In August 2010, IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze visited the small community of Laguna Iztacoba in Guatemala's Las Verapaces region. A dirt road of just 200 meters separated this community from the outside world... and from new opportunities. Now with funds from IFAD, the community has a new road... and a new outlook on life.
IFAD's relationship with the Guatemalan government goes back 30 years. Since 1986, the organization has provided US$131 million in loans for 9 projects at a total cost of US$272 million. During this weekend's Governing Council at IFAD's headquarters, Guatemalan Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food, Juan Alfonso de León García, will come to Rome to share his thoughts, reflections and dreams for rural poverty reduction in Guatemala and the world over... New opportunities are truly just a few steps away.