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

    • IFAD in Tajikistan: The virtues of village organizations

      IFAD in Tajikistan: The virtues of village organizations

    • IFAD in Central and Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States (CEN)

      IFAD in Central and Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States (CEN)

    • Investing in rural people in Uzbekistan

  • Egypt scaling up note

Key resources

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    • 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)

    • Addressing climate change in Near East, North Africa and Europe

      Addressing climate change in Near East, North Africa and Europe

Video

  • Hassan is university graduate who, like many young people in Egypt, was having trouble finding a job. Then he heard about a unique government program that offered landless youth and unemployed university graduates the opportunity to start their own farms. The only condition was that they reclaim the land themselves...in the desert. This IFAD documentary looks at what happened.