We believe that a continued emphasis on the economic integration of small and medium-sized enterprises – particularly those providing income for rural women and youth – is crucial for increased growth and prosperity in developing countries.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency focusing on smallholder agriculture and rural development. For more than 40 years, IFAD has invested in the rural poor through agricultural development projects aimed at contributing to inclusive and sustainable rural transformation. Today, IFAD’s lending and non-lending activities are under way in roughly 100 countries – an investment of about $6 billion on the ground. By promoting the exchange of knowledge and expertise among various clients from fragile states, middle-income countries and low-income countries, IFAD can leverage its resources to help more people.