IFAD in Near East, North Africa, Europe and Central Asia

IFAD supports ongoing projects and programmes in 18 of the 35 low- and middle-income countries and territories in the Near East and North Africa (NEN), Central and Eastern Europe (CEN), and Central Asia. Across these sub-regions, IFAD works to reduce poverty and boost food security through loans and grants for sustainable agricultural and rural development initiatives.

The population of all the countries in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) sub-region is about 442 million, of whom 41 per cent live in rural areas. In countries and territories for which data are available, approximately 4 per cent live on less than US$1.25 a day.

Given the enormous challenges facing rural areas and the agricultural sector in NENA, IFAD’s strategic interventions there increasingly focus on national development priorities.

 

Recent publications

    • Policy brief: Promoting integrated and inclusive rural-urban dynamics and food systems

      Policy brief: Promoting integrated and inclusive rural-urban dynamics and food systems

    • IFAD and the 2030 Agenda: Transforming rural lives: building a prosperous and sustainable future for all

      IFAD and the 2030 Agenda: Transforming rural lives: building a prosperous and sustainable future for all

    • Policy brief: Investing in rural livelihoods to eradicate poverty and create shared prosperity

      Policy brief: Investing in rural livelihoods to eradicate poverty and create shared prosperity

Key resources

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    • Addressing climate change in Eastern Africa through evergreen agriculture

      Addressing climate change in Eastern Africa through evergreen agriculture

    • Investing in the future: Agricultural development and rural poverty reduction in Europe and Central Asia (2014)

      Investing in the future: Agricultural development and rural poverty reduction in Europe and Central Asia (2014)

    • A time of transition: Agricultural development and rural poverty reduction in the Near East and North Africa (2014)

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