Member States Interactive Platform New Feature

The Office of the Secretary of IFAD is pleased to announce the launch of a privacy policy feature on the Member States Interactive Platform (MSIP). This feature is designed to enhance communication with and among representatives.

As of 22 March, when accessing ‘My Area’ on MSIP for the first time, representatives will be invited to authorize the Office of the Secretary of IFAD to share their contact details with other representatives upon request. The following message will appear:

The Office of the Secretary of IFAD seeks your consent to be included in an IFAD Representatives’ mailing list. This mailing list would be maintained by the Office of the Secretary of IFAD and would be shared with Representatives upon request with the intention of facilitating communications among members.

Representatives will have the option to agree or disagree. Representatives may choose to change a preference at any given time, and as often as they wish, by clicking on the Privacy Policy Agreement tab in the ‘My Area’ page.

Highest consideration,

Office of the Secretary

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Guidance on the Payment of IFAD12 Replenishment Contributions

This note provides guidance to Member States that have announced their replenishment contributions to IFAD12, and wish to proceed with the payment of such contributions, or formalise the commitment to pay their contributions by depositing an instrument of contribution. 

To read this communication in all official languages, please click on the following hyperlinks: 

[Arabic] [English] [French] [Spanish]

Highest consideration,

Office of the Secretary

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Executive Management Committee updates

by Gilbert Houngbo

As you may be aware, two of our Associate Vice-Presidents (AVP) have announced their decision to leave IFAD. 

Marie Haga, the AVP, External Relations and Governance (ERG), whose experience and leadership were instrumental in IFAD’s twelfth replenishment, will be leaving us over the summer. Thanks to the work of Marie, her team and many IFAD staff and friends, IFAD has reached its highest replenishment target ever. Marie has communicated to me her difficulty and sadness in coming to the decision to leave IFAD, which is based primarily on her family situation made more challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, to be closer to home she decided to accept a recent job opportunity. She chose to wait until after the GC and the fourth replenishment (pledging session) meeting to share her decision with me to allow us to be fully focused on this important milestone for IFAD. I regret that Marie has decided to leave our organization but I am pleased that she will remain with us until 31 July.

At the beginning of the week, Meike Van Ginneken, AVP, Strategy and Knowledge Department (SKD), also informed me of her plans to leave IFAD in July. Since she joined us, I have appreciated Meike’s leadership and commitment to our mission as well as to SKD and corporate matters. I know that Meike’s decision to leave did not come easily for her. She expressed to me some of the challenges she felt she was facing and I sincerely appreciate the frank and open discussion we had before accepting her resignation.

Both Marie and Meike will continue to work with all of us for the next few months. During this period, I have full confidence that we will continue to work together to stay focused on the 2021 corporate and departmental priorities agreed during the latest EMC retreat. All measures will be put in place to ensure business continuity including, if necessary, ad interim arrangements.

Marie and Meike’s leadership will be missed by all of us, and I know for certain the EMC will greatly miss their strong contributions to its robust and candid deliberations.  Additionally, while these two departures set us back temporarily in our ambition to ensure gender parity in our leadership structure and across the house, let me restate that I remain entirely committed to ensuring diversity and gender balance in IFAD’s Leadership team, and indeed across the organization, as we embark on the recruitment process.  

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New Appointment Announcement

By Gilbert F. Houngbo

I am pleased to advise that Mr Indran Naidoo, a national of South Africa, has taken up his duties as Director of IFAD’s Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE), effective 1 March 2021. 

Indran is a globally experienced evaluation thought leader and manager who brings over 25 years of experience in the field. He has held several senior positions, most recently as the Director of the Independent Evaluation Office of UNDP (2012-2020), where he led the evaluation function to become one of the largest and most expansive evaluation programmes in the UN system. Prior to joining UNDP, Indran served as the Deputy Director-General of Monitoring and Evaluation at the Public Service Commission of South Africa, the country’s constitutional oversight body.

Indran holds a D. Phil (Evaluation) from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa and Master’s degree in Geography (Distinction) from West Virginia University, USA. He has published widely and made keynotes at most continental and global evaluation and development events.

