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Turkey and United Nations agency to discuss inclusiveness and opportunities for the rural poor

Ankara, 21 January 2016 –The Independent Office of Evaluation of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN agency specializing in rural development, will present the conclusions of an independent evaluation of the Fund’s country strategy and programme in Turkey that focused on eradicating rural poverty and food security.

Workshop discussions will focus on the challenges, opportunities and priorities of developing rural areas such as improved targeting, focusing more on gender equality and women's empowerment, as well as exploring areas for cooperation, including exchange of knowledge and experience between Turkey and other IFAD member countries within the framework of South-South and Triangular Cooperation initiatives.

  • WHAT: National round-table workshop
    Country Programme Evaluation of IFAD's operations in Turkey
    Co-organized by the Turkish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, and IFAD’s Independent Office of Evaluation
  • WHEN: Thursday, 28 January 2016, 9:30 -  17:15
  • WHERE: Sheraton Hotel, Ankara, Tulipia Ballroom I, Noktali Sokak, Kavaklidere

Note to the editors:

Media are welcome to cover the national workshop. The following members of the Turkey Government and IFAD delegation will be available for interviews:

  • Metin Türker, Acting Director General of Agricultural Reform , Ministry of Food Agriculture and Livestock
  • Lakshmi Menon, Associate Vice-President, Corporate Services Department of IFAD
  • Oscar A. Garcia, Director, Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE)
  • Khalida Bouzar, Director, Near East, North Africa and Europe Division of IFAD
  • Miguel Torralba, IOE Lead Evaluation Specialist and evaluator responsible for the Turkey           Country Programme Evaluation
  • Abdelhamid Abdouli, Turkey IFAD Country Programme Manager

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

Media alert No: IFAD/01/2016

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) invests in rural people, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, we have provided nearly US$16.6 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached about 445 million people. IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency based in Rome – the UN's food and agriculture hub.

About the Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE): 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.