Enabling poor rural people
to overcome poverty



Fiji: Under the Sleeping Giant

A group of twenty young Fijian farmers dream of earning enough money to support their siblings. Their plan? To farm papaya organically and to access the premium price that the organic market pays. But they can only do this if their product is certified organic. With the prohibitively high cost of third party organic certification, they are trying something new. These farmers are certifying themselves.

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Eating small fish reduces malnutrition in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, an estimated 20 million people are deficient in essential vitamins and minerals. A new video details an IFAD-supported initiative to introduce the consumption of small fish – which are high in micronutrients – into thousands of Bangladeshi households.

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Papua: Woman Power

A small idea originating in one of the world's most isolated places could help empower women across Indonesia.

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Nepal: Sunita Weaves

Helping women like Sunita Thapa Margar start their own micro enterprises and gain economic independence is changing attitudes and reducing poverty in Nepal.

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In the words of family farmers: Ethiopia

2014 is the UN's International Year of Family Farming and in this video series, family farmers share their challenges and successes in their own words. 76% of the world's poorest people live in rural areas of developing countries. Many, like Boru Gudo, depend on agriculture - and irregular rainfall - to survive. Boru explains how regular access to water has change his life.

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In the words of family farmers: The Gambia

2014 is the UN's International Year of Family Farming and in this video series, family farmers share their challenges and successes in their own words.Almost half of the world's agricultural workers are women - but in Africa, less than 15% of them own land. Rice farmer Awa Jagne explains what it means to her to own her own land and produce food for her family.

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In the words of family farmers: Egypt

2014 is the UN's International Year of Family Farming and in this video series, family farmers share their challenges and successes in their own words. Almost 73 million young people in the world are unemployed. This is especially a major challenge in the Arab world. For Hassan Abdul Rahman, the solution was to move to the desert and learn to farm.

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In the words of family farmers - Guatemala

2014 is the UN's International Year of Family Farming and in this video series, family farmers share their challenges and successes in their own words. In Guatemala, many women, like weaver Ana Maria Gonzalez, depend on off-farm income to survive.

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In the words of family farmers: Indonesia

2014 is the UN's International Year of Family Farming and in this video series, family farmers share their challenges and successes in their own words. More than 1.5 billion people are involved in family farming in the world. For seaweed farmer Hassan Heremba Basri teaching his children everything he knows about farming will ensure their successful future.

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Tanzania: Qashing In - The Follow Up

Five years ago, we met Maimuna Ikango in the remote village of Qash in northern Tanzania. She told us that through a warehouse receipt system, farmers could store their crops until the price was right which significantly increased their incomes. This allowed farmers like herself to become entrepreneurs. Five years later, however, the situation in Qash is not what we hoped. IFAD reflects on what it has learned from this experience.

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Tanzania: The Long Walk for Water

The land is dry around Katikati village in northern Tanzania and water is scarce. The Maasai here travel up to 100 kilometres a day searching for water and it's a dangerous journey. But now they know that there is water - 180 meters under their feet. After drilling a borehole here, the Maasai can access clean water and they've started to settle, building a school and more permanent houses. But how will this affect the land and their culture?

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India: Fishing for Freedom

For most of their lives, every one of the 1200 fishermen in this village in the south of India described themselves as slaves. They were in debt to money-lenders and a corrupt system ensured that they could never pay off what they owed. It was only when they formed a group that they could work together to secure their freedom.

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Burkina Faso: Farming Futures

Every year at harvest time, farmers in Burkina Faso flood the market with their crops, driving down prices and leaving many with neither enough food nor money to get them through the year. But now, thanks to a relatively simple idea introduced by IFAD, many farmers not only have grain to eat but money in their pockets.

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India: Millet Madness

Minor millets used to be a staple food in India, but in the last five decades, almost half of their cultivation has been replaced with more lucrative cash crops and government subsidized rice, resulting in a major change in people's diets. Millets have up to 30 times more calcium than rice and much higher levels of micro-nutrients. They are also far more resilient to a changing climate. But is this enough to convince people to return to a crop they've virtually abandoned? Take a look at how IFAD worked with the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation to get minor millets back on the menu.
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Burkina Faso: Waiting for the rain

In Burkina Faso’s Sahel region, farmers like Sibiri Kebre say the rainy season that once began dependably in June is often delayed and when the rain finally does come the volume of water can cause flooding and destroy crops. To help farmers adapt to these changes a number of IFAD-supported projects are working together with farmers to develop soil and water retention techniques, which have now helped to green nearly 300,000 hectares of drought-prone land.
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Nepal: Migrant Money

Nepalese migrants send home $1.5 billion every year - over 20% of the country's GDP. Many of the women here rely on these remittances to survive. Now Savings and Credit Organisations, supported by IFAD and the Nepal Center for Micro-Finance, are facilitating safe money transfers and encouraging people to save. This is transforming villages like Makrahar where, for the first time, people are able to access credit.
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Sri Lanka: Banking the Future

Each year more than 2 million Sri Lankans working abroad send more than $5 billion to their families. Traditionally this was done through wire transfers or fellow Sri Lankans returning home. But now IFAD has partnered with Hatton National Bank to ensure that migrant workers have more affordable and secure options to send their money home.
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The Philippines: Mobile Money

