The People Behind Your Plate - Powerful photos and stories available

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The People Behind Your Plate - Powerful photos and stories available

Rome, 2 March 2021 – The COVID-19 pandemic has made us all realize how much we depend on the hard work of the people who produce our food, but are too often forgotten. The People Behind Your Plate is a coffee table book of powerful images and stories of rural people worldwide created by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and released for global use today.

In the developing world, 63 per cent of rural people depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. This collection of powerful images and stories features food producers from some of the world’s most fragile and remote communities. Their stories speak of challenges we all share as we seek to build a more sustainable future for ourselves, our families and our world.

The book is organized around the “5 Ps” of people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnerships. The work that rural people do, including growing food and taking care of precious natural resources, is at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals to eliminate poverty and hunger, protect the planet, and promote peace and prosperity.

The stories and photographs featured in the book are available for global use on request here.


IFAD invests in rural people, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, we have provided US$23.2 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached an estimated 518 million people. IFAD is an international financial institution and a United Nations specialized agency based in Rome – the United Nations food and agriculture hub.