Moses Abukari, Regional Programme Manager
IFAD Asset Request Portlet
Regional Programme Manager01 January 2015
Growing up in Ghana, I could not fathom why some people were less privileged than others. I yearned for an opportunity where I could support underprivileged people in and beyond my country.
Honestly, I did not know that IFAD existed until late 2004 while I was studying in the Netherlands and learnt about the organization. I was fascinated by IFAD’s simple mission and I developed an intense passion to discover what the organization is all about and how it works to change the lives of poor rural people in developing countries. Luckily, I was selected for an internship in 2005.
"I was fascinated by IFAD’s simple mission and I developed an intense passion to discover what the organization is all about and how it works to change the lives of poor rural people in developing countries."
My main motivation was to then learn about IFAD’s modus operandi. The internship period was my turning point as my interests and passion were compatible with IFAD’s mandate and core values. One of the most rewarding aspects of IFAD’s work is that we can trace how collectively proposed ideas and solutions make a direct difference to the lives of poor rural people in a village. It also gives us the opportunity to get feedback from the field to better understand what works and what doesn’t and how to adapt solutions to the demands of rural people. In this way, the organization remains people-centred and accumulates adaptable know-how to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in meeting its mandate.
For me personally, I believe it is institutionally fulfilling every time a farmer or group of farmers tell their life-changing stories as a direct result of an IFAD-supported intervention. In Gambia, women produce rice, the staple food, but under harsh conditions. Simple bridges and farm access roads go a long way to alleviate this problem. Infrastructure helps boost production so that households have sufficient rice to eat for several months. I believe that IFAD’s impact goes a long way towards helping the lives of these poor rural women and their families, and our support is appreciated.