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IFAD and Indonesia to tackle rural poverty issues at high-level Indonesia-Pacific Forum

Agriculture ministers and high-level government representatives from Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu are attending the Indonesia-Pacific Forum today at the Grand Hyatt, Jakarta, to discuss rural development gains and rural poverty challenges in the region. International development experts and partners will also participate. The event is hosted by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Ministry for National Development Planning and the Ministry of Finance, Indonesia.

Searching for a better way to farm

With her granddaughter in hand, Ruth Stephen Chileshe proudly shows off the large iron-roofed brick house she recently built selling maize, cassava, beans and ground nuts from her small farm in rural Zambia. Only 10 meters down the pathway stands the remnants of her old and much smaller home.

As hunger threat grows across Africa, IFAD President visits Japan this week to strengthen work in the affected region

Gilbert Houngbo, the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), will travel to Japan this week to meet with senior officials at the Foreign Affairs, Finance and Agriculture ministries to discuss ways to strengthen their shared work to reduce poverty while increasing food and nutrition security in Africa.

Rural poor people in Madagascar strengthen resilience through land tenure

In western Madagascar, IFAD-supported projects have been helping people in rural areas gain legal rights to their land – a key tactic in the fight against poverty.

Boosting nutrition one TV show at a time in Laos

In rural communities in northern Laos, an IFAD supported programme is using a television soap opera to help tackle extreme poverty and malnutrition.

Almonds and apricots flower on once-barren land

Family farmers in the West Bank are growing high value crops such as almonds and apricots on once-barren hillsides, seeing their incomes rise by 80 per cent or more. About 36,000 people have taken part in an IFAD-funded natural resource management programme, which prioritized terracing, fencing, irrigation, rock removal and other techniques to reclaim and rehabilitate land.

Reducing rice imports helps smallholder farmers in Nigeria

An IFAD-supported programme in Nigeria is helping to reduce dependence on imported rice and strengthening the access of smallholder farmers to local markets.

Inclusive rural transformation is a central pillar to eliminate poverty in Brazil, says IFAD report

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Native fruits fuel rural development in Brazil

Wild and local fruits, such as umbu (Spondias tuberosa), passionfruit and guava, are fuelling the growth of a prosperous cooperative led by women in a remote area of north-eastern Brazil.

IFAD meets with El Salvador Ministers to promote rural development to curb youth migration

Senior officials of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will meet with the government of El Salvador to discuss strengthening their partnership to help thousands of families build a better life for themselves and for young people seeking opportunities in rural areas.

Zambia to benefit from US$22.2 million from IFAD to boost food security and nutrition and increase incomes of smallholder farmers

Over 61,000 smallholder farmers will benefit from a financial agreement signed today between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Zambia to increase the incomes and food and nutrition security of rural households. The project will promote market-oriented agriculture and focus particularly on women and young people.

Canada provides cad$50m for unique 5-year integrated resilience program by UN agencies

The United Nations’ food and agriculture agencies are embarking on an unprecedented joint programme to work with vulnerable communities in three crisis-prone areas over five years to meet their immediate food needs and boost their resilience, while addressing the root causes of food insecurity.

Senior IFAD officials to promote development in earthquake-stricken rural region of Ecuador

A year after a major earthquake left more than 20,000 rural people homeless, officials of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will meet with ministers and other government officials to renew IFAD's commitment to supporting rural economic development and improvement of the lives of poor rural people. Périn Saint Ange, IFAD Associate Vice-President, arrives in Ecuador today with the message that alongside immediate disaster relief, long-term development is crucial to rebuilding lives.

IFAD to invest $33 million in smallholder agribusiness partnerships in Sri Lanka

The International Fund for Agricultural Development and Government of Sri Lanka signed a financing agreement today that will help 57,500 poor rural households in Sri Lanka increase their incomes and food security by expanding livelihood and business opportunities in agriculture.

Post offices are key to scaling up remittances and financial inclusion in Uganda

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Postbank of Uganda (PBU) and Posta Uganda signed a grant agreement today aimed at expanding the role of postal networks in the delivery of remittances and access to financial inclusion across the country.

International Day of Family Remittances: IFAD President calls for more support of the families of migrants to help them build a more secure future

Marking the third International Day of Family Remittances on June 16, the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) reminded more than 400 policymakers, private-sector stakeholders and civil-society representatives of the key role they play to support the more than 200 million migrants who send money home.

Migrants send home 51 per cent more money than a decade ago lifting millions out of poverty, says new report

The amount of money migrants send to their families in developing countries has risen by 51 per cent over the past decade - far greater than the 28 per cent increase in migration from these countries, according to a new report released by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) today.

Smallholder farmers bring high value to their crops in Nepal

Piyola Oli is a farmer in western Nepal. One of her main challenges is access to quality seeds. Through the IFAD-supported High-Value Agriculture Project in Hill and Mountain Areas project, Oli has learned how to produce good quality onion seeds from her own produce and her income has increased considerably.

Information technologies can improve the lives of rural poor people in developing countries

echnology and development experts attended a two-day international conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Evaluation (ICT4Eval) today at IFAD headquarters in Rome.

New report shows 51 per cent increase in money migrants sent home over last decade, with US as top sending country

Press launch on 14 June in New York: this Report is the first-ever study of ten-year trends in migration and remittance flows and shows regional breakdowns over the period 2007-2016. Its analysis and recommendations set the stage for discussions at the Global Forum on Remittances, Investment and Development 2017, taking place on 15-16 June at UN Headquarters in New York. The Forum is organized by IFAD, the World Bank and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA).

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