In 1988, the International Fund for Agricultural Development was the U.N.’s newest specialized agency. Created by the World Fund Conference, it has a strategy based on a new perception of the causes of hunger. This theory sees starvation and malnutrition as resulting not just from lack of food, but essentially, from poverty - poverty so dire that food can neither be purchased nor produced. Even the world’s poorest farmers and fishermen know how to farm and fish. What they lack is the means to do so effectively. Even a little money can trigger an economic chain-reaction with far-reaching effects. This is what the I.F.A.D. hopes to accomplish with projects built around people, their skills, and their aspirations.