The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

BACKGROUND: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is the first international institution established exclusively to provide additional resources for agricultural and rural development in developing countries and to channel those resources to the poorest rural populations in Africa, Near East and North Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean that suffer from chronic hunger and malnutrition.


IFAD was one of the major initiatives of the World Food Conference, held in Rome in 1974, following two years of negotiations. The agreement establishing the fund was adopted by 91 governments on 13 June 1976 and was opened for signature or ratification on 20 December 1976, following attainment of the target of US$ 1 billion in initial pledges. The agreement came into force on 30 November 1977.


IFAD Annual Report. Published in English, French, Spanish.

IFAD Update. Published twice yearly in English, French, Spanish.

Meeting Challenges in a Changing World.

Near East and North Africa Management Training in Agriculture Rural Women in IFAD's Projects: The Key to Poverty Alleviation.

Strategic Framework for IFAD 2002–2006.

Working Together. A multifaceted field collaboration among FAO, IFAD, and WFP.

(IFAD also publishes booklets, brochures, manuals, and periodicals. A complete listing is available on the organization's web site ).

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