“Africa is at the center of our action,” says IFAD economist

Africa is at the center of our interest and our work.” Paolo Silveri‘s statement, leading regional economist at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for Latin America and the Caribbean, demonstrates the importance of the African continent to the actions of the UN agency, which supports agriculture in developing countries.

In an interview with ATLANTICO, Silveri points out the institution’s role in promoting triangular cooperation and the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. According to him, since last year, IFAD has also started to cooperate with private companies, provided they have social responsibility.

Among the examples of cooperation, Silveri also points to the Marketplace platform from Embrapa (Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation), which seeks to develop research projects for development alongside governments and partner companies.

The interview was conceived during the Brazil Africa Forum 2019, which took place in São Paulo in November. During the event, IFAD promoted the side event “The Power of South-South and Triangular Cooperation in Ensuring Sustainable Food Security”.

With the collaboration of Wandiswa Ntengento