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Feature Story

"Water is critical to development," says IFAD expert

As the world's leading water professionals and decision makers come together this week in Stockholm for World Water Week 2015, we take a look at how water is critical to development.

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Celebrating International Youth Day 2015

Young rural people represent a significant portion of the agricultural workforce and play a major role in the development of rural areas. In honour of International Youth Day, we compiled the top five reasons IFAD invests in rural youth.

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Protecting the environment through sustainable production

The Sustainable Land Management in the Semi-Arid Sertão Project was designed as a complement to the IFAD-financed Dom Helder Câmara Project (DHCP), which ran from 1998 to 2007 in various areas of the semi-arid northeastern Brazil. The Sertão Project aimed to address pressing environmental and land degradation issues, and to build resilience to climate change. The project focused on thecaatinga — a uniquely Brazilian scrub forest covering approximately 10 per cent of the total area of the country. The caatinga is one of Brazil's most threatened natural landscapes.

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Haiti: Sharing knowledge across the border with the Dominican Republic

The border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic is a poor region, but it is critically important to both countries. On the Haitian side, in particular, there is substantial yet unexploited economic potential.

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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.