38th session of IFADs Governing Council: Spotlight on rural transformation

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38th session of IFAD's Governing Council: Spotlight on rural transformation

In his remarks at the meeting, IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze warned of "the price of inaction" in rural areas that are often invisible to the outside world. To transform themselves both economically and socially, he said, these areas must "provide employment, services and opportunities for the 3 billion people who live in them, and particularly for those whose lives depend on smallholder farms."

Held annually at IFAD headquarters in Rome, the Governing Council is the Fund's main decision-making body and is open to all Member States. This year's session featured a roster of distinguished guest speakers who offered their perspectives on making rural transformation a reality.

Front row from left: IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana and His Majesty Tupou VI, King of Tonga. ©IFAD/Flavio Ianniello

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His Majesty Tupou VI, King of Tonga, said transformation would mean increasing the capacity of rural people to manage risk and build resilience in the context of climate change. He cited the IFAD-financed Tonga Rural Innovation Project as an example of community empowerment and private-sector partnerships improving and diversifying livelihoods.

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