Please join us in wishing Indran all the best in his new assignment at IFAD.

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Distinguished Representatives, 

Please click here to read a message on Group of Friends of the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 (GoFFSS): Invitation and save-the dates for new meetings of the GoFFSS in March and April 2021.  

Coffee Table Book Launch - The People Behind Your Plate

Distinguished Representatives,

Rural women and men are at the heart of our sustainable future. They are the foundation of the food systems that provide nutritious food for us all.

The people you will meet in this virtual coffee table book are all participants in IFAD projects, and come from some of the world’s most fragile and remote communities. Their stories are unique, but they will resonate because they speak of challenges we all share as we seek to build a more sustainable future for ourselves, our families and our world.

The book is organized around the “5 Ps” of people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnerships. The work that rural people do, including growing food and taking care of precious natural resources, is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda.

The Sustainable Development Goals outline 17 areas for eliminating poverty and hunger, protecting the planet, and promoting peace and prosperity. These priorities are fundamental to the transformation of rural areas. These stories show how IFAD is investing in rural people to support their efforts, knowledge and skills, as they help to solve some of the world’s most urgent challenges.

Browse the digital flip book here.

Distinguished Representatives, 

Please click below to read the invitation letter for the CFS Side Event: Transforming Agricultural Innovation for Climate, Nature and People – evidence insights for COP26 and the UN Food Systems Summit.

[English] [French] [Spanish

Distinguished Representatives, 

Please click below to read the letter from the President of IFAD on the Food Systems Summit Dialogues 

[Arabic] [English] [French] [Spanish]

Distinguished Governors,

Here is an update from the President to Member States regarding IFAD12 pledging. 

(Arabic) (English) (French) (Spanish)

Distinguished representatives,

The Food Systems Summit

Distinguished Representatives,

On behalf of The Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for The Food Systems Summit, please find the Information Note December 2020 here.

Distinguished Representatives,

IFAD becomes first United Nations fund to receive a credit rating, providing a boost to the world’s poorest people

Read the Standard & Poor's press release here

Read the Fitch press release here

Read the IFAD press release here [Arabic] [English] [French] [Spanish]

Distinguished Representatives,

Please find below a message from the Co-Conveners of the Rome based informal Group of Friends of the UN Food Systems Summit (GoFFSS)

GoFFSS Workshop "Action Track Days",   30 October to 05 November - Chairs´ Summaries

To the Permanent Representatives of the Rome based UN Agencies

Please find attached Chairs´ Summaries of the discussions on Action Tracks (AT) 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, held at the Group of Friends of the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 (GoFFSS) Workshop “Action Track Days” from 30 October to 05 November. In line with Chatham House Rules,  they summarize the discussions under each AT during the workshop without revealing the identity or the affiliation of the speakers, irrespective if  consensus was reached. The individual summary also does not highlight only one singular view expressed, but rather one that was raised  by several participants during the meeting and therefore had a certain feasible resonance in the group. The Chairs´ Summaries are produced under the responsibility of the individual Chairs of the respective AT-workshop discussion and are not subject to negotiation. However, if someone wishes to comment on a Chair´s Summary, we will be pleased to attach the comments to the Chair´s Summary as an annex. 

 Subsequently we will be sharing  the Chairs´ Summaries with the respective AT Chairs and Co-Coordinators of the Sub Groups of the Scientific Group as well as with the Special Envoy and the Chair of the Advisory Committee for their information.

Sincerely Yours

Hisham Badr, Alexandra Bugailiskis, Hans Hoogeveen, Benito Jimenez, Malik Melvin, Ulrich Seidenberger, Khalid Mehboob, Marie Haga

(Co-Conveners of the Rome based informal Group of Friends of the UN Food Systems Summit)

Chairs´ Summaries: Action Track 1, Action Track 2, Action Track 3, Action Track 4, Action Track 5

Food Systems Summit 2021

Distinguished Representatives,

Please click below for communications regarding the Food Systems Summit Dialogues.

