IFAD’s Case for Investment 

Investing in rural prosperity, food and resilience to reduce poverty and hunger in a changing climate.

Today, we stand at a critical juncture

Even before the Coronavirus pandemic, historic progress in reducing hunger had stalled and poverty remained stubbornly entrenched in some areas. While the number of people living in extreme poverty fell from nearly 2 billion in 1990 to 736 million in 2015, and hunger declined for decades, the poorest and most marginalized people continue to be left behind.

The Coronavirus pandemic has further devastated communities, countries and economies the world over. But everywhere it is the poor, the hungry and the vulnerable who suffer the most.

At the same time, climate change threatens our food systems, and food is our most basic need.

Rural people, especially small-scale farmers, are among those suffering the impacts of a changing climate the most. They are also disproportionately affected by poverty, hunger and inequality.

Up to 1 billion people could be forced to migrate because of environmental pressures.

While the challenges are great, we have a historic opportunity to reignite progress toward the elimination of extreme poverty and hunger and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

An estimated 63% of the world’s poor people work in agriculture, the overwhelming majority on small farms.

Rural development with agriculture at its centre can radiate prosperity through communities and societies. Rural livelihoods and food production should be protected to prevent a food crisis.

Economic growth in agriculture is two to three times more effective at reducing poverty and food insecurity than growth generated in other sectors.

Prosperous small farms can not only provide food but also create jobs, and lead to higher demand for locally produced goods and services. This, in turn, spurs opportunity, economic growth and more stable societies.

Rising to the challenge

IFAD’s goal is to double its impact over the next ten years, with a programme of work of about US$30 billion by 2030.

Ending extreme poverty and hunger and recovering from the Coronavirus crisis will be difficult without more investment and more innovative approaches. But with the right funding and support, we can get significantly closer.

Learn more about how we aim to achieve this in our Case for Investment.

There are many ways to collaborate and give support for IFAD’s 12th Replenishment

Tools & Resources

Looking for more detailed information? We’ve put together an advocacy toolkit and other resources.


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