Investing in Rural People in India IFAD in India (May 2017)
IFAD has been working in India for more than 30 years. The current country strategic opportunities programme is fully aligned with the government’s policy framework. IFAD is working at the grass-roots level, targeting activities to the poorest and most vulnerable groups. These include marginal farmers, women, youth, the landless, tribal communities and scheduled castes. Over the years, IFAD and the Government of India have achieved significant results investing in the commercialization of smallholder agriculture and building small farmers’ capacity to increase incomes from market opportunities. Projects facilitate innovative partnerships between farmers and private-sector companies. These partnerships include multinational companies and corporations, including Tata, Tesco, Unilever, East-West Seed, FieldFresh and ITC as well as collaboration with international trade initiatives such as the Better Cotton Initiative. This approach has led to high-value and high-quality products being exported from India to markets elsewhere.