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International Fund for Agricultural Development
Formation15 December 1977; 46 years ago (1977-12-15)
TypeUnited Nations specialised agency
Legal statusActive
HeadquartersRome, Italy
Alvaro Lario
Parent organization
United Nations Economic and Social Council
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The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD; French: Fonds international de développement agricole (FIDA)) is an international financial institution and a specialised agency of the United Nations that works to address poverty and hunger in rural areas of developing countries. It is the only multilateral development organization that focuses solely on rural economies and food security.[1]

Headquartered in Rome, IFAD is involved in over 200 projects across nearly 100 countries.[2] It funds and sponsors initiatives that improve land and water management, develop rural infrastructure, train and educate farmers in more efficient technologies, build up resilience against climate change, enhancing market accessibility, and more.[3]

IFAD has 177 member states and works in partnership with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). As of 2021, since its foundation, IFAD has provided US$23.2 billion in loans and grants and coordinated an addition US$31 billion in international and domestic co-financing.[4]


IFAD was established as an international financial institution in 1977 through United Nations General Assembly Resolution 32/107 (30 December 1977) as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference.[5] Its headquarters are in Rome, Italy, and it is a member of the United Nations Development Group.[6] The current President of the IFAD is Alvaro Lario from Spain, who took over from Gilbert Houngbo in late 2022.[7]

See also


  1. ^ "IFAD at a glance". IFAD. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  2. ^ "IFAD at a Glance".
  3. ^ "Topics". IFAD. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  4. ^ "International Fund for Agricultural Development | Department of Economic and Social Affairs". Retrieved 30 May 2023.
  5. ^ Talbot, Ross (1980). "The International Fund for Agricultural Development". Political Science Quarterly. 95 (2). JSTOR (The Academy of Political Science): 261–276. doi:10.2307/2149367. eISSN 1538-165X. ISSN 0032-3195. JSTOR 2149367. LCCN 07036315. OCLC 785797935. S2CID 154064823.
  6. ^ "UNDG Members". United Nations Development Group. Archived from the original on 11 May 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Alvaro Lario, global finance executive, takes helm at UN's International Fund for Agricultural Development". IFAD. 30 September 2022. Retrieved 17 December 2022.