Enabling poor rural people
to overcome poverty

Recipes for Change: Space Food

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?

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.

Methane released from cow dung is 22 times more harmful than carbon dioxide. But this very same methane can also be used for good. A new African invention is cheaply and simply turning this dung into gas for cooking - and at the same time, changing people's lives.