IFAD President and Argentina’s key leaders meet to discuss rural poverty reduction commitments

Rome, 20 November 2017 – Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development of the United Nations (IFAD), will meet with the ministries of foreign affairs, finance and agroindustry on 21 November to discuss the country’s progress and plans in eradicating rural poverty.

This will be Houngbo’s first official visit to Argentina, where poverty has decreased from 32.2 per cent to 28.6 per cent over the last 12 months.

“At IFAD, we believe that it is through partnership that we can successfully eradicate poverty in rural areas where it is most prevalent,“ Houngbo said. “In Argentina, there is much potential for family farmers and indigenous producers when they are fully engaged in inclusive value chains and have access to markets, technology and financing."  

In his visit to Argentina, Houngbo will meet with:

  • Luis Miguel Etchevehere, newly-appointed Minister of Agroindustry. Among the topics for discussion will be an expanded partnership between the Unit for Rural Change (UCAR) and some of the Ministry’s technical units, as well as the government's prioritization of increasing smallholder farmers’ participation in value chains and using territorial comparative advantages.
  • Luis Andrés Caputo, Minister of Finance. The discussion will include the start-up of two new programmes - the Programme for Goat Value Chain Development (PRODECCA) and the Programme for Economic Insertion of Family Producers of Northern Argentina (PROCANOR), which became active in March and April 2017, respectively. Houngbo and Caputo will also discuss future collaboration opportunities between IFAD and Argentina.
  • Jorge Faurie, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship. The meeting will take place at the San Martín Palace and will focus on the integration of Argentinian experts to provide technical assistance to IFAD-financed projects, especially in Africa.
  • Alejandro Gennari, Executive Coordinator of the Unit for Rural Change (UCAR). The two will discuss how the UCAR model, established in 2009, is being used as a benchmark for project management efficiency in other countries, given that implementation effectiveness has increased greatly since its establishment.

While in the country, Houngbo will visit the vegetable producing areas near the town of La Plata to see the implementation of the IFAD-funded Inclusive Rural Development Programme (PRODERI). The programme is being implemented in 17 provinces and aims to reach over 25,000 poor households engaged in family farming, including 4,000 indigenous households and 8,000 especially vulnerable families (landless producers, women head of households, young people and casual wage earners). The programme is supporting rural families to improve their quality of life and increase their incomes. In La Plata, the President will interact with the members of the Moto Mendez Cooperative, which is building a vegetable packaging and cooling shed with assistance from PRODERI.

Press release No.: IFAD/65/2017

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