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17 goals that will transform our world

The 2030 Agenda is a global commitment to “leave no one behind” in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Nowhere is the challenge of leaving no one behind more salient than in rural areas.

Adopted by United Nations (UN) Member States in 2015, Agenda 2030 is the global agenda for sustainable development. It features 17 Global Goals and 169 targets, indicators and means of implementation.

Agenda 2030 is universal: it applies to countries at all levels of development. It is ambitious in its goal to eradicate poverty and hunger, and to put all economies and societies on a sustainable path. It is also comprehensive, spanning social, environmental and economic issues.

IFAD’s vision of inclusive and sustainable rural transformation is one in which extreme poverty is eliminated and every rural family lives in dignity.

To achieve this vision, IFAD works with its Member States and other stakeholders to generate improved and more resilient livelihoods for all poor rural people, including smallholder farmers, land-poor and landless workers, women and youth, marginalized ethnic groups, and victims of disaster and conflict, while not undermining the natural resource base.

IFAD and the SDGs

Given its goal of transforming rural areas and its unmatched experience in investing in smallholder farmers, IFAD plays a central role in achieving SDGs 1 and 2.

SDG 1 - No poverty
SDG 2 - Zero hunger

IFAD is a leader in the use of innovative measures to promote rural women’s empowerment. Through investments and policy engagement, and by promoting approaches that target households, it addresses the underlying causes of gender inequality to ensure equal access by rural women to productive assets and services, and to employment and market opportunities. IFAD also supports decision-makers and partners to design and implement investments, policies and strategies that address inequality. In this way, IFAD makes a major contribution to SDGs 5 and 10.

SDG 5 - Gender equality
SDG 10 - Reduced inequalities

IFAD contributes to SDG8 by fostering inclusive, diversified and productive rural economies that create opportunities for decent work and higher incomes. IFAD invests in rural people to increase their productive capacities and their benefits from market participation. It has extensive knowledge and expertise that it draws on to support development of value chains, inclusive financial services, and rural enterprises.

SDG 8 - Decent work and economic growth

By investing in approaches to sustainable agriculture that better preserve and restore the natural resource base and increase the resilience of farming systems to a changing climate, IFAD contributes to SDGs 13 and 15.

SDG 13 - Climate action
SDG 15 - Life on land

Additionally, through its work to foster inclusive, diversified and productive rural economies - including in the areas of agribusiness, and rural-urban linkages, IFAD’s work also contributes to SDGs 9 and 11. Broadly, its investments in sustainable agriculture contribute to SDGs 6, 12 and 14. IFAD already works extensively in partnership with others, and will strengthen and diversify its partnerships to achieve the goals (SDG17)

SDG 6 - Clean water and sanitation
SDG 9 - Industry, innovation and infrastructure
SDG 11 - Sustainable cities and communities
SDG 12 - Responsible consumption and production
SDG 14 - Life below water
SDG 17 - Partnerships

By strengthening local institutions and natural resource governance, IFAD supports:

SDG 16 - Peace, justice and strong institutions

2019 United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation: FAO, IFAD and WFP highlight the commitment of leaving no one behind in achieving SDG2

September 2019 - NEWS
The UN Rome-based Agencies (RBAs), namely, FAO, IFAD and WFP, gathered on the occasion of the UN Day for South-South Cooperation and highlighted the importance of “leaving no one behind” in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

October 2018 - NEWS
As the UN marks its annual Day for the Eradication of Poverty, more people than ever before are going hungry, due in large part to extreme poverty – currently measured as living on less than US$1.90 a day.

FIDA y WFP estrechan colaboración con los países de América Latina y el Caribe para el logro de la Agenda 2030

July 2018 - NEWS
El Fondo Internacional de Desarrollo Agrícola (FIDA) y el Programa Mundial de Alimentos (WFP), firmaron hoy un acuerdo con el fin de fortalecer su cooperación, profundizando así el impacto de sus acciones para el logro de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS) en América Latina y el Caribe.

China’s remaining challenges in reducing poverty

November 2019 - BLOG

Next year China is hoping to announce that they have eradicated extreme poverty - but what are the challenges that China would need to deal with after 2020?

Meeting the challenge of SDG2: The moment for action

October 2019 - BLOG
We are just over 10 years out from the deadline to the meet the SDGs, but the goals will require a step change in the quantity and quality of financing made available. 

More than 100 million young adults are still living in extreme poverty

October 2019 - BLOG
In recent years, the concerns and worldviews of young adults have been increasingly occupying center stage in global debates. And they should.

IFAD’s Case for Investment: Investing in rural prosperity, food and resilience to reduce poverty and hunger in a changing climate

February 2020

Today we stand at a critical juncture – historic progress in reducing hunger has stalled and the successes of recent decades are being reversed.

Policy brief: Partnering with indigenous peoples for the SDGs

October 2019
The involvement of indigenous peoples is key to achieving the ambitions of the SDGs.

An outlook on Asia’s agricultural and rural transformation: Prospects and options for making it an inclusive and sustainable one

June 2019
If the success of Asian countries in transforming their rural economy is measured by the extent to which poverty has declined over the past 20 years, there is no question that their transformation can be regarded as one of the major achievements in human history. However, new problems are overtaking the older ones and Asia is now entering a critical part of its history.