The world entered 2021 on a precipice. It was time to come together and fix the systems that were failing. See how IFAD charted a new path to help build the resilience of the world’s most vulnerable people. Read how we are transforming food systems—with and for rural people. Meet the people we work with every day and learn how our work is affecting their communities.

The world entered 2021 in a state of deep uncertainty. Time was running out to keep the global temperature increase to less than 2°C, hunger was on the rise and SDG 2 seemed further out of reach than ever. And we were still reeling from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rural people are the first to feel the effects of all these issues and they must be central to the solutions. 2021 was a year when this reality finally gained more widespread attention and traction on the global stage. It was a year when rural people, the resilience of rural communities – and the specific role of IFAD – became central to the global agenda like never before. With this in mind, IFAD continues to take action to scale up our work in building the resilience of rural people’s livelihoods across the world.



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Maurizio Navarra


Maurizio Navarra

Secretariat Coordinator, IFAD