Enabling poor rural people
to overcome poverty

Papua: Woman Power

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

In 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.

In 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.

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.

Watch our animated story about the power of a simple idea: Investing in rural people. At the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), we're in the business of ending rural poverty. Since 1978, the loans and grants we provide, along with cofinancing from our many partners, have empowered 420 million people in rural areas. When IFAD invests in rural people, good things grow. Food supplies increase. Incomes rise. Nutrition improves. Natural resources are protected. Families become more resilient. Communities thrive. Investing in rural people is IFAD's bottom line.

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.

In 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.