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8 May 2020

Farmers on the frontline – building resilience in a post-Coronavirus world

Photo: Ryan Brown (UN Women) / Flickr

COVID-19 is already having adverse impacts on rural people, who are particularly vulnerable in terms of the spread of the virus itself and the knock-on economic effects.

By supporting rural people’s production and marketing activities and ensuring crisis-resilient support services are available, IFAD enables them to maintain their business and livelihoods during and after the crisis. This will build rural people’s resilience to the effects of the crisis, prevent them from backsliding into poverty, and protect the positive impacts previously achieved in IFAD projects.

During this event, a panel composed of IFAD partners and experts from South America, Africa and Asia will discuss the importance of supporting rural people’s production and marketing services, and ensuring crisis-resilient support services. The panel discussion will be webcasted and open to Member States representatives, partners and the media.

This online event will discuss:

  • The impacts of COVID-19 on rural communities and small scale agriculture in developing countries
  • How they have already benefitted from IFAD’s resilience-building
  • How IFAD is providing response and recovery efforts

The audience will have the possibility to follow the conversation and ask questions on Twitter with the hashtag #IFADpostCOVID19.


Paul Winters, Associate vice-president of the Strategy and knowledge department, IFAD

Sara Mbago-Bhunu, Director East and Southern Africa division, IFAD

Margarita Astralaga, Director Environment, climate, gender and social inclusion division, IFAD

Rossana Polastri, Director Latin America and the Caribbean divion, IFAD


Watch the event here!


From 8 May 2020 at 15:00 to 8 May 2020 at 16:00