Enabling poor rural people
to overcome poverty

Sending Money Home: European flows and markets

In 2014, migrant workers living in Europe sent home US$109.4 billion in remittances, providing a lifeline to more than 150 million people around the world, according to the report "Sending Money Home: European flows and markets" released by IFAD.

Many Senegalese rely on expensive, imported food. But a simple idea of eating what you grow has changed the lives of 250,000 people. It has not only significantly reduced the hungry season, but it has also provided jobs for thousands of people.

Kenya's milk consumption is the highest in the developing world. And with demand for milk increasing, this 'white gold' has the potential to lift more than a million farmers out of poverty.

Small-scale farmers are the life blood of the world's food cultures and by sending the unique foods they produce into outer space, Chef Stefano Polato amplifies their importance. Working with ArgoTech aerospace engineering, he produces the special meals known as bonus foods that European astronauts like Italy's Samantha Cristoforetti can take aboard the space station.

Can an equity fund alleviate poverty? It seems to be working in remote Armenia where investments in food companies are increasing the incomes of farmers and transforming rural areas.

It's been more than a decade since Hurricane Ivan swept through the Caribbean island Grenada - but agricultural production is still half of what it used to be. Now a government project is helping farmers create viable businesses that can go global - and in doing so, restore agriculture's place in the island's economy.

Vietnam's Mekong Delta is one of the world's most endangered places due to sea level rise caused by climate change. It's also one of the most intensively cultivated areas in Asia. Can farmers adapt to the increasingly salty conditions?