IFAD and European Space Agency use spatial technology to better serve the world’s poorest rural food producers

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IFAD and European Space Agency use spatial technology to better serve the world’s poorest rural food producers

Rome, 23 June 2023 – As current global crises converge, business as usual will not suffice. Leveraging innovation and new partnerships has become increasingly important as world leaders search for new ways to tackle hunger, poverty and the growing impacts of climate change.

On 28 June, new approaches to partnership will be on full display at the 2023 IFAD Innovation Day in Rome. Media are invited to attend the full day of events as well as a press coffee at 17:15 in person or virtually.

The UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will share how new and strengthened partnerships with the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Institute of Innovation for Sustainability, the World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator and Global Action are coming together to impact global food security.  

IFAD and ESA will unveil their plans to support vulnerable small-scale farmers in eight developing countries, to improve food production, adapt to climate change, and enhance resilience to economic and climate shocks.

IFAD's Innovation Day 2023 will showcase progress, opportunities, and areas where strategic partnerships and co-financing can scale up innovation for impoverished rural populations. A marketplace will feature innovative solutions financed by IFAD, delivering sustainable and inclusive rural development outcomes.

The event is jointly organized by IFAD, the only UN Agency that specializes in rural development, Cariplo Factory, an innovation hub company, Global Action and the Fund for Innovation in Development. It is supported by the governments of Colombia, Finland, France, Germany and Norway. The event media partner is Adnkronos.

Full agenda 2023 IFAD Innovation Day


Media gaggle
COFFEE WITH THE PRESS: Partnerships for Impact and Scalability
Organized by the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)


Jyotsna Puri Associate Vice-President, Strategy and Knowledge Department, IFAD

Pierfrancesco Torrisi Founder and Head of Partnerships, Global Action, Italy

Andrea Geremicca Director General, European Institute of Innovation for Sustainability

Benjamin Koetz Head of Sustainable Initiatives Office, European Space Agency

Hila Cohen, Deputy Head, World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator

Moderator: Helene Papper Director, Global Communications and Advocacy Division, IFAD


Wednesday, 28 June 2023, 17:15-17:45


IFAD Headquarters, Via Paolo di Dono 44, Roma

Virtual link to participate will be sent to accredited journalists


Please RSVP to confirm your attendance either in person or virtually by Tuesday 27 June, 12.00 CET to:

 For further information, visit the IFAD Innovation Day official webpage.


Media Alert No: IFAD/07/2023

IFAD is an international financial institution and a United Nations specialized agency. Based in Rome – the United Nations food and agriculture hub – IFAD invests in rural people, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, we have provided more than US$24 billion in grants and low-interest loans to fund projects in developing countries. 

A wide range of photographs and broadcast-quality video content of IFAD’s work in rural communities are available for download from our Image Bank.