Nigeria and United Nations agency to discuss ways to boost agricultural development

29 March 2016 –The Independent Office of Evaluation of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will present the conclusions of an independent evaluation of the IFAD-supported country programme in Nigeria. IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized UN agency that works to eradicate rural poverty.

Workshop discussions will focus on the challenges and opportunities in supporting smallholder agriculture, such as building strategic partnerships with civil society and the private sector; ensuring ownership and commitment of participating states in agricultural development programmes; and strengthening government mechanisms for effective programme coordination, fund management and monitoring of development results within the agricultural sector.

WHAT:           National round-table workshop
Country Programme Evaluation of IFAD-supported operations in Nigeria
Co-organized by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Government of Nigeria, and IFAD’s Independent Office of Evaluation            

WHEN:          Thursday, 7 April 2016, 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

WHERE:        Sheraton Hotel, Abuja

Note to editors:

Media are welcome to cover the national workshop. The following members of the IFAD delegation will be available for interviews:

Oscar A. Garcia: Director, Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD

Ides de Willebois: Director, IFAD's West and Central Africa Division

Johanna Pennarz: IOE Lead Evaluation Specialist and evaluator responsible for the Nigeria Country Programme Evaluation

Atsuko Toda: Nigeria IFAD Country Programme Manager

Participants will include representatives of Nigeria's national and local government, representatives of bilateral and multilateral aid institutions, non-governmental and civil society organizations, and selected resource persons.

Media alert No: IFAD/02/2016

IFAD invests in rural people, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, we have provided US$17.6 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached about 459 million people. IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency based in Rome – the UN’s food and agriculture hub.

About the Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE): IOE conducts evaluations of IFAD-financed policies, strategies and operations to promote accountability and learning. The main purpose is to contribute to improving IFAD's and its partners' performance in reducing rural poverty in recipient countries. IOE's independent evaluations assess the impact of IFAD-funded activities and give an analysis of successes and shortcomings – to tell it the way it is – as well as identify factors affecting performance. Based on the key insights and recommendations drawn from evaluation findings, IOE also communicates and shares IFAD’s knowledge and experience in agriculture and rural development with a wider audience.