Investing in rural people

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Water for sustainable development, water for life

World Water Day 2015 marks the conclusion of an international decade for action on access to water, which supports sustainable development in agriculture, industry and beyond. IFAD is part of that global effort.

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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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Not so fair trade

IFAD's online video series presents new thinking on small-scale farming. The latest talk (in French) features Ndongo Samba Sylla, a Senegalese development economist and author of "The Fairtrade Scandal".

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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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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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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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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

Statement by IFAD President at the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) Statement by IFAD President at the International Women's Day 2015 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

Press releases

IFAD supports livestock marketing and climate resilience in Sudan New project to create vital employment opportunities for youth and women in Jordan IFAD-support better connects Indonesia's small farmers to markets United Nations agency head visits Ireland to discuss 'the cost of inaction' FAO and IFAD renew will to work together in Ghana

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30 March

Evaluation Committee – 87th session                       

1 April

AgTalks Third Session: Bridging the gap between smallholders and consumers

7 April

Audit Committee – 135th meeting                       

9 April

Convenors and Friends – 2nd meeting                       

Recent Video

Many Senegalese rely on expensive, imported food. But a simple idea of eating what you grow has changed the lives of 250,000 people. It has not only significantly reduced the hungry season, but it has also provided jobs for thousands of people.