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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...