Hélène Ní Choncheanainn
Programme Assistant, East and Southern Africa Division

East and Southern Africa Division
Via Paolo Di Dono, 44
00142 Rome, Italy
Fax: +39 06 5043463

Useful links

IFAD website

IFAD operations in Eastern and Southern Africa

Rural Finance Network

Rural Poverty Portal

About IFAD

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is a specialized agency of the United Nations, dedicated to eradicating poverty and hunger in developing countries. Its work in remote rural areas of the world helps countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

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Issue 23 – August 2013

Scaling up in IFAD, a definition
As part of its most recent replenishment of funding from member states, IFAD has set ambitious, accelerated targets for reducing rural poverty between now and 2015. To reach those targets – and to help meet the Millennium Development Goals on poverty reduction – IFAD is institutionalizing Scaling Up into its operations. Read more

Ethiopia: Best practice for scaling up microfinance institutions at national level
A programme to support the development of microfinance institutions in Ethiopia introduced in the previous decade, has had results beyond expectations, so much so that it is now a best practice example for the scaling up of development programmes. Read more

Uganda: Replicating an oil palm production model
With the undisputed success of the Vegetable Oil Development Project (VODP) which introduced for the first time in the country oil palm growing and palm oil production, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is now scaling up the project to extend its geographical reach and get many more smallholder farmers out of poverty. Read more

Kenya: design with a scaling up mindset, the Upper Tana project
The new IFAD-supported Upper Tana Natural Resources Management Project (UTaNRMP) started earlier this year as a follow-up of a pilot project implemented in 2004, the Mount Kenya East Pilot Project (MKEPP). Not only will it extend the geographical base of the initial project, but it will scale-up what worked well in MKEPP as well as transform its management framework to better deal with the increased scope of the project. Read more

Madagascar: Scaling up through innovation
What started as a pilot innovation in a limited area in Madagascar not only became a showcase of successful scaling up to other regions, but enabled a local industry to develop. "The drip irrigation technology is a good example of geographical and economical scaling up," said Caroline Bidault, Associate Country Programme Manager at the International Fund for Agricultural Development in Madagascar, "not only it was replicated in other areas, but local manufacturers started to produce the technology, adapting it to the local environment." Read more

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