IFAD in Tonga
Since 1983 IFAD has supported 4 projects in Tonga with loans for a total of US$9.3 million. Tonga has also been included in a regional grant programme for the Pacific Island Countries.
IFAD's strategy in Tonga
IFAD's first projects in Tonga were credit schemes operating through the Tonga Development Bank. The Outer Islands Credit Project marked a shift in focus to the more disadvantaged outer islands of the country. IFAD supports the Government of Tonga in its efforts to lessen the disparities between the outer and the main islands by developing agricultural and marine resources. All three closed projects have demonstrated that micro-credit can significantly improve the living standards of the rural poor.
Since 2003 Tonga has been included in an IFAD subregional strategy that introduces development innovations in selected poor rural communities throughout the Pacific Island countries. These include parts of Melanesian countries and the remote outer islands of Polynesian and Micronesian countries, all of which show increasing hardship for rural poor people. The development of agriculture and rural sectors in the outer islands has become a cornerstone of IFAD's strategy in Pacific Islands Countries.