Enabling poor rural people
to overcome poverty

Fiji: Under the Sleeping Giant

A group of twenty young Fijian farmers dream of earning enough money to support their siblings. Their plan? To farm papaya organically and to access the premium price that the organic market pays. But they can only do this if their product is certified organic. With the prohibitively high cost of third party organic certification, they are trying something new. These farmers 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.

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

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, 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.