IFAD operations in Asia and the Pacific


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Afghanistan
Afghanistan is one of the earliest members of IFAD, but a programme approved in 1979 was not implemented because of the Soviet invasion . Read more


Bangladesh
IFAD has more than 30 years of experience working in Bangladesh . Read more


Bhutan
Since 1981 IFAD has approved a total of US$50.9 million for investments in seven programmes and projects in Bhutan. One programme is ongoing. IFAD has concentrated its operations in the eastern part of the country, which has a relatively dense population. It is also the area where food insecurity is highest . Read more


Cambodia
Since 1996, IFAD has invested US$140.4 million in eight projects in Cambodia, which have mobilized overall investments for a total of US$283.6 million, benefiting 1,204,300 households. IFAD loans support rural and agricultural development and improvement of the livestock subsector . Read more


China
In 1981, IFAD became one of the first international donors to finance operations in China. IFAD is the only one of China's development partners dedicated exclusively to reducing poverty and increasing food and nutrition security in rural areas . Read more


DPR of Korea
The first IFAD-funded project in the country became effective in 1996, when the economy was struggling to overcome the loss of its main foreign markets in Eastern Europe. The organization has invested a total of US$98.1 million in three projects in D.P.R. Korea. Initially IFAD invested US$15.7 million, out of a total cost of US$24 . Read more


Fiji
Fiji has been a Member State of IFAD since 1978. Although IFAD has financed many activities in the country through regional agencies and programmes, the first IFAD country programme investment with core resources was approved in 2015 . Read more


India
IFAD has been working in India for more than 30 years. Today, India is IFAD's largest borrower and one of its main contributors . Read more


Indonesia
Since 1980, IFAD has extended loans to Indonesia for 15 programmes and projects totalling US$409.9 million. Eleven of the programmes and projects have been completed, and four are ongoing. IFAD has also funded a number of country and regional grants to support investment projects in the country . Read more


Kiribati
IFAD has been providing support to Kiribati since 2007 when it financed its first operation together with SPC and FAO to strengthen the Atolls Centre of Excellence.  It expanded collaboration with the inclusion of several sites from the outer islands of Kiribati in the regional programme called Mainstreaming of Rural Development Innovations (MORDI) . Read more


Laos
IFAD began operations in the Lao People's Democratic Republic in 1980. Since then, it has provided a total of US$122.4 million in loans and grants for 13 programmes and projects . Read more


Maldives
Since 1982 IFAD has approved US$18.2 million in loans and grants for six programmes and projects with a total cost of US$45.9 million. The most recent operation is the Fisheries and Agricultural Diversification Programme . Read more


Mongolia
Since 1996 IFAD has helped rural poor people in Mongolia by funding development projects in the livestock sector, the key to the livelihoods of rural Mongolians. IFAD approved a first loan of US$3.5 million to the Mongolian Government to finance the Arhangai and Huvsgul Rural Poverty Alleviation Project (AHRPAP) . Read more


Myanmar
Myanmar joined IFAD as a member state in 1990, but the country remained largely isolated until early 2011, when it embarked on a path of political and economic reforms to introduce elements of popular political representation, foster economic growth and inclusive social development, improve the business environment, attract foreign investment and reduce poverty . Read more


Nepal
Nepal was one of the first countries to benefit from IFAD loans, beginning in 1978. The 16 projects financed to date have mobilized significant resources. For every dollar lent by IFAD, an additional dollar has been committed by the government and other donors . Read more


Pakistan
IFAD's work in Pakistan aims to combat rural poverty by promoting rural development. It began operations in the country in 1978 . Read more


Papua New Guinea
Since 1983, IFAD has financed four projects in Papua New Guinea with investments totalling about US$33 million. Its current priority is to boost the livelihoods of smallholder farmers by improving the performance and sustainability of value chains in coffee- and cocoa-producing areas . Read more


Philippines
Since 1978, IFAD has committed a total of US$168.8 million in financing 13 projects related to agricultural development in the Philippines . Read more


Samoa
Samoa has been a member of IFAD since 1977. The organization has funded two projects in Samoa: the Rural Activation Project, which closed in 1996, and the Livestock Development Project, which closed in 1991. IFAD is in the process of redesigning its role in the country in response to Samoa's new middle income status . Read more


Solomon Islands
IFAD recognises that many of the development constraints Solomon Islands face are those they have in common with other Small Island Developing States (SIDS).  Size and scattered populations affect the provision of government services as well as the capacity to absorb development assistance . Read more


Sri Lanka
In 1978, shortly after IFAD was established, IFAD provided it's first loan for the Kirindi Oya Irrigation and Settlement Project. Almost 40 years later, IFAD, together with other donors, continues to play a strategic role in supporting the Government of Sri Lanka to reduce rural poverty and invest in rural areas in the country . Read more


Timor-Leste
IFAD's work in Timor-Leste aligns with the government's objective of food self-sufficiency, as well as IFAD's own overarching goal of empowering rural women and men to achieve higher incomes and improved food security at the household level. The ongoing Timor-Leste Maize Storage Project is the first initiative supported by IFAD in the country . Read more


Tonga
Since 1983 IFAD has supported 4 projects in Tonga with loans for a total of US$9.3 million. Tonga has also been included in a regional grant programme for the Pacific Island Countries. IFAD's strategy in Tonga IFAD's first projects in Tonga were credit schemes operating through the Tonga Development Bank . Read more


Viet Nam
IFAD works for and with the poorest people in Viet Nam, including ethnic minorities, small-scale farmers and households headed by women. Strategies to reduce poverty and improve living conditions include building partnerships, strengthening institutional capacity and promoting participation . Read more