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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.

IFAD and Indonesia sign historic financial agreement to improve food security for smallholder farmers

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Indonesia signed a financial agreement today to fund a rural development project that will greatly improve access to water for irrigation and consequently improve food security, incomes and livelihoods for up to 24 million smallholder farmers. This is the largest project that IFAD has ever contributed to in its 40 years of operation.

Member States to appoint new IFAD President

Member states of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will gather next week to appoint the Fund’s new President.

Increasing the production of traditional crops in Brazil

A better life will soon be a reality for Adriana Pantaleón dos Santos, a 19-year-old from the Kirirí indigenous community of Marcação, Brazil. Since she started to work at the cassava processing unit, she is now able to save extra money so that she can study Medicine at the Federal University of Bahia, in Salvador.

Global Meeting of the Indigenous People Forum to be held at IFAD 10 and 13 February 2017

On Friday and Monday, 10th and 13th of February, the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) hosts the third Global Meeting of the Indigenous Peoples’ Forum.

New network aims to help bridge multi-billion-dollar financing gap in rural areas

Rome, 27 January 2017 – The establishment of a new network to help bridge the estimated US$150 billion financing gap that prevents small rural producers and businesses in developing countries from growing their operations and strengthening rural economies, was announced today.

Investing in the resilience of small farmers ensures food security and strengthens nations, IFAD President to tell leaders of Mozambique and Malawi

nvesting in the resilience of smallholder farmers is more important than ever if we are to maintain the food security gains now being threatened by the after effects of El Niño and La Niña.

US$13.3 million IFAD grant gives boost to food security, drought resilience and poverty reduction in Sudan

Some 128,000 people, including pastoralists, women and youth, will benefit from a new financial agreement between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Sudan aimed at intensifying an existing project’s efforts to improve livelihoods and resilience in the drought-prone Butana region.

IFAD to provide US$24 million to create new employment opportunities in Tunisia

Over 110,000 people in five of Tunisia’s districts in the Governorate of Siliana, home to some of the country's most disadvantaged people, will benefit from a financial agreement signed today between the United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Tunisia.

Billions needed to eradicate poverty and hunger – IFAD conference looks for new ways of financing

The world needs to take urgent action to mobilise the estimated US$265 billion a year needed to achieve the first two Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty and hunger by 2030, said Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) at last night’s opening of a conference focused on finding innovative ways to finance rural development.

New €12 million Agro Equity Impact Fund for Uganda launched

The European Union (EU), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) are working together to catalyse investment in the agriculture value chain with the launch today of the Yield Uganda Investment Fund. An initial €12 million (Ush 46 billion) has been made available to provide much needed access to capital for small and medium agri-businesses in Uganda.

Cuba to benefit from US$50 million project to revitalize the livestock sector and boost incomes and employment

Promoting the sustainable growth of the livestock sector to raise incomes and provide employment opportunities to families in livestock cooperatives is the aim of a financial agreement signed today between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Cuba.

IFAD and Djibouti sign agreement to tackle Djiboutis problem of thirst in rural areas

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Djibouti today signed a financial agreement to address the serious impact of water scarcity facing Djibouti's rural people.

Combatting water scarcity is an economic decision, not a technological problem - IFAD to tell agriculture ministers

While technologies may exist to ensure poor, developing-world farmers can access the water they need to grow enough food for their communities and countries, governments need to invest in them, said Perin Saint Ange, the Associate Vice-President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) en route to the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) in Berlin, Germany.

Evaluación independiente concluye que las operaciones apoyadas por el FIDA en Nicaragua aportan valiosa contribución al desarrollo rural

Los proyectos de desarrollo apoyados por el Fondo Internacional de Desarrollo Agrícola (FIDA) en Nicaragua han sido eficaces para mejorar los medios de subsistencia de la población rural pobre y fortalecer sus sistemas de producción de alimentos, según la evaluación de la estrategia y el programa en el país presentada hoy en Managua por la Oficina de Evaluación Independiente del FIDA.

IFAD presidential candidates meet with Member States

Member States of the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) had their first opportunity to meet with candidates vying to be the Fund’s next President.

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