Investing in rural people



Empowering rural women to achieve food and nutrition security

As the 20th anniversary of the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women approaches, lFAD and its partners highlight the role of rural women in sustainably feeding the developing world.

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Spotlight on rural transformation

This year, IFAD's annual meeting of Member States emphasized critical issues on the post-2015 global development agenda, with a focus on investing in rural people for economic, social and cultural impact.

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Protecting rights, strengthening livelihoods

Two-day gathering in Rome urged action on preserving indigenous peoples' food systems – and ensuring their rights – to sustainably achieve food security and transform rural communities.

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Oxfam's Winnie Byanyima on the future of aid

The Executive Director of Oxfam International delivered the inaugural IFAD Lecture at the 38th session of the Governing Council, IFAD's annual meeting of Member States.

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Meeting the challenges of fragility and Ebola

The Ebola crisis has caused tremendous damage to rural people in Sierra Leone, but experience from IFAD-supported projects still holds out hope for hard-hit communities.

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Rural transformation

A key to sustainable development

What is rural transformation, and how can rural people achieve sustainable change that is social as well as economic? First in a series leading up to the IFAD Governing Council.

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In focus

'The Road to Dignity' after 2015

New UN report previews the broad outlines of the post-2015 global agenda, which include financing sustainable development and reaching rural people.

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Spotlight on climate and environment: West and Central Africa

This area is particularly vulnerable to climate change. Desertification has become more widespread and rainfall variability is projected to become more severe within this century.

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Speeches and statements

Keynote address by IFAD President at the Gulf Forum to Enhance Food Security and Support Small and Medium Scale Farmers Statement by Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of IFAD, to the Opening session of the Thirty-eighth Session of the Governing Council Remarks by IFAD President on the occasion of the Conferment of Honorary Doctorate of Science at The University of Warwick Lecture by IFAD President at the University of Warwick

Press releases

The world's largest donor signs declaration to support smallholder farmers with UN agency New project to improve incomes for poor people in rural Bangladesh First African Conference on Remittances and Postal Networks addresses cost of sending money UN agency to invest in climate change adaptation for smallholder farmers in Nepal

Job opportunities

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19 March

Executive Board Informal Seminar on Sovereign Borrowing Framework and Executive Board Informal Seminar on Country strategic opportunities programme for El Salvador

30 March

Evaluation Committee – 87th session                       

2 April

Audit Committee – 135th meeting                       

Recent Video

Potatoes originated in the Andes and the area boasts more than 4000 different varieties. But across Bolivia, a changing climate has put this staple food in danger.