Investing in rural people

GC 2015


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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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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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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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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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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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 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 Statement by IFAD President at Chatham House - Food Security: Mapping Risks, Building Resilience, Stabilizing Supply

Press releases

UN agency to invest in climate change adaptation for smallholder farmers in Nepal Support for small-scale farmers settling on reclaimed land in Egypt aids agricultural productivity and incomes IFAD and the Republic of Indonesia sign historic host country agreement today IFAD supports climate-smart technologies in Georgia for food security Le Tchad reçoit du FIDA un don pour renforcer la sécurité alimentaire et améliorer la résilience des systèmes agricoles au changement climatique

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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.