UN Utilizing Financial Inclusion Programs to Fight Rural Poverty

Published on 16 December 2013

Ertharin Cousin of the World Food Program said that financial inclusion should not be seen as another aid program. “The goal is to create an opportunity where we begin a program that ultimately becomes a full agricultural value chain improvement that outlives WFP’s participation,” explained Cousin. With a population of more than 84 million people, and more than 80 percent of them living in rural areas, Ethiopia was chosen for a three-day work visit on financial inclusion by the three U.N. food agencies: the World Food Program, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

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