Eradicating rural poverty is one of the first steps to fighting desertification
Land degradation – often caused by human activities such as overcultivation of soil, deforestation, overgrazing and population growth – affects more than one billion people and 40 per cent of the Earth’s
surface.When this degradation occurs in the drylands where the earth is particularly fragile, rainfall is minimal and weather is harsh, desertification results.
Desertification directly affects the lives of more than 650 million people in 110 countries. Contrary to popular belief, desertification is a process that can often be reversed.There are many ways of combating desertification, including applying appropriate land-use technologies and water-use strategies. However, one of the most effective methods of combating desertification is by eradicating poverty.
Potenciar la capacidad de acción de los pobres de las zonas rurales mediante el acceso a la tierra
IFAD in Turkey
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) supports the Turkish Government’s poverty-reduction policy, which gives priority to the development of economically depressed regions. In remote areas, particularly in mountainous regions, the lack of physical and social infrastructure, such as roads, schools and hospitals, exacerbates the isolation of rural people.
IFAD–funded projects help rural poor people overcome economic, physical, intellectual and social isolation. IFAD loans support projects that help rural poor people, particularly women, improve their living conditions and overcome poverty.
Enabling the rural poor to overcome their poverty
Through low-interest loans and grants, it develops and finances programmes and projects that enable poor rural people to overcome poverty themselves.
IFAD and NGOs - Dynamic partnership to fight rural poverty
Farmer Agricultural Credit Project in Bangladesh.
In 1976, an NGO, led by Professor Mohammed Yunus of Chattagong University, started an innovative
approach to credit delivery to the rural poor, especially to women and the landless, in a single village. The formation
and training of small groups through which loans were provided was a central feature of the initiative.
Mobile credit officers brought the service to the villagers, and effective supervision of loan recoveries ensured
repayment rates of close to 98%.