Helene Ni 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

Past issues

Issue n. 27:
December 2015

Issue n. 26:
May 2015

Issue n. 25:
April 2014

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 28 – December 2015

Interview with Sana F.K. Jatta, the new Regional Director of ESA

After only six months in office, Sana Jatta is already busy visiting countries around the region to meet and engage senior government representatives, IFAD country office staff, staff of IFAD supported projects, and representatives of development partners and other stakeholders. He has also visited and met several Ambassadors from the ESA region based in Rome. Read more

The Portfolio Performance Report 2014/15: a Summary


The latest Portfolio Performance Report for the East and Southern Africa Division (ESA), covering the period July 2014 to June 2015 and published in August 2015, shows a positive performance overall for the region in spite of the ongoing challenges. In particular, the proportion of problem projects has been reduced from 32% to 22%. Read more

More innovation and technical expertise needed in ESA, an interview with Geoffrey Livingston, Regional Economist

Geoffrey Livingston has been working as the Regional Economist in the East and Southern Africa division for the past seven years. He has been at the core of the changes that took place in the Division, both in terms of management re-organisation and programme assessment. In this interview, he shares his views about working in this fascinating region. Read more

Madagascar: star of the 2015 Universal Expo in Milan

swazilandMadagascar was one of the star countries at the 2015 Universal Exposition in Milan, the largest international event ever organised on food and nutrition, which focused on feeding the planet. As part of the Expo's international competition on best sustainable development practices in food security, Madagascar, where rice accounts for 50 percent of agricultural production, was selected for the system of rice intensification it has developed over the last two decades. Read more

ESA Grants in support of Development Work in the region

Regional grants can make a significant contribution to IFAD's programme of work, by supporting complementary activities and initiatives which add value to the loan portfolio. In ESA alone, there are currently 10 regional grants which include themes for knowledge management, market access, land and natural resource management, alternative livelihoods for food and nutrition security, and rural finance. Read more