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Sowing the seeds of progress – one woman’s story

Rekha Pandram, 34, is a Gond woman who has transformed the lives of more than 7,500 women and their families across 40 villages in the Dindori district of Madhya Pradesh, India.

UN’s Rome-based agencies team up to fight hunger and support rural development in Madagascar

The UN’s three Rome-based agencies demonstrated the power of working together yesterday when staff from the Madagascar interagency country team were recognized for their work to promote rural resilience and boost food security on the island nation off the east coast of Africa.

UN’s Rome-based agencies team up to fight hunger and support rural development in Madagascar

The UN’s three Rome-based agencies demonstrated the power of working together yesterday when staff from the Madagascar interagency country team were recognized for their work to promote rural resilience and boost food security on the island nation off the east coast of Africa.

UN food agencies highlight successful collaboration in the field

In an example of how the UN's three Rome-based food agencies are stronger working as one, staff from the Madagascar interagency country team were today recognized for their work to promote rural resilience and boost food security in the African island nation.

IFAD to provide US$43 million to Viet Nam to raise rural incomes and increase resilience to climate change

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Viet Nam signed a financial agreement today to raise incomes and the living standards of 30,000 rural households in the north-east of the country.

Guyana to benefit from US$8 million IFAD loan to reduce rural poverty and boost food security

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Guyana signed a financial agreement today to transform the lives of 30,000 people in Guyana’s hinterland, the area of the country most affected by climate change.

IFAD to provide US$24.3 million to improve integration of family farmers into new value chains in Argentina

Improving sustainable integration of small-scale producers into emerging value chains is the aim of a financial agreement signed here today between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Argentina.

South Africa will only eradicate poverty if rural youth participate equally in the economy, says IFAD report

Government policies that bring rural young people into the economic mainstream are essential for South Africa’s sustainable development, according to a global report by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Dream weaver in Guatemala

In remote rural areas of developing countries, women are often relegated to house chores or on-farm labour because of a lack of literacy and numeracy skills.

UN agencies in Rome step up on gender equality to end hunger and poverty

Leaders from the three UN Rome-based agencies today marked International Women’s Day by reinforcing their commitments to step up efforts to invest in the capacities of rural women as key agents of change in building a world without hunger.

Building a life after conflict

Rénilde Buhembe, 54, is a mother of three (two girls and a boy) who lives in the village of Rwingiri in Gitega province in central Burundi. She was widowed at age 18 and when in 1993, civil war broke out, she took in three more little boys who had lost their parents in the conflict.

Independent evaluation shows IFAD-supported programme in Mozambique led to poverty alleviation

Development projects supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) contributed to raising the incomes of poor smallholder farmers and their families in parts of rural Mozambique, according to the findings of a new evaluation report presented today in Maputo.

IFAD and Cambodia to increase smallholder farmers’ incomes by expanding market opportunities

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Cambodia signed a financial agreement today to fund a rural development project that aims to increase incomes for 75,000 smallholder farming households by expanding commercial agricultural markets and developing links between producers, buyers and service providers.

Only targeted policies focused on rural people will eliminate poverty in South Africa, says IFAD report

You are cordially invited to attend the presentation of the Rural Development Report 2016: Fostering inclusive Rural Transformation

Mozambique and United Nations agency to discuss ways of reducing rural poverty

Media are invited to attend a national workshop to hear conclusions from an independent evaluation of the IFAD-supported country strategy and programme in Mozambique. The evaluation, conducted by IFAD's Independent Office of Evaluation, included six rural development projects implemented between 2010 and 2016 and amounting to an investment of US$237 million.

Development should consider indigenous cultures and their relationship to the earth, says Pope Francis in meeting with delegation from IFAD

Rome, 15 February 2017 - In a private meeting with indigenous peoples’ representatives, Pope Francis stressed the need to reconcile development, both social and cultural, with the protection of indigenous peoples and their territories, "especially when planning economic activities that may interfere with their cultures and their ancestral relationship to the earth," he said.

No ocean wide enough, no fence high enough to keep out desperate people, says IFAD President at opening of Rome conference

Rome, 14 February 2017 – Describing rural development as a “moral obligation,” Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), made his final appeal to governments on behalf of poor rural people across the globe at today’s opening of IFAD’s 40th Governing Council.

Former Prime Minister of Togo to head United Nations rural poverty agency

Rome, 14 February 2017 – Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, former Prime Minister of Togo, has been appointed as the sixth President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized United Nations agency and international financial institution that invests in eradicating rural poverty in developing countries around the world.

Climate-smart agricultural research center to partner with UN’s rural investment agency to increase food security in rural areas

Rome, 13 February 2017 – A statement of intent between the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) promises to boost resilience to climate change and improve the livelihoods of thousands of smallholder farmers around the world.

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