About the event
The forty-second session, held on 14 and 15 February, will focus on the theme rural innovation and entrepreneurship. IFAD, with its specialized mandate of enabling rural transformation, has a pivotal role to play in creating the conditions for innovation and entrepreneurship to thrive in rural areas.
His Holiness Pope Francis will make an address in the inaugural session and the violinist Midori, United Nations Messenger of Peace, will give a performance.
Interactive sessions will focus on IFAD’s support for innovation and entrepreneurship and its engagement in innovative processes. They will explore how IFAD is working to ensure that its value chain development activities are gender- and nutrition-sensitive; the role of social entrepreneurship and innovation in promoting resilience and addressing global challenges; and the impact of new technology on the future of farming.
Other sessions include the launch of the Agribusiness Capital Fund (ABC Fund), a youth panel, an event featuring IFAD Recipes for Change with Italian Chef Carlo Cracco, and a briefing on the G20.