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Welcome to Roots, the Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE) podcast for rural communities.

Personal stories of people who participate in IFAD-funded projects evaluated independently allow us to stop, reflect and see what is working well, what is not, why, and what needs to be corrected.

Beneficiaries' voices are references to improve projects intended to promote an inclusive and sustainable rural development.

IOE listens to these voices and disseminates them through Roots, a podcast produced for a broader audience to share knowledge and learning amongst rural communities around the world.

Roots travels with evaluators to IFAD-supported projects that help to change the lives of rural people and communities, bringing you a new voice from a different place on our planet once a month.

IOE invites radio broadcasters to use our podcasts in their schedules of programmes.

Roots in Surkhet, Nepal - Increasing agricultural productivity of smallholder farmers

Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD · Roots in Surkhet, Nepal - Increasing agricultural productivity of smallholder farmers Turmeric and ginger have many health benefits and have been consumed...

Roots in Kordofan and Sinnar, Sudan – Improving vulnerable women’s access to financial services and markets

Sudan has faced substantial changes in recent years. With important human, oil and land resources lost, growth has faltered, and poverty and undernourishment have worsened. The main challenges for...

Roots in Palapye, Botswana – Building a sustainable agriculture sector

Botswana is a landlocked country in Southern Africa with one of the world’s fastest growing economies; however, following the global economic downturn in 2008, there is concern over the long-term...

Roots in Tungurahua and Bolivar, Ecuador – Supporting the production and sale of cereal, fruits and vegetables

In rural Ecuador, agricultural communities work collectively to produce food for their families and to increase household income. Good food production requires infrastructure and knowledge that...

Roots in Koinadugu, Sierra Leone – Improving the lives of rural people affected by climate change

Sierra Leone is one of the most vulnerable countries hit by the adverse effects of climate change. The change in weather patterns, reflected by fluctuating levels of rainfall, has a hugely negative...

Roots expert series - Inclusive Financial Services

Access to financial services is an important component of the inclusive rural transformation agenda for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Since 1981, IFAD has financed...

Roots expert series - Evaluating support to pro-poor value chain development

A value chain is the full range of activities – including design, production, and distribution – required to bring a product or service from conception to its final market destination. This topic...

Roots expert series – Impact evaluation of the Food Security and Development Support Project in the Maradi Region in Niger

Niger covers a landlocked tract of the Sahel north of Nigeria. With a poverty rate of 49 per cent, it is one of the poorest nations in the world. This month, Roots spoke with Michael Carbon, Senior...

Roots in Cayo, Belize – Supporting rural people through financial services

"I started by saving a little money", said Amelia Catalan. Amelia grows potatoes for a living in the department of Cayo, in western Belize. After joining a credit union, her activity and living...

Roots in Kalawana and Ratnapura, Sri Lanka - Supporting business opportunities and partnerships in the agriculture and plantation sectors

Derived from the sap of the fishtail palm that grows widely all over Sri Lanka, kithul syrup is used as a sweetener in Sri Lankan cuisine. Pradeep lives in a small village of farmers in Kalawana...

Roots in Zacatecas, Mexico – Medicinal plants

Medicinal plants have been used for millennia across the world to heal all kinds of diseases. Today medical sciences have made great progress due to these plants. Fortunately, they have not...

Roots' interview on country strategy and programme evaluation in Tunisia (In Arabic)

Over the last 15 years, Tunisia has made great progress in reducing rural poverty. IFAD has been working in partnership with the Government since 1980 to improve the living conditions of rural...

Roots in Kalikot and Rukum, Nepal – Credit-based cooperatives' support to rural populations

Nepal is a landlocked country with a rich diversity of ethnicities and cultures and home to Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. In this episode Roots visited the Western Uplands...

Roots in Coahuila, Mexico – The production of Candelilla

Sandra and Isidra live in the state of Coahuila, in northern Mexico. The economy of this area mainly relies on the production of Candelilla, a plant that lives in the desert and finds its main use...

Roots' interview on evaluation synthesis on fisheries

Fisheries and aquaculture are extremely relevant to IFAD's mandate, as fish and other sea products are essential for a balanced diet. The sector employs 190 million people in the world, of whom 90...

Roots in Nakuru, Kenya – Dairy farming

David Kamgoro, a father of six, is a dairy farmer who lives in Nakuru County in Kenya. He found in dairy farming a stable source of income, which has even allowed him to pay school fees for his...

Roots in Ferké and Nahoulakaha, Côte d’Ivoire – Agricultural productivity

Koné lives in the small village of Ferké in the North-East of Côte d'Ivoire and is Vice-President of an agricultural association. At the time of the creation of the association, he encountered...

Roots in Namasigüe, Honduras – Cashew production

Cashews are popular throughout the world for their nutritional value and delicious taste. In Namasigüe, Honduras, María de los Santos Muñoz leads a women's cooperative that processes the pulp and...

Roots in Toledo and Stann Creek, Belize - Financial services

Hilaria Choco became part of a credit union to finance access to electricity for her family. She lives in Aguacate, a remote village in the district of Toledo. Her children made good use of...

Roots in Peru's High Rainforest – Rural communities

Elsa Vargas de Del Castillo produces plantain flour in Peru's High Rainforest. Not far from her, also in San Martin's region, Nancy Guerrero breeds guinea pigs. These activities have allowed them...