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Ashwani K Muthoo - ILAS Grand Challenges lecture

Ashwani K Muthoo



The role of multilateral development organisations in promoting sustainable and inclusive rural transformation with specific reference to the work of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and its contribution to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Wednesday 6th April 2022 6.00 - 7.00pm
Keele Hall Ballroom and Online via Microsoft Teams

The latest in a series of 'Grand Challenges' lectures from the Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences.



Detailed Description


The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is a Specialised Agency of the United Nations and an International Financial Institution. Broadly speaking, by providing concessional loans and grants for development projects and programmes,  IFAD’s mandate is to assist poor rural people improve their food security, nutritional levels and incomes for better livelihoods. As a multilateral development organisation, IFAD plays an important role in social and economic transformation in developing countries, and its work spans all geographic regions.

This lecture by Ashwani Muthoo will specifically highlight the opportunities and challenges of how smallholder agriculture and rural development is critical for meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. He will touch upon themes such as climate change, promotion of gender equality, improvements in agricultural production and productivity, access to markets, private sector development, and related topics. He will also underline the importance of ex-ante quality assurance and evaluations of policies, strategies and operations for enhanced results and sustainability of benefits. 


Ashwani K. Muthoo is the Director of the Quality Assurance Group in the Office of the President and Vice President at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

He has around 30 years of professional and managerial experience, focusing on global policies, country strategies, development projects and programmes, evaluation, and issues in the agricultural and rural sectors. His work experience covers more than 50 developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Near East and North Africa regions.

He was previously Director of the Global Engagement and Multilateral Relations Division and Director of the Global Engagement, Knowledge and Strategy Division. In these roles, an important part of his responsibilities included South-South and Triangular Cooperation work. He also served as Deputy Director in the Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE) of IFAD.

Ashwani Muthoo has a Master's degree in Data Engineering and a Bachelors with Honors in Management and Computer Science, from Keele University. He is fluent in English, Hindi, Italian, and Portuguese, and has some knowledge of French and Spanish.

This lecture is free and all are welcome to attend. 

If you would like to attend, please register by no later than 5.00pm on the day of the lecture.  If you are joining us on line, instructions with further information will follow ahead of the lecture.

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