Indonesia - IFAD President's visit - November 2022
Jakarta, 14 November - President Alvaro Lario of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), head of the United Nations rural development agency, met Indonesia’s Minister for Agriculture Syahrul Yasin Limpo today to deepen the successful partnership between the Republic of Indonesia and IFAD in securing decent lives and livelihoods for small-scale farmers.
The meeting builds on more than 40 years of mutual support and investment in rural areas. Since 1980, more than 3.9 million poor, remote and disadvantaged rural households have benefitted from IFAD's partnership with Indonesia. IFAD will continue to play a leading role in promoting productive, competitive and high-value small-scale agriculture and fisheries, and ensuring effective public investment in rural areas.
"Today, Indonesia’s small-scale farmers face multiple challenges including volatile food and fuel prices and the effects of climate change," Lario said. “We will continue to support Indonesia to help small-scale farmers to improve their resilience to shocks, by boosting agricultural productivity and tapping into new market opportunities,” he added. Minister Limpo responded, “We really appreciate IFAD's longstanding support to Indonesia so far. During our G20 Presidency, we raised our strong collaboration as one of the successful development cooperation models.”
While meeting the mangosteen farmers in Cigadok, Cisalak, Subang, West Java, President Lario was invited to plant a tree to mark his visit. Thanks to the new road being built with the support of IFAD, the farmers in the area will benefit from new market opportunities.
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