Conference organized by the international community in response to the persistence of widespread hunger and malnutrition in the world. The conference recognized that hunger and food insecurity should not be associated solely with shortfalls in food production and supply at national or international levels. Rather, they should be understood as products of deep-seated structural problems associated with underdevelopment and poverty, especially as these affect rural poor people. IFAD approved its first loan for a project in 1978. Mandate Thus the Fund’s mandate – to combat hunger and rural poverty in developing countries, especiall
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