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?
Producer: Joanne Levitan
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.
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. The new alliance that has formed between these chefs and the people who grow their food is not only changing the lives of the farmers, but the country as a whole.
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.
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.
In 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.
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.