Strengthening performance and sharing success: IFAD and its regional partners meet in Ghana

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Strengthening performance and sharing success: IFAD and its regional partners meet in Ghana

Rome-Accra, 30 November – Representatives of government, civil society and farmer organizations, the private sector, development partners, project staff and IFAD staff will meet in Accra from 1-4 December 2009 to discuss lifting performance to achieve greater results and impact of IFAD-supported country programmes in Western and Central Africa.

The workshop, organized by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in conjunction with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Ghana, is being held at ORCHID Hospitality Management Services (Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons).

Over 200 participants are expected to attend. Working groups will discuss respective country action plans to strengthen project performance and results. Thematic learning working groups will discuss the following: rural and agricultural finance and rural enterprise; agricultural value chains development and support to capacity building.

IFAD has 50 on-going rural development projects and programmes in Western and Central Africa, for a total commitment of US$ 1.3 billion, making the region one of the largest users of IFAD resources.

"IFAD-supported projects are the main vehicle for improving the lives of the rural poor and effective project implementation is the foundation of enabling the rural poor to overcome poverty," said Mohamed Béavogui, Director of Western and Central Africa Division in IFAD. "Sharing experiences and learning between farmers, NGOs, the private sector and government is vital to the impact of projects," he continued.

The regional project implementation workshop will be opened by the Honorable Kwesi Ahwoi, Minister of Food and Agriculture of the Republic of Ghana, and Mohamed Béavogui, Director of Western and Central Africa Division in IFAD.

Since 1980 IFAD has supported 16 programmes and projects in Ghana, with total financing of $184.45 million, making it the second largest user of IFAD resources in the region.  IFAD's investments seek to enable rural poor people to improve and diversify their livelihoods in a sustainable manner. Through its operations, IFAD supports the key development objectives of Ghana's Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy (GPRS II)

Press release No.: IFAD/60/09


The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) works with poor rural people to enable them to grow and sell more food, increase their incomes and determine the direction of their own lives. Since 1978, IFAD has invested over US$11 billion in grants and low-interest loans to developing countries, empowering some 350 million people to break out of poverty. IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized UN agency based in Rome – the UN's food and agricultural hub. It is a unique partnership of 165 members from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), other developing countries and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).