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EU and the IFAD sign a partnership to improve sustainable agriculture

Commissioner Andris Piebalgs and the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo F. Nwanze, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to further strengthen their cooperation on agriculture. The aim is to address challenges in sustainable agriculture and food and nutrition security, in order to reduce poverty in rural communities in developing countries.

Commissioner Andris Piebalgs and the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo F. Nwanze, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to further strengthen their cooperation on agriculture. The aim is to address challenges in sustainable agriculture and food and nutrition security, in order to reduce poverty in rural communities in developing countries. Priorities lie in developing technologies for sustainable agricultural intensification (i.e. increasing production by using resources more efficiently) and promoting innovative rural financing mechanisms (like private-public funding facilities) that primarily benefit women and men smallholder farmers. Other focus areas are providing assistance for small farmers to adapt to climate change and securing equitable access to land.

Commissioner Piebalgs stated: "With the need to double food production by 2025, the world is facing a tremendous challenge to which we can only respond by investing properly in agriculture. Agriculture is also key to inclusive growth, as we have said in our Agenda for Change. I am therefore delighted that we will work as partners on this. Joining forces will enable us to better achieve sustainable small scale agriculture and build resilience in developing countries."
Read the full press release: http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/12/1065&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

Video and photos of the signature are available here: http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/video/player.cfm?sitelang=fr&ref=88466

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