Grants: An overview

In December 2003, IFAD's Executive Board approved a Policy on Grant Financing which was updated in September 2005. In December 2009, IFAD Executive Board approved the Revised IFAD Policy for Grant Financing. In May 2011, IFAD presented the related Procedures for Financing from the Grants Programme to its Executive Board for information.


The goal of the grant policy is to promote successful and/or innovative approaches and technologies, together with enabling policies and institutions that will support agricultural and rural development, thereby contributing to the achievement of IFAD's overarching goal – that poor rural women and men in developing countries are empowered to achieve higher incomes and improved food security.

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