More than ten million Filipinos work abroad, sending home more than $20 billion a year. But how does it reach their families in remote rural areas when three quarters of Filipinos do not have bank accounts? Well, every Filipino does have a mobile phone. This new innovative system turns the mobile phone into a mobile wallet, giving people instant access to the money sent to them from abroad.
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Peru: The Food RevolutionPeru

There's a new revolution happening in Peru... a food revolution. Top chefs in Lima are now basing their cuisine on ancient crops which are only produced by smallholder farmers.
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Bolivia: The alpaca connection

On Bolivia's high Andean plain, 4,500 metres above sea level, alpacas and llamas are becoming big business for poor ranchers.
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Indonesia: A Chance for Chocolate

It's Easter - a time when Americans buy more than 30 million kilograms of chocolate! But will chocaholics always be able to get their fix? Cocoa supplies are dwindling and it's predicted that by 2020, chocolate companies will be short of 1 million tons of cocoa. To solve this problem, Mars chocolate company has partnered with Indonesian cocoa farmers to produce more and better cocoa.
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Bolivia: Crazy for Quinoa

Quinoa is believed to be one of the world's healthiest foods. Yet in Bolivia, the world's largest grower and exporter, quinoa has been seen as "poor person's food" and most Bolivians have favoured less nutritious imported grains. Now a campaign to promote quinoa consumption in Bolivia is not only improving diets, but also the livelihoods of small farmers.

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Indonesia: Surviving the Flood

Four months ago, Lemusa village in Indonesia was drowned in mud when a flood caused a massive landslide. Most people, like Rita Rondonuwu, lost their farms - their main source of income. This is becoming all too common in Indonesia - and with changing weather patterns across the world, agriculture is becoming far more risky. It is becoming more important for farmers to have diverse sources of income. Thanks to her weaving business, Rita is still able to support her family.

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The Gambia: Reclaiming the Land

In The Gambia, women often farm on degraded, unproductive land. The more fertile land is usually reserved for men. But things are changing. A government project is using simple technologies to reclaim degraded, swampy and unproductive land. 34000 hectares of land have already been reclaimed. Now, women like Awa Jagne - who used to battle to feed her children - can produce enough rice to support her family throughout the year.

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The Philippines: From Rome to Home

Every year, one and half million people leave The Philippines to find jobs overseas and send home more than US$20 billion a year. But little of that money is saved or invested. In Mabini - known as "Little Italy" due to the number of people now living there, many big houses have been built - but most are empty. The owners cannot afford to come home. Now a financial education programme is encouraging Filipino workers abroad to invest in agricultural cooperatives in The Philippines - not only giving them a regular income, but also revitalising agriculture and creating jobs back home.

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Gambia: The Chief

Fatou Danso is a farmer...but she is also The Gambia's first female village chief. Fatou has introduced many other firsts to her village. The land here was once only farmed by men. But now Fatou has distributed the land to women - and together they have formed a vegetable garden scheme. Now these women can support their husbands with what they earn from selling their produce at the market.  

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The Philippines: A Penny saved 

More than 10 million overseas Filipino workers send money home to family members each year. But little of that money is actually saved or invested. Now, a financial literacy training programme, targeted at migrant workers and their families, is helping to change that. Lily Bruhl receives remittance money every month from her husband. After attending the training, she decided to invest this money and now she has built a thriving business. She hopes that this more sustainable income will mean that her husband will soon be able to return home. 

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Kenya: Kid power!

After decades of excessive logging and reduced water flow, Mount Kenya is becoming green again. Thanks to a government pilot project financed by IFAD, thousands of primary school children have been planting seedlings in school yards and teaching grownups at home about the importance of trees.

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Burundi: Justice for Maura

Burundi's civil war may have ended more than a decade ago, but violence in the country continues. Many of its victims are women, whose rights under the law are often ignored. Now a unique legal aid programme is helping thousands of women in the remotest parts of the county, like Maura Ntukamazina, learn about the law and reclaim their rights.

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Madagascar: Abeline’s field of gold

Senegal: Sowing the seedsAbeline Razanamamy is an elderly widow living in central Madagascar. She is determined not to rely on anybody else for her survival. She's maintained her independence by growing rice... a lot of rice. She applies a technique called the System for Rice Intensification, or SRI, which has more than doubled her yield. Developed in Madagascar in the 1980s, SRI is now being used by about 5 million farmers across the world.

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Senegal: Sowing the seeds

Senegal: Sowing the seedsWhenever global food prices rise, developing countries that import food, like Senegal,  are hit the hardest. Rising food prices make the most basic foodstuffs unaffordable. Senegal needed to become more food self-sufficient, but a major obstacle was a lack of access to good quality seeds. Two years ago, the European Union decided to allocate €3.6 million from their Food Facility Fund to help farmers grow more and better seeds. Not only has seed production increased, but there has been a change in the role these farmers play in Senegal's economy

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Bangladesh: Anjana's story

Anjana and Shankar Das are familiar with changing weather patterns. They live on Bangladesh's southern coast on land that scientists say is among the most climate-change-affected places in the world.

