Cambodia and IFAD to discuss strategy to improve rural livelihoods in the country

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Rome, 16 January, 2018 – Media are invited to attend a national workshop that will present results of an independent evaluation of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)’s rural development work in Cambodia.

The evaluation conducted by IFAD's Independent Office of Evaluation, reviewed the country strategy and programme since IFAD began working in the country in 1996 and focused particularly on seven rural development projects that were approved between 2000 and 2016.

Following the presentation of the evaluation's findings and recommendations, there will be a discussion on key issues that emerged from the evaluation. These include: the role that smallholder agriculture can play in reducing rural poverty and in sustainable rural transformation; defining which are the priority areas for developing smallholder farmers and the rural poor people's skills; and how best to leverage strategic partnerships and investments in support of smallholder agriculture.

The outcomes of the evaluation and the workshop discussion will inform the future IFAD-Government partnership. Participants will include representatives of: Cambodia’s national and local governments; bilateral and multilateral aid institutions and non-governmental organizations; farmer organizations; microfinance institutions and the private sector; and select resource persons.

Since 1996, IFAD has contributed approximately US$180 million to programmes and projects in Cambodia – including US$50 million in grants – for a total portfolio value of about US$354 million and expected coverage of 1.28 million households.

WHAT: National workshop - Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation of IFAD-supported operations in Cambodia. Co-organized by the Government of Cambodia and the Independent Office of Evaluation, IFAD

WHEN: Wednesday, 24 January 2018, from 09.00 to 16.40 hours.

WHERE: Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh.

Note to the editors

The following members of the IFAD delegation will be available for interviews:

Khalida Bouzar: Director attending on behalf of the Associate Vice-President of the Programme Management Department

Fabrizio Felloni: Deputy Director, Independent Office of Evaluation

Fumiko Nakai: Senior Evaluation Officer and lead evaluator responsible for the Cambodia Country Strategy and Programme Evaluation

Benoit Thierry: Country Programme Manager, Cambodia

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Media Alert No: 01/2018

IFAD invests in rural people, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, we have provided US$19.7 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached about 474 million people. IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency based in Rome – the UN’s food and agriculture hub.

The Independent Office of Evaluation (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.