Enabling poor rural people
to overcome poverty

Household mentoring in Uganda

When it comes to bringing about change in the most disadvantaged households, development projects are often at a loss. Extreme poverty, illiteracy and lack of self-esteem isolate people and make them difficult to reach through the usual channels.Read more

Transforming the coffee value chain in Ethiopia

Smallholder coffee producers working with the IFAD-funded Agricultural Marketing Improvement Programme (AMIP) are proud of having helped to transform the Ethiopian coffee value chain, making it inclusive and efficient. In less than seven years, the programme has established eight coffee "liquoring" or tasting centres, the first of their kind in rural areas, and provided the necessary equipment and training to Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) staff. Thanks to these interventions, today the coffee tasting centres offer internationally recognized coffee grading and trading services.Read more

Guinea pigs bring prosperity to poor women in China

Poor women in a remote region of China have built up their businesses and worked their way out of poverty thanks to an IFAD-supported project that has taught them how to raise guinea pigs. The meat from these fast-breeding animals is a delicacy in Chinese cities and the project participants have tapped into these markets. Five years after the project they took part in closed, the women were still reaping the benefits.Read more

A Roots-to-Riches Story

Southeast Asia's transformation of cassava from a humble root crop from the Americas into a prized industrial input has an almost fairy tale quality. Until just a few decades ago, the crop was considered a secondary staple, playing a minor role in the region's rice-centered food system. But since the 1970s, cassava production has expanded by several orders of magnitude first in Thailand, then Vietnam and Cambodia, to meet rapidly rising demand from the livestock feed, starch, and biofuel markets.

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Over 400 million poor rural people have participated in programmes and projects supported by IFAD and partners around the world, and they all have stories to tell. Here are some of those stories, featuring women and men who are working to overcome poverty and determine the direction of their own lives. These ground-level accounts of hope and empowerment reside on the Rural Poverty Portal, powered by IFAD.