IFAD in Central and Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States
Overview of IFAD’s work in the region, June 2016
This document gives an overview of IFAD's work in the region.The total population of Central and Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent
States (CEN) is about 150 million, of whom more than half live in rural areas.
In the CEN countries for which data are available, approximately 2 per cent live on
less than USD 1.25 a day, while the rate exceeds 6 per cent in some Central Asian
nations. Since its establishment, IFAD has invested approximately USD 797 million
in 59 projects in 13 countries of the CEN region. IFAD’s work in this region focuses
mainly on: Promoting rural financial services; Establishing wider market linkages for rural smallholder producers through
improved value-chain management; Developing small and medium-sized enterprises; Enhancing the productivity of the livestock sector and introducing
community-based management of pasture resources; Improving management of natural resources and strengthening resilience to climate shocks.