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Investing in rural people in Viet Nam

June 2022
This country fact sheet outlines IFAD’s strategy to eradicate poverty in Viet Nam, which focus on developing market-led innovations that aid poor people.

Research Series 85: Financing climate adaptation and resilient agricultural livelihoods

June 2022
Moving to a process that contributes to improving rather than endangering livelihoods is the challenge that climate change adaptation and resilience-building efforts currently face.

Research Series 84: Farmed animal production in tropical circular food systems

June 2022
In this review, the role of farmed animals in circular food systems in the tropics is presented in four case studies.

Research Series 83: The future of farming: who will produce our food?

June 2022
In this report, we highlight past trends and explore possible future trajectories of smallholder farming to predict who the farmers of the future are.

Research Series 82: Contributions of information and communication technologies to food systems transformation

June 2022
Using a food systems approach, this paper reviews existing evidence and discusses the conditions, rural population segments, and timelines needed to achieve desired outcomes.

Research Series 81: Food and water systems in semi-arid regions – case study: Egypt

June 2022
This paper explores the role of water in Egypt’s food system and the dilemma the country faces: raise food self-sufficiency by allocating freshwater resources from the Nile to food production, or rely on food imports from water-abundant regions worldwide.

Research Series 80: How can different types of smallholder commodity farmers be supported to achieve a living income?

June 2022
The paper finds that short- to medium-term interventions are most effective for improving the livelihoods of poor farmers, including food security and health, off-farm employment, and social assistance.

Research Series 79: The position of export crops banana and cocoa in food systems analysis with special reference to the role of certification schemes

June 2022
In this paper, the certification requirements and schemes of two export commodities—banana and cocoa—are discussed using food system analysis.

Agroecology: a holistic path towards sustainable food systems

June 2022
Agroecology applies ecological principles to agriculture and ensures a regenerative use of natural resources and ecosystem services, while addressing the need for socially equitable food systems in which people can choose what they eat and how it is produced.

Investing in rural people in Ethiopia

June 2022
IFAD’s strategy in Ethiopia focuses on providing smallholder farmers, pastoralists and agropastoralists with the critical assets they need to enhance productivity and resilience. These include natural resources, technology, finance, institutional capacity and access to markets.

JIT Policy Note on Resilient Systems: Moving Beyond the COVID-19 Crisis

May 2022
This Just-in-Time Policy Note examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Pakistan’s food system and provides recommendations on key policy actions and adjustments to make the food systems more resilient to future shocks.

Research Series 78: The Small and Medium Enterprises’ quiet revolution in the hidden middle of food systems in developing regions

May 2022
This paper explores the rise of SMEs in transforming food systems—from traditional, to transitional, to modern.

Research Series 77: The role of trade and policies in improving food security

May 2022
Developing competitive and inclusive food value chains requires domestic macroeconomic policies to improve the agricultural sector’s business environment and create outside opportunities, and sector-specific targeted measures to promote smallholder participation in competitive value chains by reducing market access costs.

Research Series Issue 76: Upscaling of traditional fermented foods to build value chains and to promote women entrepreneurship

May 2022
This paper explores how traditional processing of fermented foods can be scaled up while enhancing functional food properties and strengthening local value chains.

Engaging with the Private Sector in the Near East, North Africa, Europe and Central Asia: Learning lessons from the field

May 2022
This document offers insights into the challenges and opportunities of building public-private partnerships, and their potential to transform food systems in the region.

IFAD Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool: Briefing note on application and learning in Kenya and Eswatini

May 2022
This briefing note provides a background of the Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool and case studies from projects in Kenya and Eswatini.

Research Series Issue 75: Reverse thinking: taking a healthy diet perspective towards food systems transformations

May 2022
This paper argues that food systems transformation should incorporate a dietary perspective that is guided by information on diets, dietary trends, consumer motives, and the food environment characteristics.

Research Series 74: Women’s empowerment, food systems, and nutrition

May 2022
This background paper examines the linkages and interactions between women’s empowerment, food systems, and nutrition.

Research Series 73: Food systems and rural wellbeing: challenges and opportunities

May 2022
This paper provides a framework for assessing the dynamics of rural wellbeing and food systems change.

SAFIN Annual Progress Report 2021

May 2022
Greening our food systems to deliver healthier and more nutritious food sustainably cannot be done without financially empowered agricultural small and medium-sized enterprises (agri-SMEs).

IFAD’s response to the impacts of the war in Ukraine: A Crisis Response Initiative (CRI)

May 2022
This brief lays out the key elements of IFAD’s response to the global impacts of the war in Ukraine. Our goal is to protect the development gains and livelihoods of poor rural people, while reinforcing their resilience, focusing on the poorest and most affected countries.

Multiple roles of farmers’ and producers’ organizations in responding to the Covid-19 crisis

May 2022
Faced with a triple health, economic, and social crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic, Farmers’ Organizations (FOs) have been called on by members and partners to play a variety of roles in response to the crisis.

Research Series 72: Climate change and food system activities - a review of emission trends, climate impacts and the effects of dietary change

May 2022
This article reviews how food system activities contribute to climate change and how dietary changes affect food systems. It shows that while emissions from food production are increasing in most regions, emissions from land use change are decreasing.

