Poverty and hunger are human-made. The root causes of food insecurity and malnutrition are poverty and inequity as much as they are food shortages.
We can assist rural people to improve their agricultural productivity, strengthen their resilience to shocks, market their products more effectively and increase their incomes, both on- and off-farm. But if policies don’t favour a model of rural development that is inclusive and sustainable, then all our efforts, and those of those rural people themselves, will be short-lived.
Nearly 40 years of experience around the globe has given IFAD a thorough understanding of the policies that enable successful rural transformation.
Informing national policies
Our policy engagement agenda focuses on the measures national and local governments need to take to enable rural transformation. We work with governments and other local partners to identify the obstacles to rural development and design targeted country-specific solutions. We also help governments to implement existing policies, and to monitor and evaluate their impacts.
From land reform to agricultural production services, from rural finance to farmer organization, we help develop frameworks that empower smallholder farmers and rural entrepreneurs to thrive, and to feed growing urban populations.
Our aim is not merely to ensure that rural transformation as an integral part of economic modernization, but also to ensure it is inclusive – benefiting even the poorest and most marginal groups in the rural population, sustainable and proofed against climate change, even in fragile situations.