A woman works on a farm in Kenya. Photo by: CIAT / CC BY-SA

The food crisis in the Horn of Africa in 2011 illustrates the importance of finding sustainable solutions to feeding the world’s poor.

One relatively small United Nations agency is working hard to position itself as a leader in this field. The International Fund for Agricultural Development was established in 1977 in response to a series of food crises. It aims to improve access of poor rural women and men in the developing world to land and water, agricultural technologies and production services, as well as transparent and competitive markets.

About the author

  • Elena L. Pasquini

    Elena Pasquini covers the development work of the European Union as well as various U.N. food and agricultural agencies for Devex News. Based in Rome, she also reports on Italy's aid reforms and attends the European Development Days and other events across Europe. She has interviewed top international development officials, including European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs. Elena has contributed to Italian and international magazines, newspapers and news portals since 1995.