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Brazil: grey water, green ground

In the North East of Brazil, millions of people battle to grow food around their houses due to dirty water and sewage that runs outside, making the soil toxic. But now a newly designed biowater filtering system has the potential to change all of their lives. This is the story of Ulisses dos Santos who has tested out the system for one year. Now he is not only eating better, but also making a profit

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Brazil: From coal to crops

Brazil is considered to be the largest producer of charcoal in the world. And in the North East of the country, much of the cutting down of trees to produce this charcoal is illegal. The effect on the environment is devastating. In fact, this area has the fifth highest rate of deforestation in the country. This is the story of how the discovery of ground water helped one community moved from coal production to crop production - turning a dry barren area into a green oasis.

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Brazil: living with the land

The North-East of Brazil is the most densely populated semi-arid region in the world. For generations, farmers have resorted to excessive use of chemicals and slash and burn agriculture, stripping the soil of nutrients. Now farmers like Irupuan Gomes are trying something new. He is using bush management techniques to rehabilitate the natural ecosystem. Not only is the environment healthier -- but so are his profits.

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Bangladesh: the coming storm

Eighty per cent of Bangladesh lies on a floodplain less than 5 metres above sea level. As sea levels rise and seasonal storms become more severe, millions of farmers living along the country's southern coast could lose their land and livelihoods, putting the entire country's food security at risk. Fighting against time, six branches of government and international donors work together to help farmers adapt.

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Pakistan: credit where credit is due

In the mountainous terrain of Azad Jammu and Kashmir in Pakistan, it isn't easy to start a small business. But when a community pools their money together and manages their own micro-credit loans, there are astonishing results. These three stories show how community credit allows poor people to lift each other out of poverty.

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Ivory Coast: Seeds for Change

After 10 years of civil war, women farmers in Ivory Coast are fighting poverty and preserving peace by growing high-quality rice seeds. This pest-resistant breed of rice not only doubles their yields and profits - but it also gives them greater independence.

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Mali: Reversing the Exodus

In Mali's rural areas, most young people leave the villages to try and find work in the cities. This is known as "the exodus" and it has a devastating effect on the social fabric of remote areas. The elderly and the children remain, struggling to produce enough food. But now young people like Diallo Haroun are returning to their villages because of a new project which offers training and creates employment opportunities.

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Ghana: Going Local

Ghana currently spends over $1 billion on food imports, making it highly susceptible to price hikes. One way to prevent this, is to invest in local entrepreneurs like Janet Gyimah-Kessie. She has a large-scale cassava processing operation which not only increases local food production, but also creates employment and a market for other local cassava producers.

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Rose's new job

Benin's lakes and wetlands have been depleted of fish due to overfishing and destruction of mangroves and natural habitats. Now these lakes are being rehabilitated and fishermen and fish-sellers are finding alternative ways to make a living.

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Changing attitudes

The people from the remote Diamer District in northern Pakistan have always been conservative, religious and suspicious of outsiders. A few years ago, there was only 9% literacy, women couldn't earn their own incomes and people were open to extremist ideas. Now all that has changed. Although it was initially violently resisted, a poverty alleviation project initiated by the UN's International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), has now changed people's attitudes, making them resist extremist ideologies.

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Ethiopia: Droughtwatch

Hassan Adile is no stranger to drought. As one of 12 million pastoralists in Ethiopia, he travels great distances to find grazing land and water for his livestock. Now he has a new role. He has recently been trained to watch for warning signs of drought. Supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), it is hoped that such investments will help avert a future humanitarian crisis like the current drought in the Horn of Africa.

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Mongolia: Learning in motion

Mobile kindergartens head out onto the Mongolian plateau, giving nomadic children their first taste of organized learning.

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Dream Weaver

Poor Guatemalan weavers team up with industrial designers to create top-selling textiles for export.

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Egypt: young and jobless

Egypt dominated the headlines at the beginning of the year when an unprecedented display of people power toppled 30 years of autocratic rule. But will the elections planned for later in the year solve Egypt’s problems? The underlying issue of youth unemployment - ; which affects the whole Arab region

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One story

Just one story to represent over 1.4 billion poor rural people who live on less than $1.25 a day. This is the story of Séraphine and her daughter Maria who live in rural Madagascar. They struggle daily to keep food on the table and believe that the only real future Maria can have is far away from home. Their story is unique yet ever so common in rural poor areas, according to the Rural Poverty Report 2011 prepared by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). It raises a critical question -- with the world's future food needs expected to increase by 70% by the year 2050 and with more and more people leaving rural areas to live in cities, who will be left to farm?

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Teatime with Bernadette

Teatime with Bernadette Bernadette is a tea farmer in Rwanda who, like many lost her family to the 1994 genocide. But since she and others began working together in a tea cooperative, she has realized how important economic development is to ensuring lasting peace.

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Cassava Futures

Cassava FuturesOnce known as 'poor man's food', cassava -- a starchy tuber -- may now be among the best hopes for reducing poverty in the West African country of Ghana. These short videos looks at cassava's rise in popularity and the impact it's having on poor farmers.

