Thomas Rath is a specialist in rural poverty reduction and agricultural development with about 24 years of experience in research and development. Rath has been working with IFAD for about 20 years. He currently leads IFAD’s sub-regional Hub in Hanoi, Vietnam. Rath is also responsible for IFAD’s country programme in Laos and Thailand. Prior to this, he managed country programmes in East and Southern Africa. In Asia, he led IFAD’s work in China IFAD’s country programme for over six years. Rath led the designs and implementation of country programme strategies, rural development programmes and action research projects. In partnership with government, donor agencies and NGOs, he developed projects for smallholder farmers and rural dwellers to enhance agricultural productivity, access to rural natural resources, employment and to render the vulnerable people better adapted to adverse climate events.