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Flexible support for a sustainable impact

Foundations and philanthropic organizations collaborate with IFAD because of our global reach with key stakeholders, including governments and rural development projects in almost 100 countries worldwide, and because our strategies align with national priorities.

IFAD is a suitable partner for foundations who want to make a sustainable impact in areas including climate adaption for rural communities, smallholder productivity, and food security.

The flexibility of foundation support helps IFAD explore and scale new ideas and proven innovations for rural people.

"Our foundation and IFAD have independently funded many of the same projects because we share many of the same goals… If you care about the poorest, you care about agriculture."

- Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

We partner with key foundations including:

  • Visa Foundation and IFAD creates jobs and income generation opportunities for young people, with a focus on green jobs.
  • HELP Logistics (a non-profit subsidiary company of the Kühne Foundation) and IFAD optimise food and agricultural supply and value chains, thereby enhancing small farmers’ livelihoods and food security.
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and IFAD work together to increase global coordination and investments in agriculture, with a focus on gender, climate, nutrition, livestock, data, and capacity building.
  • The Open Society Foundation and IFAD increase the income of Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan by helping them establish sustainable sources of income.
  • The Rockefeller Foundation and IFAD are joining forces to end food loss and waste by investing in proven technologies and piloting strategies to bridge the gap between financing needs and financial services.
  • The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and IFAD support indigenous peoples' initiatives by financing projects that foster self-driven development and generate lessons learned for replication and scaling-up.
  • The Small Foundation and IFAD convene actors in the agri-SME finance ecosystem to share learnings, address knowledge gaps, and identify opportunities to work together.



IFAD and Gates Foundation partner to increase livestock productivity in India

India is the world’s second largest producer of goat meat, second only to China. About 90 per cent of goats are owned by resource-poor households belonging to scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other disadvantaged castes. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is working with IFAD in India to create viable small ruminant value chains that will transform the lives of these rural poor.


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Neema Mgana

Senior Partnership Officer, Private Sector and Foundations

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Public-private-producer partnerships (4Ps) in small ruminant value chain development in India

September 2015
In August 2015, a grant agreement was signed between IFAD and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to “demonstrate that the goat subsector in India has a great potential to contribute to poverty alleviation and offers opportunities where donors can partner with private sector, public sector, and producers to effect large-scale productivity improvement in small ruminant value chains in Bihar, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh states”.

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