Enabling poor rural people
to overcome poverty

Zanzibar: Equality through education

Not that long ago on Zanzibar island, you would never have seen a woman earning her own income or making decisions in the home. Now, through education, women have found equality in their work, homes and communities.

The land and climate in northern Mozambique make it an agricultural goldmine and farmers should be making a lot of money selling their surplus produce. So why are most of them just scraping by? The key is to start thinking of farming as a business.

In a region where women still struggle to close the gender gap, Morocco stands out. In the past ten years it has enacted laws to eliminate discrimination against women and guarantee gender equality. But how do these laws make a difference in remote rural areas? It could be as simple as buying two sheep.

In 2014, migrant workers living in Europe sent home US$109.4 billion in remittances, providing a lifeline to more than 150 million people around the world, according to the report "Sending Money Home: European flows and markets" released by IFAD.

Many Senegalese rely on expensive, imported food. But a simple idea of eating what you grow has changed the lives of 250,000 people. It has not only significantly reduced the hungry season, but it has also provided jobs for thousands of people.

Kenya's milk consumption is the highest in the developing world. And with demand for milk increasing, this 'white gold' has the potential to lift more than a million farmers out of poverty.

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.