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IFAD Annual Report Documents Investments in Adaptation and Gender

July 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has released its 2012 Annual Report, which describes the achievements of its programme of work through 240 projects in 94 countries, as well as its new strategic framework for 2011-2015.

IFAD's key figures document the milestones and indicators towards sustainable rural development, including its programming and project costs of over $2 billion in 2011. In describing the IFAD Strategic Framework, it notes IFAD's role in building resilience to climate change, helping farmers access services, creating on and off farm economic opportunities, and influencing policies and institutions that govern livelihoods.

The report highlights the efforts of IFAD to: support the empowerment of poor rural women; work with young rural people; increase rural financial services and weather insurance; and address climate change. It also describes advances in supporting biodiversity, improving food and nutrition security; and addressing land tenure and responsible investment in agriculture and remittances.

The Programme of Work outlines regional efforts with examples from Africa, Asia/Pacific, the Near East/North Africa/ Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The Annual Report also outlines partnerships with the Belgian Fund for Food Security, the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the International Land Coalition, the Rome-based UN Food Agencies, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), multilateral development banks, the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and others. [Publication: IFAD 2011 Annual Report]