Working with civil society organizations and NGOs is key to IFAD’s work to reduce global poverty.
We partner with NGOs in a number of ways. At the local level, projects and programmes supported by IFAD often leverage the experience of NGOs and their local knowledge for project implementation. Local NGOs are often able to reach segments of rural populations that government agencies neglect or do not target as a priority.
IFAD also supports NGOs on regional and global advocacy and research initiatives and aims to provide civil society partners with a platform to advocate for poor rural people.
Some examples of IFAD's partnerships with NGOs include working with:
Despite the African continent holding the world’s most arable land and the agricultural sector employing over half of the population, Africa is still struggling with food production and food insecurity.
Heifer International and the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) have agreed to seek opportunities to collaborate on market-driven development, climate-smart agriculture, access to finance and several other areas involving smallholder farmers.
Farm Radio International’s On Air Dialogues gathered the perspectives and experiences of rural people in Ethiopia and Burkina Faso as they contend with climate change. People responded to poll questions and left voice messages sharing their opinions on and experiences of climate change and what global leaders should do to help them adapt and prosper.
In partnership with six radio stations in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Tanzania, and Uganda, Farm Radio International asked small-scale farmers, vendors, processors, marketers, and others how the food system should be changed to meet their needs and the needs of their communities.