India and UN agency discuss ways to boost small-scale agriculture in rainfed areas

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India and UN agency discuss ways to boost small-scale agriculture in rainfed areas

29 April 2016 –The Independent Office of Evaluation of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will present the findings and recommendations of an independent evaluation of the IFAD-supported country programme in India at a national round-table workshop on 12 May in New Delhi.

Workshop discussions will focus on improving project design to boost small-scale agricultural production in rainfed areas, increasing portfolio implementation efficiency  and strengthening non-lending activities, including knowledge management, partnership building and contributing to policy dialogue at the state and central level.

WHAT: National round-table workshop
Country Programme Evaluation of IFAD-supported operations in India
Co-organized by the Ministry of Finance of the Government of India, and the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD

WHEN: Thursday, 12 May, 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

WHERE: Hyatt Regency Hotel, New Delhi


Note to editors:

Media are welcome to attend the national workshop. The following members of the IFAD delegation will be available for interviews:

Josefina Stubbs, Associate Vice-President and Chief Development Strategist, Strategy and Knowledge Department

Oscar A. Garcia: Director, Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD

Nigel Brett: Lead Portfolio Advisor in IFAD’s Asia and Pacific Division

Fabrizio Felloni: IOE Lead Evaluation Officer and evaluator responsible for the India Country Programme Evaluation

Rasha Omar: IFAD Country Programme Manager for India

Participants will include representatives from the Government of India, bilateral and multilateral aid institutions, non-governmental and civil society organizations, and selected resource persons.

On 8-10 May, the IFAD delegation will go on a field visit to two IFAD-funded projects in the North Eastern Region (state of Meghalaya).

These are the North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Project for Upland Areas (phases II and III) and the Meghalaya Livelihoods and Access to Markets Project.

The visit will provide the IFAD delegation with an opportunity to speak with project participants and project staff, members of the local communities, state government officials and others.

Media alert No: IFAD/04/2016

IFAD invests in rural people, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, we have provided US$17.7 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached about 459 million people. IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency based in Rome – the UN’s food and agriculture hub.

About the Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE): IOE conducts evaluations of IFAD-financed policies, strategies and operations to promote accountability and learning. The main purpose is to contribute to improving IFAD's and its partners' performance in reducing rural poverty in recipient countries. IOE's independent evaluations assess the impact of IFAD-funded activities and give an analysis of successes and shortcomings – to tell it the way it is – as well as identify factors affecting performance. Based on the key insights and recommendations drawn from evaluation findings, IOE also communicates and shares IFAD’s knowledge and experience in agriculture and rural development with a wider audience.