US$ 372.6 million
Total project cost
US$ 129.6 million
Total IFAD financing
With a 2015 gross domestic product (GDP) of more than US$550 billion, the country is one of the largest economies in Latin America. It is among the world’s leading food exporters, with large-scale agricultural and livestock industries. Agricultural exports accounted for more than half of total national export, valued at US$72 billion in 2014.
In 2001, Argentina suffered a severe economic and financial crisis that left 61 per cent of the population living in conditions of poverty or extreme poverty. Although Argentina has made significant progress in poverty reduction, the country still exhibits regional and income inequalities. More than 1.8 million people live in poverty, some facing economic exclusion. Indigenous communities have particularly high levels of poverty.
At least one third of the 3.5 million people in rural areas live in poverty. They have limited access to land, frequently in less productive areas far from larger markets. They also lack land tenure security.
Rural people have limited access to the technical assistance and financing they can use to modernize production. Because of weak rural organizations and transportation restrictions, smallholders also face difficulties in accessing markets and value chains. Additionally, farmers are increasingly affected by environmental problems linked to climate change, such as more intense and frequent extreme weather events such as droughts and floods. The areas at risk of desertification and water scarcity are increasing.
In Argentina, IFAD loans work to reduce rural poverty by investing in smallholder farmers’ organisations as well as indigenous communities and helping them generate their own income.
Our country programme strategy (2016-2021) is based on national priorities and is structured around three strategic objectives:
- Income and strategic opportunities.
- Human and social capital.
- Institutional development.
Activities preserve the central role played by farmers’ and community organizations in the rural transformation process.
Key activities include:
- bolstering the economic sustainability of families and their organizations by improving and diversifying productive activities, resilience, negotiating power in value chains and nutritional practices;
- strengthening the capacities of poor rural people and their organizations to improve the management of their organizations, their socio-economic conditions and their capacities to engage in dialogue with the public sector; and
- building the capacity of government institutions to support rural development.
Argentina is the second-largest country in Latin America and has the fourth-largest population with 43 million inhabitants, 8 per cent of whom live in rural areas.
The country is one of the largest economies in Latin America and among the world’s leading food exporters, with large-scale agricultural and livestock industries.
Since 1988, IFAD has invested a total of US$128.4 million in eight programmes and projects related to agricultural development in Argentina, benefiting 96,840 households.
Projects and Programmes
Rural Development: Programme for Economic Insertion of Family Producers of Northern ArgentinaREAD MORE
Rural Development: Rural Development Project for the North-Eastern ProvincesREAD MORE
Credit and Financial Services: Programme of Credit and Technical Support for the Small Producers in Northeast ArgentinaREAD MORE
IFAD President and Argentina’s key leaders meet to discuss rural poverty reduction commitments
IFAD to provide US$24.3 million to improve integration of family farmers into new value chains in Argentina
IFAD to invest US$13.3 million to integrate smallholder goat breeders into emerging value chains in Argentina
Mapeo Participativo - Diálogos y acuerdos entre actores
The issue of land in Argentina
territorial development. In addition, a series of policy options are put forward to address the most conflictridden situations, keeping in mind the goals of equity