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Faustina's Fortune

Faustina's FortuneOnce known as 'poor man's food', cassava -- a starchy tuber -- may now be among the best hopes for reducing poverty in the West African country of Ghana. These short videos looks at cassava's rise in popularity and the impact it's having on poor farmers.

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Hassan and the graduates

Hassan is university graduate who, like many young people in Egypt, was having trouble finding a job. Then he heard about a unique government program that offered landless youth and unemployed university graduates the opportunity to start their own farms. The only condition was that they reclaim the land themselves...in the desert. This IFAD documentary looks at what happened.

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Peanut power

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Return to the oasis

Return to the oasisWhat happens when small holder farmers from different parts of the developing world share their knowledge and experience? In 2007, four farmer couples, (husbands and wives), from Oases in Morocco spent six months living with oasis farmers in Mauritania who were struggling to survive. This short video looks at what happened.

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Building Futures

Building futuresOne year after a political crisis erupted in Madagascar, an IFAD-supported project continues to work with small businesses to provide employment opportunities for young people in poor rural communities.

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Banking on Haiti’s Poor

Banking on Haiti's poorWhat can the poorest people do to aid economic development in their own communities? A great deal, when given easy access to financial services and remittance flows, says the Director of Fonkoze, Haiti’s alternative bank for the poor. This short video tells the story of two Fonkoze clients.

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Mark Farahani: the story of a Tanzanian ‘internetpreneur’

Mark Farahani's storyTanzanian Mark Farahani is an ‘internetpreneur’. He’s the founder of KIRSEC, arguably the first privately owned Wireless internet service provider in rural Africa. Apart from its remoteness, KIRSEC provides Internet services to the local government and public hospital through a unique public private partnership. This video tells Mark Farahani’s story.

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The President’s Dilemma

President's dilemmaThe Pacific islands of Kiribati were among the last places to be colonized by humans. But now, because of rising sea levels, they may be among the first to be abandoned. Should Kiribati President Anote Tong surrender to climate change and evacuate? Can anything be done to help him buy more time?
Should Kiribati President Anote Tong surrender to climate change and evacuate? Can anything be done to help him buy more time?

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The Difference We Make

The difference we makeFor more than 30 years the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has worked to eradicate rural poverty in developing countries around the world.  This 8-minute video provides an overview of the organization and its work.

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Seeds of Hope

The seeds of hopeIn 2008, global food price spikes and four successive hurricanes battered the Caribbean island of Haiti, causing an estimated US$220 million in damage to food crops. Tens of thousands of farmers were left without a means of earning an income and the country without enough food to eat. This short video looks at a special IFAD-funded programme designed to kick-start the country’s food production quickly and the support needed to make Haiti food secure.

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Sweet Success 

Sweet successConsumer demand for organic, fair trade chocolate is helping to revive an entire sector of the economy in Sao Tome. Thanks to an initiative first proposed by IFAD, 1400 farmers on this island 230 kilometres of the west coast of Africa have switched to organic cocoa production and are earning more money as a result.

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Made in Benin

made in beninA year ago, 30-year-old mother of six Brigitte Adassin was like many poor African farmers struggling to live on less than 2 US dollars a day. Now she’s financed her first real estate development – a four-unit apartment building. How did she do it? This short video looks at the positive impact that increases in global commodity prices has had on poor rice farmers in Benin.

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Howa’s Chance 

Howa's last chanceVolatile global food prices are taking a toll on food security in Eritrea. This short video looks at what an IFAD-support project is doing to improve local agricultural production and the role that women play in helping the country produce more food.

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Three Sisters

Three sistersWomen in Eritrea are often depicted as Africa’s most liberated sisterhood. They fought on the frontlines in the country’s 30-year war of independence. But in Eritrea’s poor rural heartland, woman’s liberation is a war still being fought. And the challenge is to convince women themselves of the need for change. This documentary tells the stories of three rural women and explores what the government and National Union of Eritrean Women in partnership with IFAD are doing to help improve women’s lives.

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Fuel for thought

Fuel for thoughtAmong human activities agriculture is one of the largest producers of methane, a potent greenhouse gas 22 times more damaging to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. Now an IFAD-supported project in China’s Guangxi province is encouraging thousands of poor farmers to turn the methane produced on their farms into fuel for lighting and cooking, not only helping to improve local environmental conditions but reduce poverty.

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“Qashing” In

Quashing InRising food prices are having a devastating effect on the poorest people, particularly smallholder farmers in developing countries. This short video features an isolated community in Tanzania called Qash and illustrates what can happen when smallholder farmers get access to both credit and storage facilities for their grains. In particularly, the video tells the story of one woman, Maimuna Ikangoin, who stores her grains and then finds an innovative way to invest her profits in international football competitions.

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Ecotourism in Bolivia

Ecotourism in BoliviaThe Bolivian Jungle is fast becoming an eco-tourist hotspot. Yet despite the growing number of tourists arriving each day, it’s international tour operators who profit most, not the poor indigenous people who live there. Now, thanks to the efforts of an innovative project that is helping more than 100 indigenous groups in the Amazon basin increase their incomes while preserving their culture, indigenous entrepreneurs are taking a share of the tourism market.

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BBC World Debate: Food – Who pays the price?

