Member states of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will gather next week to appoint the Fund’s new President.
The appointment will take place during IFAD’s 40th Governing Council meeting held 14 and 15 February at the organization’s Rome headquarters. The President is IFAD’s most senior position with responsibility for leading the organization which is both a United Nations specialized agency and International Financial Institution.
The next IFAD President will take up the helm at a time when boosting investments in smallholder agriculture will be essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of ending poverty and hunger. Indeed, in a rapidly changing world with growing demand for food, increased migration to cities and the impact of climate change and environmental degradation, IFAD investments in rural areas of developing countries have never been as relevant and important.