Collaborating to empower rural people
Philanthropic foundations are important partners in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
IFAD is working with foundations on shared priorities including climate adaption for rural communities, increasing smallholder productivity, and food security and nutrition.
Combining the flexibility and piloting approach of foundations, together with IFAD’s global portfolio of investments and technical expertise, we are working together to scale proven innovations for rural communities.
Some key partnerships include:
- The Open Society Foundation and IFAD are collaborating to extend the Graduation Model to Syrian refugees and their rural Jordanian host communities.
- Sir Ratan Tata Trust and IFAD are co-investing in India to support creation of community-based groups and increase access to financial services and markets for rural poor.
- IFAD and the Rockefeller Foundation are joining forces to achieve SDG 12.3 – ending food loss and waste – including through joint advocacy events and exploring alignment of our investments in key countries.
"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
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.