In India since: 1979
About: IFAD invests in rural people, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, IFAD has provided about US$18 billion in grants and low interest loans to projects that have reached some 462 million people globally. IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency based in Rome – the UN’s food and agriculture hub.
IFAD has been working in India since 1979. The current country strategy aims to increase the rural poor’s access to agricultural technologies, natural resources, financial services and value chains. A major cross-cutting objective is to share knowledge and learning on poverty reduction and nutrition security – with a focus on tribal communities, smallholder farming households, landless people, women and unemployed youth.
IFAD is working at the grass-roots level, targeting its activities to the poorest and most vulnerable groups in rural society, such as small-scale and marginal farmers, women, tribal communities and scheduled castes.
Location: New Delhi, India
Focus Areas: Rural Poverty, Agriculture, Women’s Empowerment, Tribal Development
Nodal Ministry: Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance
Other major publications:
- Investing in rural people in India
- Addressing Hunger and Poverty: 30 years of IFAD’s Development Partnership in India
- Images of Tribal Development in India