Agriculture is an important part of sustainable development. In many places, unsustainable agricultural practices, climate change and increasing population pressure have all contributed to severe environmental degradation, poverty and hunger. But the knowledge and technology exist to tackle these issues.

Rio+20
is an opportunity to change food and agriculture systems so that poor smallholders in developing countries can be included. IFAD will continue working before, during and after Rio+20, to promote the role that sustainable smallholder agriculture plays in increasing global food security and protecting the environment. Join us in shaping the future we want.

 


Aiming for a food secure future: think global, act local

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, 19 June 2012 - Enhancing food security will take both global vision and local action. Strategy and implementation must be linked in order to obtain the Rio vision of food security. At an event held in Rio de Janeiro in June, The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the Word Food Programme and Bioversity International engaged with stakeholders in a focused dialogue to identify pathways that lead to a food secure future.

The main objectives of the event, held on the sidelines of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development - Rio+20, were to discuss about concrete actions for fighting hunger and malnutrition and strategies to reduce poverty and enhance the resilience and sustainability of production systems.

Participants at the event affirmed that there cannot be sustainable development without bold actions to achieve food and nutrition security, and agriculture and food systems that lift smallholder farmers and vulnerable communities out of poverty and preserve the natural resource base.

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Guiding principles

IFAD's 10 principles to enable poor rural people to escape from and remain out of poverty through more productive and resilient livelihoods and ecosystems.
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Tool

Best practice statements for IFAD supported loans and grants.
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Video

World Day to Combat Desertification: ‘We can all make a difference’
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Joint opinion article

Food security must be on the table at Rio+20
Joint opinion article by the heads of FAO, IFAD, WFP and Bioversity
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Joint statement

FAO, IFAD and WFP call upon G20 to redouble efforts to fight hunger

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Joint statement

No sustainable development without eradication of hunger and extreme poverty
Statement on Rio +20 from Bioversity International, FAO, IFAD and WFP
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Case study

La Communication Participative pour le Développement de l’agroforesterie dans le Sahel Ouest Africain
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Press release

Smallholders anchor sustainable development at Rio+20
IFAD President: Let’s not wait another 20 years to focus on small farmers .
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Hungry Planet 16: RIO+20 Special Report
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Webcast event

What does a changing climate mean for how we support smallholder agriculture
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Article

World Environment Day 2012: Rising to the challenge of sustainability
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Webcast event

Platform Dialogue - Food security and climate change
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Interview

The World Must Learn From Smallholder Farmers
As Africa's Sahel region faces a new food crisis, smallholder famers hold the key to making future development policies sustainable.
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Blog

Climate Conversations - Green value chains transform vulnerable farmers into entrepreneurs
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Blog

How to save Bangladesh?
An interview with Thomas Rath, IFAD Country Programme Manager for Bangladesh.
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Brazil: From Coal to Crops
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Hungry Planet: Rio+20 Special Report
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Blog

IFAD supports reframing of rural poverty for Rio+20

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Empowering Indigenous Peoples’ Voices at Rio+20
On April 2012, IFAD approved a grant to support Indigenous peoples’ (IPs) full and effective participation in the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).
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Empowering the sheep and goat farmers of Lesotho and providing them with a more certain future Video

Agriculture and poor rural farmers in heart of Rio +20 agenda
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Case study

Payment for environmental services in Asia and Africa
Recent work in Africa tested innovative techniques for promoting PES through negotiated environmental service contracts with poor communities...
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Growing rural businesses in the Republic of Moldova Press release

"Food shortage more serious than financial crisis" says Italy's Riccardi
Andrea Riccardi, Italian Minister for International Cooperation and Integration Policies, said that food security remains a top priority on the world agenda.
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