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Statement by Ireland to the 30th Session of IFAD's Governing Council

Ireland has published its first ever White Paper (policy) on Overseas Development Assistance. In this policy paper, Ireland has reiterated its overarching objective to reduce poverty, in order to reduce vulnerability and increase opportunities.

Ireland's White Paper highlights our commitment to reach the United Nation's target of spending 0.7% of GNP on Official Development Assistance by 2012. To that effect Ireland has already reached 0.5% of GNP for its ODA programme this year, 2007.

Ireland's White Paper clearly states that hunger, food security and rural development are priorities in its programme. These priorities will be addressed by supporting "measures to improve the production and efficiency of African agriculture through additional funding for rural infrastructure, water management, and sustainable land management initiatives", and by "providing increased assistance to rural development and agriculture, including to agricultural research and extension services through effective partnerships".

Ireland shares the same goals as that of IFAD, and to this effect Ireland has reinforced its commitment to these ideals by increasing its funding to the 7th replenishment four-fold.

Ireland encourages and supports IFAD's reform process and the implementation of its new Action Plan. It is anticipated that IFAD programmes will demonstrate greater alignment with partner country national policies and objectives. Ireland looks forward to continued collaboration and partnership with IFAD and its work with the poorest rural communities in developing countries.