IFAD, BBC, TVE“Food – Who Pays the Price?” raises important questions about who produces the food we eat and how. Urbanization, climate change, changing diets in emerging economies and the impact of supermarkets are putting new pressures on the land and changing the face of farming. Meanwhile small farmers around the world are leaving the land in increasing numbers.

Staged in Rome to mark IFAD’s 30th Anniversary.
Produced by TVE for BBC World in cooperation with IFAD.

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IFAD – A 30 year retrospective

IFAD a 30 year retrospectiveIFAD marks 30 years of fighting rural poverty and hunger in 2008. This special retrospective video examines IFAD’s unique origins, some of its milestones as well as the changing world conditions that continue to shape its role as the UN’s only specialized agency dedicated to the eradicaiton of rural poverty. Featuring interviews with IFAD’s former presidents and President Lennart Båge.

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Gas Gas Gas

Gas Gas GAsAn IFAD-supported project in China’s Guangxi province encourages poor farmers to produce their own biogas as a means of reducing poverty while improving local environmental conditions.

As featured on BBC World’s “Earth Report”

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Sending Money Home

remittancesInternational remittances sent by migrant workers to developing countries reached a staggering US$300 billion in 2006, according to an IFAD study. This short documentary looks at the scope and scale of the flow and features the first-ever map to show remittances estimates on a country-by-country basis worldwide.

As featured on CNN World Report

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Troubled Waters 

Troubled watersAn IFAD-supported project in the south of Jordan helps poor farmers better manage soil and water resources in one of the world’s top ten water-poor countries.

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BBC World debate: Failing the farmer?

Failing the farmers?Fourteen international panelists consider the issues in this BBC World debate produced in partnership with IFAD and TVE
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Fishermen’s Futures

Fishermens' FuturesThe Arabian Sea is one of the world’s richest fisheries, yet until recently fishermen living along its coast in Yemen remained desperately poor. This short video looks at how an IFAD-supported project helped transform poor fishermen into successful fish exporters, who now sell their catch to buyers from Saudi Arabia, Japan and Europe.
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I Spy

I spyMarket spies and modern communication technology join forces in an innovative IFAD-supported project in Tanzania. This short documentary features “spy” Stanley Mchome, whose activities have not only helped to empower local farmers but to substantially increase their incomes.

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Every Dollar Sent

Every dollar sentThe Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) reports that remittances flowing from the United States into Latin America reached a record-breaking US$45 billion in 2006. This IFAD documentary looks at a joint IADB-IFAD project attempting to re-direct a portion of the remittance flow through micro-finance institutions in rural communities.

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Villages on the Front Line: Jordan

BBC series: JordanThe BBC World Series "Villages on the Front Line," was produced in partnership with IFAD, the Global Mechanism, Dev.tv and others to mark the International Year of Deserts and Desertification in 2006. In this segment, viewers travel to Jordan where the challenge is to stop the entire Kingdom from turning to desert. TV presenter Rula Amin travels the length of Jordan in search of some answers and discovers an innovative IFAD-supported project working on the front lines of the crisis.

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La última esperanza de un sombrero

La última esperanza de un sombrero Believing it may be their last chance to profit from the production of traditional straw hats, a group of Mayan artisans calling themselves ‘la última esperanza’ receives assistance and marketing advice from an IFAD-supported project.

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The First Mile 

the first mileGood communication is vital to small farmers who need better access to markets and to reliable information about prices, product quality and market conditions. Can new information and communication technologies, such as mobile phones and the Internet, help? This IFAD video looks at the First Mile - an innovative two-year pilot project underway in Tanzania.

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Cash Flow Fever

Cash flow feverElmer, Hector and Dalila Cortez have left their home and family in El Salvador to work in the United States . They’re part of a huge global movement of migrant workers who travel to rich countries to find jobs so they can send money home to support poor families. What impact does this cash flow have in the fight against poverty? This IFAD documentary tells the story of the Cortez family in the United States and El Salvador and explores the role development can play in spreading the impact of the remittances flow.

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Liquid Gold

liquid goldMayan honey producers in Mexico’s Southern Yucatan switch to organic production and tap into lucrative international markets.

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Las Borregeras

las borregerasAn IFAD-supported project in Mexico helps a women’s group set up a sheep farm. One participant tells her story.

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Election Day

Election dayThe people of Burundi are heading to the polls to elect their first parliament and president since a civil war began in 1993. This report explores how IFAD-initiated Community Development Committees contribute to democratic processes and peace building by putting economic decision-making power in the hands of poor villagers.

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A Pledge for Peace

A pledge for peaceDevelopment assistance can offer people an alternative to conflict in countries disabled by war. This report explores the impact that economic development had in several provinces in Burundi during the country's 10-year civil war and the need for continued international support since the war has ended.


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In the Wake of War

In the wake of warAfter 10 years of civil war, Burundians are ready for lasting peace. This IFAD documentary, co-produced with the Television Trust for the Environment (TVE) for broadcast on BBC World, follows the stories of three people who are attempting to rebuild their lives. Through their stories, the film explores the larger challenges that face the country and the role that international development can play in preventing conflict from re-igniting.