Letter from the Deputy Secretary-General to Permanent Representatives of Member States to the United Nations Organizations in Rome, Letter from the Deputy Secretary-General to Permanent Missions in New YorkFood Systems Summit Dialogues Timeline, Outline of the Programme for Food Systems Summit Dialogues 

Food Systems Summit 2021

Distinguished Representatives,

Please click here to read the quarterly Information Note for the Food Systems Summit 2021

Distinguished Representatives,

IFAD becomes first United Nations fund to receive a credit rating, providing a boost to the world’s poorest people

Read the IFAD press release here [Arabic] [English] [French] [Spanish]

Read the Fitch press release here

Distinguished Representatives,

Spotlight on Rural Women – Key Leaders in Global Resilience. 

SAVE THE DATE: 15 OCTOBER 2020, 15.30-16.30 CEST

PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE EVENT.

COVID-19 Updates (September)

Highlights

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve globally, with varying levels of transmission in different regions of the world. While the potential for COVID-19 to adversely impact poor rural communities remains high, IFAD continues to work toward solutions that will ensure no one is left behind.

 Latest news:

 Sweden commits funds to IFAD to help avert COVID-19 food crisis

The Government of Sweden has generously donated SEK 50 million (approx. US$5.7 million) to IFAD’s Rural Poor Stimulus Facility, a rapid-response fund for COVID-19 relief. Thanks to donations like these, IFAD can help prevent food crises in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities in the wake of COVID-19. Read more.

A call for proposals to support post-COVID-19 food security and resilience through South-South and Triangular Cooperation launched on 28 August

The China-IFAD South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) Facility has launched a call for proposals for innovative solutions to help national governments respond to, and recover from, the impacts of COVID-19 on food security. The Facility is committed to supporting IFAD’s global response to COVID-19 by designating funds to support building back better, more resilient societies. Read more.

Mobile phones to help 1.7 million small-scale farmers increase production during COVID-19 economic slowdown

In partnership with Precision Agriculture for Development, a global not-for-profit organization co-founded by Nobel Prize−winning economist Michael Kremer, IFAD will deliver personalized agricultural advice to 1.7 million small-scale farmers across Kenya, Nigeria and Pakistan via mobile phone technology. This innovative undertaking is one of 11 proposals that have received initial funding under IFAD’s Rural Poor Stimulus FacilityRead more.

Other news:

Gradual Return to IFAD Headquarters Offices – Phase Three

On 24 August, IFAD’s Executive Management Committee agreed to begin the third phase of the gradual return to headquarters offices as of 14 September, based on a cautious and risk-averse approach to ensure the safety and health of all personnel.Phase 3 expects an increase of full-day on-site personnel from 130 to 150, with the potential for a maximum of 200 on-site personnel. Colleagues on-site will continue to be able to work in teams on a rotational basis.

Latest stories and blogs:

Holding on: IFAD-supported programme sustains assets – and rural livelihoods

When COVID-19 struck rural Pakistan, many participants in IFAD’s National Poverty Graduation Programme (NPGP) worried that they might have to sell off their livestock and other assets just to make ends meet. IFAD extended a hand through its new NPGP-Plus initiative, contributing extra income support that helped these participants keep their businesses running. Read more.

Podcast Episode 11 – Coping with COVID-19: Building Farmers’ Resilience

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues on, many people around the world, including small-scale farmers, are learning how to cope with its various effects. In this episode, we hear from representatives of IFAD-supported projects across the world that are helping farmers build their resilience. Read more.

Shining the development spotlight on youth

Youth around the world, especially those in rural areas, have long faced difficulties in finding gainful employment – and COVID-19 has only exacerbated these challenges. IFAD’s newly published Practitioner’s Guide for Mainstreaming Youth in IFAD Operations seeks to address these realities, laying out a framework for centering the needs of youth in IFAD’s work. Read more.

Indigenous youth in agriculture during COVID-19

The indigenous youth in Koraput, a rural district in the Indian state of Odisha, have managed to keep their work alive – and stay healthy – throughout the lockdown, thanks to the training and support they’ve received from IFAD’s Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility. Read more.

