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Why are rural youth leaving farming?

Unemployment for youth is a growing concern in Africa. Youth account for 60 per cent of all unemployed, according to the World Bank. 6 April, Rome – Rural

International Day of Rural Women: Empowering women to transform rural areas

On the occasion of the International Day of Rural Women (15 October 2016), IFAD celebrates women and girls in rural areas and the vital role that they play in their families, their communities and their countries.

Stewards of biodiversity adapt to a changing climate

Local varieties grown in the programme area. Clockwise from top: hands holding yellow maize, white maize and bambara groundnuts Zimbabwe: Scaling up People's

Francoise Haova: funeral brings destitution

Francoise Haova is a 66-year old widow who lives in Tanandava, in Androy, southern Madagascar. Some of her children have migrated for work; some of her

Williams Serafin Novoa Lizardo: crops blighted by disease

Williams Serafin Novoa Lizardo is 20 and the last but one of 12 siblings, of whom the oldest is 48. He lives with his farmer parents in Ramos, Santa Rosa,

Suzanne Tsovalae: belief in commerce

"We do everything we can not to slip into poverty," says Suzanne Tsovalae, aged 23, of Tanandava, in Androy, southern Madagascar. She describes how she

Reducing hunger while promoting local foods

25 September 2015 – It is early in the morning and Coumba Ndoffen Sene and his family are eating breakfast in the Niakhar village in Senegal. Today, there's

Li Guimin: interview transcript

Li Guimin is a farmer and businesswoman living in Donghao village, Qinglong Man autonomous county, Hebei province, China. She was aged 50 when she was

Reducing hunger through agricultural cooperatives

An IFAD-funded project teach farmersin El Salvador how to develop a viable business and marketing plan, and identify needs for technical assistance.