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First Prize
Cinema for Peace film festival, Genazzano, Italy, 2006

Official Selection
Stories From the Field film festival, New York, 2005


Entrepreneurs wanted

Rural finance and entrepreneurship A innovative government program supported by IFAD attempts to unlock the entrepreneurial spirit in one of the world's poorest countries.

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Breaking Down Borders

Milan's International Craft Fair hosts Latin American rural artisansNine Latin American entrepreneurs, representing artisans from poor rural communities, attempt to sell their goods in one of Europe's toughest fashion capitals.

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Still, the children are here

Still, the children areThe plight of the Garos people in north-east India and related threats to ancient knowledge important to the preservation of the world's rice varieties are explored in this feature-length documentary film supported by IFAD and produced by acclaimed Indian filmmaker Mira Nair.

 


Hungry Planet series

Episode 35

Hungry Planet Episode 20 - Special ReportIn this episode of Hungry Planet, more than 1000 fishermen in Southern India work together to pay off their debts to money lenders; FAO works with the inhabitants of Kiroka village to optimise their land and water management to adapt to climate change in Tanzania and WFP's Chief Economist, Arif Hussain, talks about how the conflict in Central African Republic is crippling the economy.

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Episode 34

Hungry Planet Episode 20 - Special ReportIn this episode of Hungry Planet, malnutrition threatens displaced children in Central African Republic, irrigation practices in Kenya help farmers to increase their yields and, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, investment in aquaculture contributes to the nation's food security.

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Episode 33

Hungry Planet Episode 20 - Special ReportIn this episode of Hungry Planet: the Biketi family in Kenya receive training and tools to help them farm their way to success; South Sudanese refugees arrive in Uganda and Mars Corporation works with farmers in Indonesia to rescue dwindling cocoa supplies.

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Episode 32

Hungry Planet Episode 20 - Special ReportIn this episode of Hungry Planet, a Maasai community in Tanzania finds a new source of water; displaced families in the Central African Republic call for peace amidst growing unrest and a farming family in Kenya receives credit and training to invest in their future.

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Episode 31

Hungry Planet Episode 20 - Special ReportIn this episode: Indian farmers campaign to increase production of millet, a highly nutritious crop virtually abandoned decades earlier; after years of drought and conflict in Mali the World Food Programme fights hunger from the ground up; and in Vietnam, an integrated farming system boosts food security while protecting the environment.

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Episode 30

Hungry Planet Episode 20 - Special ReportIn this episode of Hungry Planet: Farmers in Burkina Faso learn how to make the most out of scarce moisture; a myth about Haiti's famous "mud cakes" is dispelled; and cash transfers boost agricultural production in Malawi.

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Episode 29

Hungry Planet Episode 20 - Special ReportIn this Episode of Hungry Planet: Indian farmers are leading healthier lives by following organic standards derived from the Codex Alimentarius.
In Kenya, farmers are now working together to conserve water resources by protecting rivers and planting trees. A joint project between WFP and the European Union helps Haitians help themselves.

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Episode 28

Hungry Planet Episode 20 - Special ReportIn this episode of Hungry Planet: a new alliance between chefs and smallholder farmers in Peru is not only changing their lives, but the country as a whole; thousands of Syrians of Armenian descent flee back to their country of origin, but it's a bittersweet homecoming. And in land-locked Uganda, fish is the second largest source of foreign revenue thanks to a system which ensures the fishing industry is safe for consumers.

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Episode 27

Hungry Planet Episode 20 - Special ReportIn this episode of Hungry Planet: Armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo drive 200,000 people from their homes in the "Triangle of Death"; in Cameroon, millions of people eat insects and perhaps these bugs have the potential to improve global food security; and in Bolivia, 4,500 meters above sea level, alpacas and llamas are big business for ranchers.

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Episode 26

Hungry Planet Episode 20 - Special ReportIn this episode: Defeating locust swarms in Chad that threaten food security; in The Philippines a financial education programme encourages Filipino workers abroad to invest in agricultural cooperatives; and in Iraq, refugees from Syria arrive in search of food and safety.

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Episode 25

Hungry Planet Episode 20 - Special ReportIn this episode of Hungry Planet: After devastating floods, Indonesian farmers learn how to diversify their incomes; an innovative project in Tunisia helps farming communities fight unemployment and poverty; and a pilot project in Kenya supports dairy farmers in their fight against animal diseases.

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Episode 24

Hungry Planet Episode 20 - Special ReportIn this episode of Hungry Planet: Junior farmer field schools in Kenya use agriculture to teach children from refugee communities about nutrition, entrepreneurship and life; a series of haunting images tells the story of the lives of Syrian refugees in Lebanon; and a campaign to promote local consumption of quinoa in Bolivia is improving diets and farmer incomes.

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Episode 23

Hungry Planet Episode 20 - Special ReportIn this episode of Hungry Planet: In Syria's neighbouring countries, food vouchers help refugees keep hunger at bay.

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Episode 22

Hungry Planet Episode 20 - Special ReportIn this episode of Hungry Planet: Syrian refugees in Turkey receive food vouchers that allow them to buy food in local shops; a pioneering project in Indonesia improves food safety by using nuclear irradiation technology; and in The Philippines, the wife of a migrant worker builds a thriving business after learning how to invest the remittance money she receives.

