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Enabling sustainable rural development

The world faces massive economic, social and environmental challenges. In today’s globalized world, these problems cannot be solved by individual governments alone.

IFAD’s Strategic Framework 2016-2025 sets out how we will work over the coming decade in order to play a crucial role in the inclusive and sustainable transformation of rural areas. It articulates our contribution to the 2030 Agenda, including the larger role IFAD will play in supporting countries to fulfil their priorities relative to the Agenda.

The framework outlines that we will work in ways that are bigger,
better and smarter: bigger, by mobilizing and leveraging substantially greater investment in rural areas; better, by strengthening the quality of countries’ rural development programmes; and smarter, by further sharpening our efficiency and delivering results in a more cost-effective way.

The Framework sets three strategic objectives:

  • increasing the productive capacity of poor rural people
  • increasing their benefits from market participation
  • strengthening the environmental sustainability and climate resilience of their economic activities.

Download our Strategic Framework to see how IFAD’s agenda and investments help support smallholder agriculture development and rural transformation today and in the years ahead.