Updated: Mar 25, 2021
Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) has pledged funds to help avert a potential food crisis in some of the world’s most vulnerable rural communities in the wake of COVID-19. This was announced by the United Nation’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on 3 September.
Gilbert F. Houngbo, president of IFAD, says an amount of SEK 50 million (approximately US$5.7 million) will be committed to IFAD’s Rural Poor Stimulus Facility, launched in April, by Idris and Sabrina Elba, IFAD goodwill ambassadors. Houngbo says the facility is supporting small-scale farmers and rural producers to continue to grow and sell food despite COVID-19 restrictions in movement and trade by providing timely access to agricultural inputs, information, markets and liquidity. “We would like to thank Sweden for its commitment to achieving a world without poverty and hunger. The funds will assist rural producers, particularly women, to continue making food available to the markets ensuring the COVID-19 pandemic does not escalate into a lingering food crisis,” he says.
Carin Jämtin, director-general at SIDA, says in the midst of the pandemic we need to support sustainable food production to reduce poverty and achieve zero hunger by 2030 with small-scale farmers in the frontline needing assistance now. She says Sweden also co