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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 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...