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Episode 21

Hungry Planet Episode 20 - Special ReportIn this episode of Hungry Planet: Syrian refugees in Turkey receive food vouchers that allow them to buy food in local shops; a pioneering project in Indonesia improves food safety by using nuclear irradiation technology; and in The Philippines, the wife of a migrant worker builds a thriving business after learning how to invest the remittance money she receives.

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Episode 20 - Special report

Hungry Planet Episode 20 - Special ReportIn this Episode of Hungry Planet: Three reports on agricultural cooperatives, a key to food security.

  • In Guatemala, farmers making a living from small plots of land struggle to produce bigger crops, become better connected to markets and earn more money.
  • In Afghanistan, as foreign troops prepare to leave, an unexpected kind of peace building is taking place thanks to the rise in dairy cooperatives.
  • In Southern Niger, agricultural cooperatives gain access to better seeds and better farming techniques to fight the region's severe droughts.

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Episode 19

In this episode of Hungry Planet: A technique for intensifying rice production in Madagascar more than doubles farmers' yields; the formation of responsible fishing cooperatives in Morocco offers new opportunities to fishermen; In Yemen, Civil unrest and waves of violence leave families struggling as food and fuel prices rise.

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Episode 18

In this episode: emergency support helps build farmers' resilience against the growing food crisis in the Sahel; thousands of Syrian refugees search for safety and shelter in the impoverished Beqaa Valley in Lebanon; and a system to filter and reuse grey water for irrigation could change millions of lives in Brazil.

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Episode 17

In this episode: Refugees arrive at Ethiopia's Dolo Ado refugee camp in greater numbers, driven by poor rains and ongoing conflict in Somalia. After 10 years of civil war, women farmers in Ivory Coast fight poverty and preserve peace by growing high-quality rice seeds. And in The Gambia, famers are working to minimize food losses, at a time of drought and soaring food prices.

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Episode 16 RIO+20 special report

In this episode: researchers measure carbon levels stored within Tanzania's forests; Brazilian farmers turn to sustainable agriculture to rehabilitate the natural environment; Mali refugees arrive at the M'bera refugee camp in Mauritania in search of food and safety.

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Episode 15

In this Episode of Hungry Planet: Rising sea levels and severe storms threaten millions of farmers living along Bangladesh’s southern coast, increasingly unpredictable weather patterns in Chad fuel hunger and, in Ethiopia, distribution of high yield root and tuber varieties help farmers increase production in times of drought.

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Episode 15 - RIO+20 special report

In this Episode of Hungry Planet: Rising sea levels and severe storms threaten millions of farmers living along Bangladesh’s southern coast, increasingly unpredictable weather patterns in Chad fuel hunger and, in Ethiopia, distribution of high yield root and tuber varieties help farmers increase production in times of drought.

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Episode 14

A particularly challenging winter in the Mazar-I-Sharif region of northern Afghanistan requires a quick response. Improving food security in Bangladesh is one of the most difficult tasks of the Millennium Development Goals. In Pakistani Kashmir, a community pools their money together and manages their own micro-credit loans to lift each other out of poverty.

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Episode 13

Farmers in Croatia use nuclear technology to tackle the Mediterranean fruit fly pest. In Ghana, investing in local entrepreneurs creates employment and a market for cassava producers. Food is distributed to thousands affected by recent attacks in South Sudan's Jonglei State.

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Episode 12

Job creation in rural areas offers hope for Mali youth. Problems in accessing food from outside the country spell shortages for the people of South Sudan. A project offering agriculture advice to three hundred farmers in Ethiopia enjoys a domino effect as thousands more get involved.

 

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Episode 11

Turning arid desert into productive farmland helps ward off hunger in drought-prone Niger. Fishermen and fish sellers in Benin discover alternative ways of earning a living that are good for them and the fishery. Mountain gorillas in Rwanda, the original "gorillas in the mist," are under greater threat due to climate change. Find out what be done to protect them.

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Episode 10

In this Episode, herders in Mongolia work together to stop illegal logging and deforestation; in a remote corner of Pakistan, economic development helps a conservative community push out extremist ideas; drought-stricken pastoralists seek refuge and food assistance in the village of Docol in central Somalia.

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Episode 9

In this Episode: War-weary Somali gather at a project to collect rubbish in return for payment in food. A look at what causes food price volatility in many parts of the world. And, in Ethiopia, pastoralists are trained to watch for warning signs of drought to avert future humanitarian crisis.

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Episode 8

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) faces serious food shortages after harsh winter and flooding led to failed harvests. Developing small and medium size agricultural businesses helps reverse the flow of migration from Moldova 20 years after the fall of the Soviet Union. In Senegal, planting and managing Acacia forests helps combat desertification while providing life-changing benefits to local communities.

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Episode 7

In this Episode of Hungry Planet: famine in the Horn of Africa continues to push thousands of desperate Somalis into the Dadaab refugee Camp in Kenya; an innovative teaching method known as farmer fields schools is lifting thousands out of poverty on the island of Zanzibar; a year after flooding in Pakistan destroyed crops and homes millions of people are rebuilding their life again.

