The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations, was established as an international financial institution in 1977 as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference.
It currently has 172 members. Its main task is to fund agricultural development projects with the aim of improving living conditions of people in poverty living in rural areas.
The Fund is replenished every three years. The Swiss contribution to the 9th IFAD replenishment (2013-2015) amounted to USD 28.5 million, and an additional contribution of CHF 10 million was made to the Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) for the same period.
Last modification 15.08.2018