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UN agency to expand its projects promoting family farming in North-eastern Brazil

Brasilia, 24 May 2016 –The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) presented today in Brasilia its new strategy for Brazil aimed at expanding IFAD-supported projects promoting family farming in north-eastern parts of the country.

Feeding the planet in the hands of rural youth

23 May 2016 – Making farming attractive for young people is crucial if we are to stem the growing number of young migrants who are fleeing lives of desperation, IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze told students today at the University of Gastronomic Sciences (UNISG) in Pollenzo, Italy.

Amid India's drought crisis, new ways of growing cotton helps small farmers

Date: 20 May 2016 More than three million farmers in India's Maharashtra state depend on cotton. In India, two consecutive years of weak monsoons have left some 330 million people — a quarter of the country — in the grip of drought.

We cannot keep jumping from crisis to crisis, IFAD’s Chief Strategist to tell world leaders in Istanbul

Rome, 19 May 2016 – With more than 60 million people across the world reeling from the drought caused by El Niño, Josefina Stubbs from the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), has a strong message for leaders gathering at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul next week.

Recovering lost traditions

Teófila Betancurth has spent over a decade fighting to preserve the traditional crops of her African and Latin American ancestors. Through the Chiyangua

Central America strengthens partnerships for policy dialogue on family farming

San Salvador, 18 May 2016 –Promoting pro-family farming policies in support of inclusive, democratic governance and poverty reduction are the objectives

Investing in rural development will stabilize African communities IFAD President tells Italy-Africa Ministerial Conference

Rome, 18 May 2016 – Recognizing that rural development plays a fundamental role in stabilizing communities and further reduces the impacts of climate change

Vice President of UN agency renews commitment to fighting poverty in rural Pakistan

Islamabad, 17 May 2016 – The Vice President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Michel Mordasini, arrives in Pakistan today to reaffirm the organization’s commitment to fighting rural poverty in the country. During his four-day visit, he will meet with government ministers and other development partners.

India and UN agency discuss ways to boost small-scale agriculture in rainfed areas

29 April 2016 –The Independent Office of Evaluation of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will present the findings and recommendations

Producing climate smart cassava in Mozambique

14 January 2016 – João Marcus Costa is a cassava farmer from Manjacaze, Mozambique. Like many Mozambican farmers, João's small cassava field used to face constant threats from drought, disease and pests.

Waiting for the rain

Kirehe, 27 April - In Rwanda, small farmers are being hit by a number of climate shocks including floods, droughts, intense rainfall and high winds.

Investments in agriculture can unlock untold prosperity in Africa – IFAD President tells leaders in Kigali this week

Rome, 9 May 2016 - While Africa is expected to experience its slowest growth rate this millennium, Kanayo Nwanze, the President of the UN’s International

IFAD Rome office receives top environmental award for green building leadership

When: Monday, 16 November 2015 – 16:00 Where: International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Via Paolo di Dono 42, Rome Kanayo Nwanze, President

The impact of what happens in a small African village can now be felt around the world, IFAD President tells meeting of Pope’s encyclical on the environment

 As Pope Francis began his first trip to Africa this week, the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo F. Nwanze

Transforming desert land into a profitable fruit oasis

25 September 2015 – It was only a few years ago that Wafaa Abu Shanab took a leap of faith and left the city, moving her family to the desert in West Noubaria,

AgTalks - William Otim-Nape: Dr. Cassava

In 2010, Times Magazine cited cassava as one of the most dangerous crops in the world, to be eaten at one's own risk if cooked improperly.

Cashing in on cows

The IFAD-supported Smallholder Dairy Commercialization Programme (SDCP) shows how investing in agriculture can transform lives and rural communities.

The importance of drinking water supplies for rural women

"A village hand pump or standpipe reduces the burden of water transport over long distances…" --Rural Povery Report, p. 97 THEME: Lack of convenient access

New IFAD-supported project tackles malnutrition and stunting in northern Laos

Vientiane, 29 April 2016– The UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic signed

Ten things to know about rural youth in West and Central Africa

West and Central Africa is a youthful region. The African Union defines youth from 15-35 years old, forming over 35% of total population. By 2020, it is projected that 3 out of 4 people, will be on average 20 years old. (African Union).

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