Bloomberg Green Festival

Please join us tomorrow -  Friday, 18 September 2020 - for a very special IFAD12 Spotlight live event and media broadcast at the virtual Bloomberg Green Festival.

The Bloomberg Green Festival looks to redefine the rapidly evolving climate agenda to provoke debate, spotlight solutions and optimize the most transformative solutions. The five-day festival will feature a mix of panels, presentations, fireside chats, and interactive elements. The audience includes a cross-section of companies, business leaders and young professionals focused on core issues of action in the climate era.

IFAD 12 special event: Feed the Future

IFAD and Global Citizen have teamed up with Bloomberg Green to host a special IFAD12 virtual event called Feed the Future which will look at the changing nature of food security in the context of climate change during the COVID-19 pandemic and will feature leading voices working at the forefront of environmental change and food security advocacy and action.

This is the first of many upcoming IFAD12 high visibility events and media opportunities this fall in which Member States can show their leadership and commitment to our mandate and IFAD12 replenishment.

Session Date: 18 September 2020

Time: 3 p.m. Rome. 9 am EDT

Our distinguished speakers include:

·    Gilbert Houngbo, President, IFAD

·    Aksel Jakobsen, State Secretary of International Development, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

·    Sabrina Elba, Actress, Model, and IFAD Goodwill Ambassador

·    Monika Froehler, CEO, Ban Ki-moon Centre

·    Moderator: Mick Sheldrick, Co-Founder and Chief Policy and Government Relations Officer, Global Citizen.

The session offers strong visibility for IFAD and our replenishment and will run globally on Bloomberg terminals, Bloomberg TV in the US, as well as the Bloomberg Live website and social platforms.

To watch live, please visit the Bloomberg Green and create an account here:

https://events.bloomberglive.com/bloomberg-green-festival

Other panel and event speakers include Bill Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ursula von der Leyen, President, European Commission, CEO Google, Governor Gina Raimondo, Governor, State of Rhode Island, Rostin Behnam, Commissioner, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Michael R. Bloomberg, Founder, Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and more.

Celebrities attending include Matt Damon, Ted Danson, Dr. Jane Goodall, Robert Redford and others. A full list of speakers and attendees can be found here.

Event website: https://events.bloomberglive.com/bloomberg-green-festival/home

We hope you will share this special event with your networks and tune in for what should be a vibrant and important discussion.

On social media please follow @IFAD and @BloombergLive and tweet with the hashtag (s) #BloombergGreen, #InvestinRuralPeople and #FundAgriculture

COVID-19 UPDATE

Distinguished Representatives,

Your attention is kindly drawn to the following COVID-19 update.

Please also visit the following link to see lessons learned as the COVID-19 crisis unfolds: https://www.ifad.org/en/web/knowledge/publication/asset/42023706

Food Systems Summit 2021 UPDATE

Please read the Follow Up to the High-Level-Meeting of the Rome based Membership informal Group of Friends for the UN Food Systems Summit ( GoFFSS) 2021 with the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General, Dr. Agnes Kalibata, on 14 July here.

Food Systems Summit 2021 UPDATE

Distinguished Representatives,

Your attention is kindly drawn to the following update:

An Information Note, a Summit Overview Presentation and a Summit Overview.

COVID-19 UPDATE

Distinguished Representatives,

Your attention is kindly drawn to the following COVID-19 update.

RBAs COVID-19 Responses - Webinar

Distinguished Representatives,

The three United Nations Rome-based agencies (RBAs) are pleased to invite you to a 2-day Lightning Talks event on Bridging Research and Policy Responses to COVID-19: Value Chain, Food Security, Women, Youth and Vulnerable Groups.

The second webinar will take place on 19 June 2020 at 5 p.m. (CEST).

View the recording of the 12 June 2020 event and read more about the 19 June 2020 event here.

UN Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech

Distinguished Representatives,

You are invited to read a letter from the President of IFAD to the United Nations Secretary-General informing of IFAD’s intention to contribute to the UN Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech. Please click here to read.

