Q&A: IFAD's new president on improving life in rural and agricultural areas

People-centered development, women's empowerment, decentralization and empowering the private sector will be key priorities when Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo takes the helm of the International Fund for Agricultural Development in April. Devex speaks with the incoming leader about his philosophy and goals.

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  • Jennifer Ehidiamen

    Jennifer Ehidiamen is a Nigerian writer who is passionate about communications and journalism. She has worked as a reporter and communications consultant for different organizations in Nigeria and overseas. She has an undergraduate degree in mass communication from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, and M.A. in business and economics from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York. In 2014, she founded Rural Reporters (www.ruralreporters.com) with the goal of amplifying underreported news and issues affecting rural communities.