The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has sanctioned a loan of $30.17 million to India to empower rural women and reduce poverty in the Mid-Gangetic plains.  The total cost of the Women’s Empowerment and Livelihoods Program in the plains stand at $52.47 million. The Mid-Gangetic Plains constitute India’s largest pocket of poverty in terms of population. The rural economy suffers from acute population pressure, low crop productivity and inequitable land tenure.  Women from an estimated 108,000 poor rural households will be targeted. The program is expected to mobilize more than 6,000 self-help groups, thereby empowering the target groups through their own institutions. Read more at http://www.indiajournal.com/pages/event.php?id=5540