By Gilbert F. Houngbo
IFAD’s Annual Report and Highlights 2016 were published on 28 June. Read the President’s Foreword to the Highlights here.
2016 was the first year of work towards the 2030 Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). IFAD’s new Strategic Framework 2016-2025 came into effect, outlining how we will contribute to the 2030 Agenda. It sets three strategic objectives to guide our work: increasing rural poor people’s capacity to produce, increasing their benefits from market participation, and strengthening the environmental sustainability and climate resilience of their economic activities. The Framework commits IFAD to working in ways that are bigger, better and smarter to maximize our impact on the lives of rural people.
In laying the foundations for the ambitious 2030 Agenda, the international community included a concerted drive to gather reliable data and establish processes to measure progress accurately. In line with...