of people living in
poverty are from
rural areas1

Over 500 million marginalized people live in rural areas.
They are the smallholder farmers, fishermen, pastoralists,
indigenous peoples and forest-dependent communities.
Every day, they rely on minimal resources to survive.

1 in 6 school children

in Africa will leave school before Grade 2.2

28% of children

under five years of age in Asia are stunted due to poor nutrition.3


of girls in Sub-Saharan Africa did not enroll in secondary education due to

poverty, gender-based violence and discrimination, and child marriage.4

Let’s break the cycle of poverty

We envision a world of equality, justice and peace.

Although disadvantaged, rural communities have the potential for self-development and dignity. Given the right opportunity, we believe that they possess the power to solve their problems.

15 million lives were improved in 46 countries 

Anti-Poverty Programs Implemented

We support rural communities by implementing anti-poverty programs on education, health, environment, food security and climate change adaptation.

Partnerships and Collaboration

300+ organizations worked with us to support rural communities and find solutions that will end poverty in those communities.

4 million young children

fed through our nutrition programs

89% of your contributions

used to directly deliver our programs globally

60 years of leading innovation

in rural development within  communities

Climate Smart Village Project

The CSV initiative supports a number of IIRR’s priorities and working themes. Our integrated 5-pronged approach empowers smallholder farmers to improve their livelihoods, lift themselves out of poverty, and be pioneers in the global fight against climate change.

Empowering communities to end poverty

Together with communities and our development partners, we focus on what works in the field. We conduct action research, generate and share knowledge, and implement field programs that improve and uplift the lives of impoverished people in rural communities.


2019 IIRR Annual Report

Developing practical and sustainable solutions to end rural poverty.

Download your copy of the 2019 Annual Impact report