RBA Senior Consultative Group - Follow-up session on COVID-19

Distinguished Representatives,

Please click here to read this message.

COVID-19 UPDATE

Distinguished Representatives,

Your attention is kindly drawn to the following COVID-19 update: https://webapps.ifad.org/members/events/29/05/20/docs/COVID-19-Update-for-Member-States.pdf.

EVENT - IFAD and WEF - Protecting food security during COVID-19

29 May 2020, 19:00-20:00 CEST

On Friday, 29 May, the World Economic Forum (WEF) and IFAD will host a special event and online briefing on food security in times of COVID-19. The event will be led by the leadership from IFAD and the UN Goodwill Ambassadors for IFAD, Idris and Sabrina Dhowre Elba.

The event will take place at 13:00 New York Time/ 18:00 British Summer Time/ 19:00 Central European Summer Time this Friday, 29 May.

On Friday, view the event live on WEF's platform via this link: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/05/how-is-covid-19-affecting-food-security/ as well as on the IFAD event page here.

EVENT BACKGROUND

The COVID-19 pandemic could see more than a quarter of a billion people suffering from acute hunger by the end of the year, unless swift action is taken to ensure food supply chains keep running.

The arrival of the novel coronavirus has exacerbated what was already a huge global challenge. Before the pandemic, more than 820 million people were suffering from hunger, including 110 million who were living with acute food insecurity.

About 80 per cent of the world’s poorest and most food insecure people live in remote rural areas, many working in small-scale agriculture.

Restrictions on movement and trade mean that they cannot access markets, threatening both their lives and their livelihoods.

Concern is highest for those in countries across Africa and the Middle East as the virus threatens the agricultural and informal trading networks they rely on for survival.

 Panel:

·       Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development

·       Sean de Cleene, Head of Future of Food; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum​

·       Sara Mbago-Bhunu, Director of IFAD's East and Southern Africa Division

 Joined by:

·       Idris Elba, Actor, Humanitarian and IFAD Goodwill Ambassador

·       Sabrina Dhowre Elba, Actress, Model and IFAD Goodwill Ambassador

 Moderated by:

·       Adrian Monck, Managing Director, World Economic Forum

COVID-19: IFAD’s Response

Distinguished Representatives,

We are pleased to share with you a recent Op-Ed authored by Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Hailemariam Desalegn Boshe, former Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Both are IFAD Special Envoys engaged to mobilize support and advocate for greater investment in rural areas.

The Op-Ed may be viewed at the following links [English] and [French].

Highest consideration.

RBA Senior Consultative Group - Special session on COVID-19

Distinguished Representatives,

Please click here to read this message.

THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 AND IFAD’S RESPONSE

Distinguished Representatives,

Your attention is kindly drawn to the following documentation providing details on the impact of COVID-19 on IFAD’s beneficiaries and IFAD’s response. Please click here to read this message in the official languages of the Fund.

  • IFAD’s Strategic Response to COVID-19 Crisis - Contributing to the global response to COVID-19 [Arabic] [English] [French] [Spanish]
  • Preventing the COVID-19 crisis becoming a food crisis - IFAD’s Rural Poor Stimulus Facility (RPSF) [Arabic] [English] [French] [Spanish]

 Please click here to read this text in the official languages of the Fund.

 Highest consideration,

 Office of the Secretary of IFAD

Important communication on forthcoming meetings of IFAD’s governing bodies

Distinguished Representatives,

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, measures have been taken in close consultation with the List Convenors to ensure business continuity, while complying with the decrees issued by the Italian authorities and the guidelines of the World Health Organization.

Please be advised therefore that the upcoming formal and informal meetings of IFAD’s governing bodies will be conducted according to the modalities listed in the following hyperlinks: [Arabic] [English] [French] [Spanish].

Welcome to the IFAD Member States Interactive Platform

This Platform has been designed for the use of representatives of IFAD Member States.

The aim of this Platform is to facilitate the exchange of information and communications between the Fund and its representatives with respect to IFAD governing bodies meetings and other official events.

Through this web application, authorized representatives will be able to:

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