Enabling poor rural people
to overcome poverty



Seeking proposals and planning for the Indigenous Peoples Forum

IFAD seeks proposals for grant-funded projects designed to empower indigenous peoples, even as it counts down to the second global meeting of the Indigenous Peoples Forum.

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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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recipes for change


Launch of the Recipes for Change campaign

IFAD kicks off a drive to raise awareness and spark action on the impact of climate change on staple crops and food security in developing countries.

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Ethiopia: Land regeneration project shows promising results

An ongoing project supported by IFAD in north-west Ethiopia shows signs of positively addressing the degradation caused by over-grazing of livestock on communal lands.

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World AIDS Day

Building resilience in rural areas affected by HIV/AIDS

While millions unite across the globe on World AIDS Day to support those living with the virus, the cost of HIV/AIDS is counted in human lives and potential in rural areas of the developing world.

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Somalia gender

Story from the field

Somalia: Changing gender roles bring new opportunities

Long plagued by conflict, drought and instability, Somalia's Somaliland region is opening up opportunities for rural women and men to revitalise their communities through gender empowerment.

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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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In focus

Reaching the poorest through household mentoring

It is a challenge to reach the poorest of the rural poor because their needs are so great and they are often illiterate and isolated. In Uganda, IFAD is working with the government on a methodology to bridge the gap.

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Speeches and statements

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 Statement by IFAD President at Chatham House - Food Security: Mapping Risks, Building Resilience, Stabilizing Supply Statement by IFAD President a the Launch of A Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa

Press releases

From farmers to entrepreneurs: Changing our mindsets Government of the United Republic of Tanzania and IFAD meet to discuss evaluation of IFAD's country programme IFAD Member States renew commitment to the billions of rural people in developing countries IFAD and ADB strengthen partnership to transform rural areas in Asia and the Pacific El Ecuador: El FIDA colaborará con el gobierno en diversificar la economía rural Increasing food security by building on successful rural development investments in Bangladesh

Job opportunities

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4 February 2015

Convenors and Friends – 1st meeting

16-17 February 2015

Governing Council – 38th session

Recent Video

Small-scale farmers are the life blood of the world's food cultures and by sending the unique foods they produce into outer space, Chef Stefano Polato amplifies their importance. Working with ArgoTech aerospace engineering, he produces the special meals known as bonus foods that European astronauts like Italy's Samantha Cristoforetti can take aboard the space station.