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Scaling up our impact

As a UN Specialized Agency, IFAD partners with a wide range of multilateral organizations for knowledge generation and sharing, advocacy and engagement around inclusive pro-poor policies, and collaboration and cofinancing of investment projects.

Working with a diverse group of multilateral partners allows IFAD to leverage their capacity to promote and finance rural transformation.

Beyond the UN System, our partners include multilateral development banks and international financial institutions, such as the African Development Bank, the Islamic Development Bank, the OPEC Fund for International Development and the World Bank. IFAD also works with regional organizations such as ASEAN, COMESA, ECOWAS, the European Union and Mercosur; multilateral climate and environment funds, such as the GCF and GEF; and other multilateral organizations, such as the OECD.

"With the need to double food production by 2025, the world is facing a tremendous challenge to which we can only respond by investing properly in agriculture." 
Andris Piebalgs, former European Union Commissioner for Development



Finance as a driver of food systems transformation: A new role for Public Development Banks?

One major obstacle to realizing sustainable and inclusive food systems is a lack of sufficient and appropriate financing. Recent estimates suggest that transforming food systems to deliver healthy people, a healthy planet, and a healthy economy will require an extra US$300 – US$350 billion per year for the next decade.

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Ahead of global climate talks, public development banks join forces to boost investments in sustainable food systems

October 2021 - NEWS
Responding to an urgent call to increase financing for the world’s poorest farmers who are hardest hit by climate change, a group of Public Development Banks (PDBs) stepped up their commitment to accelerate green investments in agriculture during today’s Finance in Common Summit.

African Development Bank, IFAD and partners redouble efforts to stop hunger in Africa and strengthen food security

April 2021 - NEWS
The African Development Bank and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), in partnership with the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and the CGIAR System Organization, today pledged to work closely with African leaders to address rising hunger on the continent and shore up adequate financing to transform and modernize Africa’s food production.

IFAD and the Islamic Development Bank commit $500 million to address hunger and climate change in poor rural communities

April 2021 - NEWS
Joining forces to tackle rising hunger and the devastating impact of climate change in some of the world’s most vulnerable countries, IFAD and IsDB today signed a US$500 million cooperation and cofinancing agreement.

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The Marine Advantage: Empowering coastal communities, safeguarding marine ecosystems

November 2017
Agriculture and fisheries, the backbone of food security and nutrition for coastal communities and globally, are under threat.

The IFAD-GEF Advantage: Partnering for a sustainable world

May 2014
In 2001, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council approved the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) as an executing agency under its policy of expanded opportunities for executing agencies.