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Unlocking the power of partnership

IFAD connects producers, the private sector, foundations, governments and other players in the agricultural and rural sectors so that everyone benefits.

Through strategic partnership, we invest in rural development and broker partnerships among the diverse parties working in development, and for South-South and triangular cooperation.

We also collaborate with a number of research institutions to promote innovation, and then bring this knowledge into the programmes and projects we support.

IFAD is continuously building relationships with a broad range of groups to ensure the greatest collective support reaches rural communities. These relationships are central for IFAD to deliver on its mission and achieve impact at scale and contribute as a partner to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Learn more about how to partner with IFAD and support our work below:

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Today, private sector investment is increasingly fuelling agricultural growth, opening up income-generating and employment opportunities for rural populations, and for smallholder farmers in particular. 


Foundations and philanthropic organizations around the world collaborate with IFAD because of our global reach with rural development projects in almost 100 countries worldwide. Through these partnerships, foundations capitalize on IFAD’s relations with governments and the close alignment of our strategies to national and local priorities. The flexibility of foundation support helps us explore new ideas and innovative development approaches, which can then be scaled up through our project portfolio.


IFAD has 177 Member States, and counting – more countries are joining every year because of our unique commitment to rural transformation and smallholder farmers.  For our member countries and bilateral donors, IFAD’s special mandate and ongoing projects in almost 100 countries offer a way to effectively deliver development finance and support to small farmers and rural communities. For our recipient members, IFAD is a trusted partner who brings expertise and technical knowledge to help strengthen the capacity of national partners and their institutions.

Multilateral organizations

IFAD partners with a wide range of multilateral organizations for knowledge generation and sharing, advocacy and engagement around inclusive pro-poor policies, and collaboration and cofinancing of investment projects. Our partners include multilateral development banks and international financial institutions, regional organizations, multilateral climate and environment funds, and other multilateral organizations.

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)

Working with civil society organizations and NGOs is key to IFAD’s work to reduce global poverty, as they are often able to reach segments of rural populations that governments neglect or do not target as priority. 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. IFAD also supports NGOs on regional and global initiatives relating to our advocacy and research initiatives.

Producer organizations

Producer organizations are important institutions that deliver services to their members and speak on their behalf. They’re key actors in social and policy dialogue at the local, national and international levels. IFAD involves rural producers and their organizations in the design and implementation of our strategies and projects. We also help broker innovative public-private-producer partnerships that bring producer organizations and private sector operators together to ensure public-private collaborations are also benefiting small producers.

Research and academic institutions

Research is critical to sustainable development. IFAD partners with a number of agricultural research institutions and academic institutions in order to share knowledge and strengthen food security. We also play a lead role in a number of networks and knowledge platforms that pioneer innovation in research for agricultural development and forge new collaborations to improve access to information, finance and risk analysis.  

United Nations agencies

IFAD is both a specialized United Nations agency and an international financial institution (IFI). This unique identity allows us to consistently deliver results on the ground and in the policy arena that benefit rural communities. IFAD has a special relationship with the two other Rome-based UN agencies – the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) – with which we share a common vision of reducing poverty and promoting food security through sustainable agriculture. The UN also has a number of programmes and funds with whom IFAD has formalized relations.