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Luxembourg's Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs Minister is appointed Chairperson of the Governing Council of IFAD

Published Thursday February 23 2012

On 22 and 23 February 2012, Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs Marie-Josée Jacobs participated in the 35th session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Rome.

The main objective of IFAD is to help destitute rural populations improve their food and nutritional security, to increase their revenues and to reinforce their resilience.

Appointed Chairperson of the Governing Council for two years, the Minister presided over the work of the highest governing body of IFAD.

In her opening statement, Marie-Josée Jacobs recalled that “the rural poor are confronted to permanent challenges, which strike the most vulnerable even harder and mire these populations in poverty and destitution”, underscoring that “climate change and its repercussions, malnutrition and food insecurity, depreciation of natural resources; all these major challenges are weakening the gains of development on a daily basis, requiring renewed and steadfast efforts.”

In this context, the Minister called for a new dynamics of investment in a productive and sustainable agriculture, for support to rural development and smallholder farmers, advocating an “agro-ecological development adapted to the climate, which would contribute to a lasting mitigation of the effects of climate change, all the while protecting the environment and biodiversity.”

The Minister also underlined the important role played by women in agriculture as “agents of change”.

Luxembourg supports the elaboration of common principles in favour of the economic well-being of the agricultural and nutrition sectors. The primary objective is to ensure a sustainable offer of healthy and nourishing foodstuffs in sufficient quantities for a world population that keeps growing, while respecting biodiversity