Mozambique and United Nations agency to discuss ways of reducing rural poverty

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Mozambique and United Nations agency to discuss ways of reducing rural poverty

Maputo, 21 February 2017– Media are invited to attend a national workshop to hear conclusions from an independent evaluation of the IFAD-supported country strategy and programme in Mozambique. The evaluation, conducted by IFAD's Independent Office of Evaluation, included six rural development projects implemented between 2010 and 2016 and amounting to an investment of US$237 million.

Following the presentation of evaluation conclusions and recommendations, discussions will focus on intensifying IFAD’s engagement in Mozambique, sharpening approaches and strategies to enhance access to finance for small scale farmers, and effective operational models for increasing the value of their agricultural produce. The findings of the evaluation and related discussions will constitute the basis to develop IFAD’s new strategy for the country.

IFAD began its operations in Mozambique in 1983 and has since financed 12 programmes and projects for a total value of US$400.2 million, of which IFAD has contributed US$243.9 million, directly benefiting more than 2.1 million rural households.

Participants will include representatives of Mozambique's national and local governments, representatives of bilateral and multilateral aid institutions, non-governmental and civil society organizations and selected resource persons.

WHAT: National workshop - Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation of IFAD-supported operations in Mozambique
Co-organized by the Mozambican Ministry of Economy and Finance, and the Independent Office of Evaluation, IFAD.

WHEN: Thursday, 2 March 2017, 8.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Polana Serena Hotel, Maputo

Note to editors

The following members of the IFAD delegation will be available for interviews:

Oscar A. Garcia: Director, Independent Office of Evaluation

Sana Jatta: Director, East and Southern Africa Division

Robson Mutandi: Country Director, Mozambique

Paolo Silveri: Senior delegate, Programme Management Department

Miguel Torralba: Lead Evaluation Officer and Evaluator responsible for the Mozambique Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation

Media Alert No: IFAD/06/2017

IFAD invests in rural people, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, we have provided US$18.4 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached about 464 million people. IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency based in Rome – the UN’s food and agriculture hub.


The Independent Office of Evaluation (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.


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Jaqueline Rabelo Souza

Evaluation Communication Specialist