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UN agency calls for targeted policies and investments to end rural poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean

Mexico City, 29 September 2016 - Economic growth is not enough to eliminate poverty in rural areas of Latin America and the Caribbean, says a new report

IFAD renews commitment to rural prosperity in China with strategic $152 million programme

Beijing, 20 October 2016 – The Associate Vice-President and Head of Programmes of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Perin Saint

Green Climate Fund accredits IFAD as a partner agency

Rome, 18 October 2016 – Climate change is one of the most persistent threats facing smallholder farmers. Rising global temperatures and the subsequent changes in weather patterns endanger agricultural production and rural infrastructure that provide livelihoods for over 2 billion people.

IFAD calls on governments in Asia and Pacific to focus on targeted policies and investments to end rural poverty

New Delhi, 17 October 2016 - Governments need targeted policies and investments that focus on agricultural development that is sustainable, raises wages and creates off-farm jobs in rural areas, says a new report to be presented today by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

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.

World Food Day: As the climate changes, food and agriculture must change too

Oct 14, 2016 - To mark this year’s World Food Day, IFAD joins the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) today to highlight the impact of climate change on rural communities in developing countries.

Rural women have a lot to gain from the new Global Goals

Rural women make up about a quarter of the world's population and are disproportionately affected by the realities of poverty, food insecurity and poverty.

UN agency signs $23.8 million agreement to promote rural development in Paraguay

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Paraguay today signed a financing agreement to promote rural development in the country by strengthening family farmers’ and indigenous peoples’ organizations.

Financing for young farmers in the Republic of Moldova

Young women and men in rural areas of the Republic of Moldova are making good use of advantageous credit lines and other benefits offered by an IFAD supported project.

Increasing prosperity for the rural poor in Asia and the Pacific by 2030

Countries of Asia and the Pacific region (APR) have experienced rapid growth and poverty reduction over the last 25 years. Both the service and manufacturing industries have provided a large increase in employment opportunities across the region. But in spite of the rapid urbanization , more than half of the region’s population still lives in rural areas, and most are engaged in agriculture.

Empowering rural youth in West and Central Africa

Projections indicate that Africa will remain predominantly rural until about 2035. Rural poverty remains deep and widespread, concentrated among young people and women in the region.

Member States to nominate candidates for next IFAD President

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Appointment of the President of IFAD

The President of IFAD is appointed for four years with a two-term limit. The current President of IFAD is , whose second term ends on 31 March 2017. In

Farmer Field School in Tonga continues to break new ground in the Pacific for training young farmers

More than 20 farmers from ‘Eua Island in Tonga recently graduated from a Farmer Field School –in the Pacific to teach young farmers how to grow and sell more food with certified training.

Realizing the promise and potential of agriculture in East and Southern Africa

The fact that agriculture has the ability to transform lives in Africa has been well documented. Agriculture accounts for 24 per cent of GDP across Africa, and agribusinesses 20 per cent. In the East and Southern Africa (ESA) region investments in agriculture have led to socio-economic development that can be viewed as optimistic.

United Nations agencies in Rome vow to take forward zero hunger challenge

NEW YORK, 22 September 2016 – The heads of the Rome-based food and agriculture agencies today thanked United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for

Growing forced displacement crisis impacts over 65 million people worldwide

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the current global crisis of forced displacement has affected an unprecedented 65 million people worldwide. More than one-third of the displaced – or 22.2 million – are in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region.

Efforts to achieve zero hunger in the implementation of the sustainable development agenda highlighted at UN General Assembly

NEW YORK – Galvanizing the transformations needed to make Zero Hunger a reality and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals will be at the center of

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