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Rwanda: A Changing Climate

The weather in Rwanda is becoming more and more unpredictable causing farmers to lose about 40% of their harvests. Now new business hubs are helping farmers adapt to the changing climate, allowing them to store their crops safely and get them to markets.

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?

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.