The President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Mr Gilbert Houngbo has arrived in the country as part of the organisation’s efforts to affirm its partnership and commitment to reducing rural poverty in the country.

Mr Houngbo, who is on a three-day visit, landed at the Robert Mugabe International Airport this Sunday and was welcomed by the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement, Retired Air Chief Marshal Perrance Shiri and United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator in Zimbabwe, Mr Bishow Parajuli.

Mr Houngbo is expected to meet President Emmerson Mnangagwa and other top government officials to discuss investments to improve food security and nutrition, provide employment opportunities for rural youth and reduce poverty.

According to his itinerary, Mr Houngbo will also hold discussions with the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Professor Mthuli Ncube and Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) Governor, Dr John Mangudya.