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to overcome poverty

In focus

IFAD's engagement in Small Island Developing States

The UN General Assembly declared 2014 the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to raise awareness about the vulnerability of SIDS, their development challenges and their achievements in overcoming such challenges, and to celebrate their rich cultural heritages and diversity.

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Annual Report

IFAD's Annual Report 2013: A year's work in facts, figures and stories

The report gives a comprehensive overview of our operational, administrative and financial activities during 2013, together with complete financial statements. It also tells the stories of some of the people we've worked with – their challenges and their successes.

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In focus

2014 International Year of Family Farming: IFAD's commitment and call for action

The International Year of Family Farming recognizes the importance of family farming in reducing poverty, improving food security and achieving more sustainable approaches to agricultural and rural development.

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Investing in sustainable development in small island states

As the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States prepares to convene, IFAD projects aim to go the last mile in addressing the unique needs and vulnerabilities of island nations.

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Viewpoint: The human face of development

As the gap between rich and poor continues to grow in developing countries, increasing investment in rural people is crucial if we are to eradicate hunger and poverty, explains IFAD's President.

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Spotlight on climate and environment: Near East and North Africa

Get a glimpse into the approaches supported by IFAD that address climate change in the Near East and North Africa region with up to date research, interactive maps, blogs and videos.

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Speeches and statements

Statement by IFAD President at the Asia-Pacific Conference on Family Farming: Women as key agents for rural development Statement by IFAD President at the Asia-Pacific Conference on Family Farming Plenary session: Zero Hunger Challenge Statement by IFAD President at the Trust for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences (TAAS): Foundation day lecture Statement on the U.S.-African Leaders Summit: 'Investing in the next generation'

Press releases

IFAD President to meet head of state and ministers in The Gambia to discuss investments in smallholder agriculture, women and youth TAAS hosts IFAD President for Foundation Day lecture on research for sustainable agriculture development IFAD President coming to India to meet Union Ministers and discuss ongoing partnerships in support of sustainable agriculture and women’s empowerment

Job opportunities

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9 August:

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples


1-4 September:

Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States

4 September:

133rd session of the Audit Committee


8 September:

EB Informal Seminar on "Code of conduct for Executive Board Representatives"


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Recent Video

Cicia island in Fiji is pristine and the elders intend to keep it that way. Last year they declared Cicia an organic island and they believe organics is the key to a healthy and prosperous future for the next generation. But the islanders cannot make money from organics without being officially certified and external certification is far too expensive for them. But now through an innovative system, they are certifying themselves.