFAD through the Food Facility of 2008, the EC now invests a total of more than US$326 million across selected thematic and country programmes. A relationship of trust, rigour and shared vision has evolved.

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UN food agencies step up joint efforts to tackle rural gender inequalities

May 2019 - NEWS
Three United Nations agencies today launched a new European Union-supported global initiative to address the root causes of rural gender inequalities and thus strengthen efforts to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

EU, IFAD and ASEAN launch 16 million euro programme to support smallholder farmers

September 2015 - NEWS
A new development programme designed to improve the income and food security of 10 million small-scale farmers and rural producers was launched earlier this month at the 37th meeting of the ASEAN Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) in Makati City.

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Projet pour Accélérer l’Atteinte de l’OMD1c ‘‘PROPA-O’’ - Les resultats

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L’objectif principal du PROPA-O est d’accélérer les progrès vers la réalisation des OMD-1c; en l’occurrence réduire de moitié la proportion des personnes qui souffrent de la faim à l’horizon 2015 au Burundi.

 

 

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