IFAD report concludes that targeted policies focused on rural people will eliminate poverty in developing countries

Rome, 7 September 2016 – You are cordially invited to attend the launching oThe Rural Development Report 2016 on 14 September at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Development Cooperation

Who:        Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the IFAD and this week’s recipient of the Africa Food Prize, Paolo Gentiloni, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Enrico Morando, Deputy Minister for Economy and Finance of Italy will be opening the session.

Where:     Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Palazzo della Farnesina 1, Rome

When:      14 September, 10:00

What:       The Rural Development Report 2016, IFAD’s flagship publication, is a rallying call for policymakers and development practitioners to win the global war against poverty. It brings together leading thinkers to analyse the experiences of rural development in over 60 developing countries. This systematic and rigorous analysis of the rural sector gives a greater understanding of what key investments and policy reforms should be prioritized so that people and nations can benefit.

The report is set in the context of a rapidly changing world, with growing demand for food, increased migration to cities and the impact of climate change and environmental degradation. It highlights the centrality of rural and agricultural development to overall economic growth.

A presentation of key findings and a panel discussion will be moderated by well-known journalist Zeinab Badawi. Speakers include:

  • Laura Frigenti, Director, Italian Agency for Development Cooperation
  • Julio Berdegué, Principal Researcher, Latin American Centre for Rural Development
  • Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam International
  • Elba Viviana Caro Hinojosa, Former Minister for Development Planning of the Plurinational State of Bolivia and Country Director of the IADB, Peru
  • Mandivamba Rukuni, Former Professor of Agriculture Economics, University of Zimbabwe
  • Paul Winters, Director, Research & Impact Assessment, IFAD

Please confirm your attendance and we will provide you with the embargoed press release and the embargoed Overview of the report.

Journalists must accredit by 17:00 on 12 September 2016 in order to gain access to the event.

Please send to your contact details, name of media outlet, date of birth to ifadnewsroom@ifad.org

Media Invite No.: IFAD/05/2016

IFAD invests in rural people, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, we have provided about US$17.7 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached some 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.