Speaking today at a pledging event for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Minister of State for Overseas Development Aid and the Diaspora, Colm Brophy, T.D., announced €12.5 million in Irish Aid funding over the period to 2024 in support of IFAD’s work with farmers to improve food systems for rural communities in developing countries.
Minister Brophy said:
“Farmers in developing countries face unprecedented challenges in 2021. Climate change creates new uncertainties, exposing farmers to more frequent extreme weather events. COVID-19 and associated restrictions have played havoc with agricultural markets. Conflict continues to disrupt food systems and, sadly, is making too many millions hungry.
I look forward to IFAD using Irish support to build on its strong track record addressing the impact of climate change on rural communities, in ensuring that women farmers benefit as much as men, and importantly delivering sustainable food system solutions for people in developing countries.”