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IFAD's 2015 Gender Awards: Meet the winners
Rome, 30 November 2015 – On 25 November, in honour of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, IFAD hosted its third annual Gender Awards to celebrate five best-performing IFAD-supported projects that are making a real difference to women’s lives.
Haiti: Sharing knowledge across the border with the Dominican Republic
The border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic is a poor region, but it is critically important to both countries. On the Haitian side, in particular, there is substantial yet unexploited economic potential.
Exporting vegetables: a new challenge for Guatemalan indigenous women
In the central highlands of Guatemala, indigenous rural families depend primarily on the land to make a living. The project Productive Capacity Building for Mujeres Cuatro Pinos, has worked with a cooperative made up of 275 indigenous women producers and their families, to diversify their income sources and improve their livelihoods.
Empowering communities to innovate for rural development
Over the last 15 years, IFAD-funded development projects in the Southern Highlands of Peru have generated considerable knowledge, experience and good practices on empowering poor rural people and their associations. They have raised the interest of other IFAD and external practitioners and a high demand for knowledge sharing. Yet, the processes and methods that made these results possible remain poorly understood.
Rural transformation in Sierra Leone: Meeting the challenges of fragility and Ebola
Even before the Ebola crisis, Sierra Leone was a fragile state. At the time the outbreak hit in May 2014, the country had been slowly recovering from a brutal 10-year civil war that left hundreds of thousands internally displaced.
Equal rights begin in the home: household mentoring in Uganda
Household mentoring is an innovative tool that provides the skills and knowledge that enable poor families to improve their well-being and incomes. And, as an IFAD-supported programme in Uganda has shown, it also promotes greater equality and shared decision-making among household members.
Moses Abukari, Regional Programme Manager
Growing up in Ghana, I could not fathom why some people were less privileged than others. I yearned for an opportunity where I could support underprivileged people in and beyond my country.
Rana Al Saadi, Arabic Senior Translator/Reviser
As a Syrian translator/interpreter based in Damascus, I was not really aware of the pockets of extreme poverty in some of the rural areas of the country. I was recruited as a freelancer to accompany an Evaluation Committee mission to Jabal Alhus where IFAD financed a development project.
What can you do about a vanishing nation?
For the people of Kiribati, who live on narrow strips of land about the width of a city block just two metres above sea level, rising levels is a trend that spells disaster.
Pascaline Bampoky: interview transcript
LPascaline Bampoky is a farmer and entrepreneur living in Bignona village, Casamance province, Senegal. She was aged 30 when she was interviewed on 11
Safiétou Goudiaby: interview transcript
Safiétou Goudiaby is a farmer living in Kagnarou village, Casamance province, Senegal. She was about 70 years old when she was interviewed on 20 November
Oumar Diédhiou: interview transcript
Oumar Diédhiou is a farmer living in Badiana village, Casamance province, Senegal. He was aged 22 when he was interviewed on 25 April 2010 for the Rural
Bintou Sambou: interview transcript
Bintou Sambou lives in Bignona village, Casamance province, Senegal. She was aged 45 when she was interviewed on 5 December 2009 for the Rural Poverty
Bakary Diédhiou: interview transcript
Bakary Diédhiou lives in Tenghory village, Casamance province, Senegal. He was aged 60 when he was interviewed on 6 December 2009 for the Rural Poverty
Abibatou Goudiaby: interview transcript
Abibatou Goudiaby lives in Kagnarou, Casamance province, Senegal. She was aged 21 when she was interviewed on 26 April 2010 for the Rural Poverty Report
Abdoulaye Badji: interview transcript
Abdoulaye Badji is a farmer living in Sindian village, Casamance province, Senegal. He was aged 50 when he was interviewed on 4 December 2009 for the Rural
José del Carmen Portocarrero Santillán: small harvests
José del Carmen Portocarrero Santillán is 82 and has spent most of his life as a farmer in the Peruvian village of Ramos in the Amazonas region – like
José del Carmen Portocarrero Santillán: interview transcript
José del Carmen Portocarrero Santillán is a farmer living in the village of Ramos in the province of Rodríguez of Mendoza, Amazonas region, Peru. He was
Elsa Espinoza Delgado: interview transcript
Elsa Espinoza Delgado is a student who was aged 23 when she was interviewed on 30 November 2009 for the Rural Poverty Report 2011. The interview was conducted
Elsa Espinoza Delgado: promoting youth leadership
Elsa Espinoza Delgado comes from the town of Copallin, in the Peruvian province of Bagua. Her father is a farmer of rice and cocoa. Life was no "golden
Doris Consuelo Sánchez Santillán: interview transcript
Doris Consuelo Sánchez Santillán is a businesswoman living in the small town of Cheto in Chachapoyas province, Amazonas region, Peru. She was aged 36 when
Doris Consuelo Sánchez Santillán: supporting women through business
Doris Consuelo Sánchez Santillán, 36 years old, lives in Cheto, Chachapoyas province, Peru, where she runs a successful small business making and selling
Williams Serafin Novoa Lizardo: interview transcript
Williams Serafin Novoa Lizardo is a farmer living in the village of Ramos in the province of Rodríguez of Mendoza, Amazonas region, Peru. He was aged 20
Williams Serafin Novoa Lizardo: crops blighted by disease
Williams Serafin Novoa Lizardo is 20 and the last but one of 12 siblings, of whom the oldest is 48. He lives with his farmer parents in Ramos, Santa Rosa,
Eliany Portocarrero Novoa: interview transcript
Eliany Portocarrero Novoa is a student from the village of Ramos in the province of Rodríguez of Mendoza, Amazonas region, Peru. She was aged 15 when she
Eliany Portocarrero Novoa: concern for the environment
Eliany Portocarrero Novoa, aged 15, comes from a peasant farming family in the village of Ramos in the Amazonas region of Peru and is a weekly boarder
Shazia Bibi: interview transcript
Shazia Bibi lives in Akhoon Bandi village, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. She was in her mid-thirties when she was interviewed on 16 November 2009 for
Shazia Bibi: the many costs of illness
Shazia Bibi, in her mid-thirties and a mother of three, lives in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, where she and her husband are small farmers. Much of her
Salma Bibi: interview transcript
Salma Bibi lives in Akhoon Bandi village, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. She was aged 20 when she was interviewed on 25 April 2010 for the Rural Poverty
Salma Bibi: working collectively
"Every girl in the village knows only tailoring," says 20-year-old Salma Bibi of Akhoon Bandi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Salma left school after primary