IFAD awarded ‘diplôme d’honneur’ by the President of Senegal for its work in the country’s rural areas

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IFAD awarded ‘diplôme d’honneur’ by the President of Senegal for its work in the country’s rural areas

Press release number: IFAD 24/04

Rome, Thursday, 1 July 2004 – The President of Senegal officially awarded the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) with a “diplôme d’honneur” today for its development work in the country’s most fragile, rural areas.

The award was presented to Lennart Båge, President of IFAD, by the Senegalese Ambassador Momar Gueye on behalf of the President of Senegal, Me Abdoulaye Wade at the organization’s headquarters in Rome.

IFAD has been working in Senegal since 1979, and financed 11 projects in country, totalling USD 115 million.

According to Mohammed Beavogui, IFAD’s Director of the Western and Central Africa Division, “This award is a token of Senegal’s appreciation for the organization’s work in the particularly impoverished region of Matam.”

The Matam region is one of the most depressed and isolated areas in Senegal, with high rates of male migration and prolonged periods of drought. Before Matam was recognized in 2001 as an official administrative region by the government, IFAD was one of the main development partners and funding agency to support rural and economic development in the region.

Soon after his election, President Båge chose to visit the Matam region on his first official visit to Senegal.

IFAD currently works with the Senegalese government on a programme to improve economic opportunities for Matam residents, particularly female-headed households, and boost the communities’ literacy and technical skills. More than 150,000 people are expected to benefit from this 8 year programme.

IFAD is a specialized agency of the United Nations dedicated to combating rural poverty in the most disadvantaged regions of the world. Since 1978, IFAD has invested USD 8.15 billion in 657 rural development projects and programme in 115 countries and territories. Through these projects and programmes, about 250 million rural people have been supported in their efforts to overcome poverty.