Partnership to Promote Sustainable Sourcing

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and leading global consumer goods company Unilever have created a public-private partnership aimed at helping to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers around the world.

Partnership to Promote Sustainable Sourcing

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.


  • Unilever

    Goods Supplier
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    Unilever PLC is a British–Dutch multinational consumer goods company. Its products include foods, beverages, cleaning agents and personal care...

  • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

    Funding Agencies
    Italy | Staff size: 501-1000

    The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations, was established as an international financial institution in 1977 as one of the major...

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Key Information

  • Start Date 2014
  • End Date 2018
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