Fund strengthens livelihoods of rural inhabitants
From OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos , Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – DEVELOPING projects supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have been effective in improving the livelihoods of rural poor people and strengthening their food production systems in a number of impoverished and remote communities.
This is according to findings presented in Abuja by the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD.
The main objectives of the evaluation were to assess the results and performance of the IFAD-Government partnership in reducing rural poverty and to generate findings and recommendations for the future partnership
between IFAD and Nigeria.
The evaluation found that the programme targeted poverty reasonably well.
During the period covered by the evaluation, 2009-2015, IFAD-funded operations focused on the poorest states in the country, and have effectively provided support to poorer northern states.
“The evaluation has allowed us to reflect on the impact of our work in areas such as community-driven development,” said Ides de Willebois, Director of IFAD’s West and Central Africa Division.
“IFAD’s support in community-driven development activities has been particularly successful, especially with community development associations, linked to local government authorities and that continue to function after the project completion.”
IFAD-supported programmes reached 9,2 million people out of the 14,2 million targeted in Nigeria.
– CAJ News
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