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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 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...