IFAD's strategy in Ethiopia
Since 1980, IFAD has invested a total of US$398 million in 16 programmes and projects in Ethiopia that have an overall cost of more than US$1 billion. IFAD has also provided US$28 million in debt relief to the country under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Debt Initiative.
IFAD's strategy in Ethiopia is well aligned with the government's GTP strategy. This approach focuses on supporting investment programmes with the greatest potential impact on sustainable household food security, and on the incomes of poor people. The IFAD strategy is to improve poor rural people's access to natural resources such as land and water, improve agriculture and livestock production technologies and support services, and develop reliable financial services. IFAD-supported projects particularly target women, small-scale farmers and herders.
IFAD has taken the lead role, together with its partners, in the development and expansion of rural finance, small-scale irrigation and support systems for pastoral communities. To provide increased support to these interventions efficiently and effectively, IFAD signed a host country agreement with the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in July 2010, and appointed an outposted Country Director and Representative with a fully-fledged country office in Addis Ababa. This country presence has enabled IFAD to strengthen engagement with the government, programmes, projects and development partners.