Exchange of Letters concerning the establishment of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)’s Liaison Office in Japan
- On February 3 (same day local time), H.E. Mr. OE Hiroshi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Italy, and H.E. Mr. Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of IFAD, exchanged letters in Rome concerning the establishment of the IFAD’s Liaison Office in Japan.
- The IFAD’s Liaison office in Japan is going to be established to raise awareness of the importance of investing in small-scale farmers to reduce hunger and poverty in developing countries, and will be its 4th Liaison office in the world.
- IFAD is an important partner of Japan in tackling challenging issues such as food insecurity, malnutrition and poverty in rural areas. It is expected that the establishment of the IFAD’s Liaison Office in Japan will further promote close cooperation between Japan and IFAD, and accelerate activities to achieve the SDGs, including the eradication of poverty and hunger.
IFAD was established as a specialized United Nations agency in 1977 and its headquarter locates in Rome. It has 177 Member States (Japan is an original member since 1977). IFAD promotes and supports sustainable agricultural development through loans and grants to developing countries, mainly in Africa and Asia.