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to overcome poverty

Cambodia: The Software Solution

How can software help the Cambodian Government become a major global rice exporter by 2015? Take a look at how IFAD and Intel have joined forces to bring expert information about seeds, fertilisers and pests to rural farmers at the touch of a button.

São Tomé was once the world's biggest exporter of cocoa, but a decade ago the global cocoa price crash destroyed the industry here and desperate farmers have been clearing the forests to find alternative ways to make a living. But then the rising global demand for organic chocolate changed everything. IFAD joined forces with French organic chocolate company, Kaoka, to revive the island's cocoa industry. And it looks like chocolate might just save this island.

Cicia island in Fiji is pristine and the elders intend to keep it that way. Last year they declared Cicia an organic island and they believe organics is the key to a healthy and prosperous future for the next generation. But the islanders cannot make money from organics without being officially certified and external certification is far too expensive for them. But now through an innovative system, they are certifying themselves.

In Bangladesh, an estimated 20 million people are deficient in essential vitamins and minerals. A new video details an IFAD-supported initiative to introduce the consumption of small fish – which are high in micronutrients – into thousands of Bangladeshi households.

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.

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.

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