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Episode 6

In this episode of Hungry Planet, legendary Italian striker Roberto Baggio witnesses the devastation of climate change on crops in the Peruvian Andes, Canadian actor and comedian Jim Carrey visits a school in Haiti and pledges meals for the entire school year, and mobile kindergartens head out onto the Mongolian plateau, giving nomadic children their first taste of organized learning.

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Episode 5

In this episode of Hungry Planet we go to Rwanda, where tea fields are helping to rebuild a country. We shop in the markets of Cambodia, Pakistan and Egypt to see how much a dollar is really worth. Finally we go to Sri Lanka where cattle here were among the last in the world to undergo blood testing under FAO's Global Rinderpest Eradication Programme.

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Episode 4

In this episode of Hungry Planet, empowering women in the Philippines to rebuild their community; combatting high food prices with a project to grow your own food in Pakistan and meet some successful women entrepreneurs from Guatemala using traditional methods to create modern designs.

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Episode 3

In the third episode of Hungry Planet, legendary ex-Barcelona striker Hristo Stoichkov joins other soccer greats in visiting a community garden project for victims of the 2009 flooding in Burkina Faso; a social experiment in Egypt helps the urban unemployed reclaim desert land and become farmers; and a cash vouchers project in Hebron helps Palestinian families cope with rising food prices.

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Episode 2

In the latest episode of Hungry Planet: a woman in Ghana breaks into the food processing business; a typhoon victim in Manila gets help via text message; and a project in the Philippines helps protect forests for future generations.

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Episode 1

Hungry Planet Episode 1 One billion. That's the number of hungry people worldwide. The effects are heartbreaking. The causes myriad. Solutions are needed now to feed future generations. In this series, the UN 's three food agencies - FAO, WFP and IFAD - take us around the globe in search of answers to some of the most pressing questions we face today.

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Business of food series

Benin

On television screens and newspaper front pages around the world, the stories out of Africa are often filled with doom and gloom. And while the reality of life for many Africans is often difficult, there are success stories to share and inspire others. This 13-part televsion series, produced in cooperation with IFAD, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and Dev.tv, presents just a few.

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Burkina Faso

On television screens and newspaper front pages around the world, the stories out of Africa are often filled with doom and gloom. And while the reality of life for many Africans is often difficult, there are success stories to share and inspire others. This 13-part televsion series, produced in cooperation with IFAD, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and Dev.tv, presents just a few.

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Burundi

On television screens and newspaper front pages around the world, the stories out of Africa are often filled with doom and gloom. And while the reality of life for many Africans is often difficult, there are success stories to share and inspire others. This 13-part televsion series, produced in cooperation with IFAD, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and Dev.tv, presents just a few.

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Ghana

On television screens and newspaper front pages around the world, the stories out of Africa are often filled with doom and gloom. And while the reality of life for many Africans is often difficult, there are success stories to share and inspire others. This 13-part televsion series, produced in cooperation with IFAD, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and Dev.tv, presents just a few.

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Kenya - A matter of tics 

On television screens and newspaper front pages around the world, the stories out of Africa are often filled with doom and gloom. And while the reality of life for many Africans is often difficult, there are success stories to share and inspire others. This 13-part televsion series, produced in cooperation with IFAD, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and Dev.tv, presents just a few.

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Kenya - A voracious pest  

On television screens and newspaper front pages around the world, the stories out of Africa are often filled with doom and gloom. And while the reality of life for many Africans is often difficult, there are success stories to share and inspire others. This 13-part televsion series, produced in cooperation with IFAD, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and Dev.tv, presents just a few.

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Kenya - Nut Processing

On television screens and newspaper front pages around the world, the stories out of Africa are often filled with doom and gloom. And while the reality of life for many Africans is often difficult, there are success stories to share and inspire others. This 13-part televsion series, produced in cooperation with IFAD, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and Dev.tv, presents just a few.

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Malawi

On television screens and newspaper front pages around the world, the stories out of Africa are often filled with doom and gloom. And while the reality of life for many Africans is often difficult, there are success stories to share and inspire others. This 13-part televsion series, produced in cooperation with IFAD, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and Dev.tv, presents just a few.

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Mali

On television screens and newspaper front pages around the world, the stories out of Africa are often filled with doom and gloom. And while the reality of life for many Africans is often difficult, there are success stories to share and inspire others. This 13-part televsion series, produced in cooperation with IFAD, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and Dev.tv, presents just a few.

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Mozambique

On television screens and newspaper front pages around the world, the stories out of Africa are often filled with doom and gloom. And while the reality of life for many Africans is often difficult, there are success stories to share and inspire others. This 13-part televsion series, produced in cooperation with IFAD, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and Dev.tv, presents just a few.

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Sao Tome

On television screens and newspaper front pages around the world, the stories out of Africa are often filled with doom and gloom. And while the reality of life for many Africans is often difficult, there are success stories to share and inspire others. This 13-part televsion series, produced in cooperation with IFAD, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and Dev.tv, presents just a few.

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Senegal

On television screens and newspaper front pages around the world, the stories out of Africa are often filled with doom and gloom. And while the reality of life for many Africans is often difficult, there are success stories to share and inspire others. This 13-part televsion series, produced in cooperation with IFAD, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and Dev.tv, presents just a few.

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