The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Unilever are working together on a new public-private partnership. The 5 year global agreement – the first of its kind by IFAD with the private sector – seeks to improve food security through: raising agricultural productivity; linking farmers to markets; reducing risk and vulnerability; improving non-farm rural employment; and making agriculture more sustainable. Scoping exercises have already begun looking at ways to leverage IFAD’s knowledge and expertise in working with small-scale farmers and rural enterprises with Unilever’s ability to integrate farmers into markets and its expertise in sustainable agriculture. These have included a joint field mission to review an IFAD-supported project in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, Western India in January 2014, focused on spices and onions. Both IFAD and Unilever have similar geographic footprints and countries– like China, India and Indonesia - that are key to development and growth. Both organizations are guided by similar principles and shared aims and commitments to improving livelihoods of smallholder farmers and eradicating poverty.