Research Series 71: Urbanizing food systems: exploring opportunities for rural transformation

May 2022
This paper shows that while anticipated increases in food demand by 2050 can largely be met regionally, potential yield increases or diversification will not contribute automatically to inclusive rural transformation. Instead, urbanization may potentially increase rural inequality and poverty.  

Research Series 70: Do not transform food systems on the backs of the rural poor

May 2022
Although the importance of inclusion in food system transformation is gaining traction, this paper argues that recent research and discourse on the topic is insufficient and that specific actions are needed to ensure that this transformation does not take place on the backs of the rural poor.

Sustainable and resilient Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems for improved nutrition

May 2022
This toolbox provides guidelines on how to design and assess food biodiversity and dietary diversity projects with local communities, with the aim of improving the diets and nutrition of Indigenous Peoples.

Investing in rural people in Rwanda

April 2022
Since 1981, IFAD has financed 19 rural development programmes and projects in Rwanda, for a total amount of US$358.04 million, and directly benefiting about 1,540,157 rural households.

Investing in rural people in Kenya

April 2022
Since 1979, IFAD has invested US$455.09 million in 20 programmes and projects in Kenya (at a total cost of US$980.31 million), in support of the Government’s efforts to reduce rural poverty.

Policy brief: Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) - Indigenous peoples-driven development pathways

April 2022
This policy brief explains what FPIC is, how IFAD seeks FPIC, and examples of how IFAD and indigenous peoples are working together with FPIC.

Resilient Food Systems Programme Highlights 2021

April 2022
Resilient Food Systems (RFS) promotes a holistic approach to enhancing agricultural productivity and restoring degraded landscapes in smallholder farming systems. This report showcases the achievements and innovations of the programme across 12 countries in 2021.

Using GIS as a potential methodology to assess the spillover (indirect) effects of IFAD’s interventions

April 2022
This report documents how GIS methods and secondary data can be used as a complementary set of tools to conduct impact assessments when in-person interviews are not possible.

Côte d’Ivoire: Making small-scale farmers resilient to climate change

April 2022
The Agricultural Value Chains Development Programme (PADFA) seeks to improve post-harvest activities (packaging, storage, processing and marketing) for rice, vegetables, and mango in Côte d’Ivoire.

Nutrition Glossary

April 2022
This glossary provides standardized terms in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish in order to share knowledge and widen understanding of nutrition.

Transforming Food Systems: Directions for Enhancing the Catalytic Role of Donors

April 2022
Based on the work of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development over the last two years, this white paper presents a set of responses and priorities for donor engagement and a menu of options for future donor commitments.

Research Series 69: Structural and rural transformation and food systems: a quantitative synthesis for LMICs

April 2022
Using country-level data from 85 low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), this paper outlines a food systems index (FSI) and analyses the linkages between food systems and structural and rural transformation, as well as population distributions.

Research Series 68: Exploring a food system index for understanding food system transformation processes

April 2022
This paper explores the prospects for a food system index (FSI) capturing several key components that influence differences in food system performance at the country level.

Research Series 67: Towards food systems transformation – five paradigm shifts for healthy, inclusive and sustainable food systems

April 2022
This paper highlights five fundamental paradigm shifts that are required to overcome trade-offs and build synergies between health and nutrition, inclusive livelihoods, environmental sustainability, and food system resilience.

IFAD and the European Union: Partnering to transform rural realities

April 2022
This report looks at how the EU and IFAD have leveraged the partnership to develop new approaches that scale up actions to drive innovation in public-private sector partnerships, financing models, and pro-poor agricultural research, as well as supporting farmers’ networks.

How to do note: Integrating the Gender Action Learning System (GALS) in IFAD operations

March 2022
This note provides practical guidance on how to roll out the Gender Action Learning System (GALS) for IFAD-funded projects.

How to do note: Knowledge gap mapping

March 2022
This How-to-do note outlines how an internal knowledge gap mapping exercise can be put together to derive meaningful inferences.

Catalogue of Geospatial Tools and Applications for Climate Investments

March 2022
This catalogue features innovative geospatial tools and real life case studies from IFAD’s operations, to give a flavour of how and where IFAD uses such technology.

Investing in rural people in Madagascar

March 2022
Since 1979, IFAD has funded 17 rural development projects in Madagascar for a total of US$434.285 million. Four projects are currently ongoing.

The China-IFAD South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) Facility

March 2022
This flyer provides an overview of the Facility with highlights from ongoing projects.

Enhancing Engagement of Private Sector and Local Communities on Peatland Management: Innovative Policies and Monitoring System in Indonesia

March 2022
This brief describes how an IFAD-GEF project promotes sustainable peatland management, secure carbon stocks, and conservation of biodiversity, while improving the living standards of local communities.

Poverty alleviation and rural revitalization in post-2020 China - Challenges and recommendations

February 2022
This policy note discusses the challenges and opportunities for China to update its development model to reflect the new context. It suggests three priority areas and nine policy actions which China should focus on.

Challenges and perspectives in the food and agriculture sector in post-2020 China

February 2022
This policy note discusses how China could further advance its food and agricultural development model, making it greener, more sustainable, and more inclusive.

EvalForward

February 2022
EvalForward is a Community of Practice on Evaluation for Food Security, Agriculture and Rural Development.

IFAD Development Practices Community 

February 2022
The IFAD Development Practices Community shares ideas, good practices, tools and lessons to enhance the effectiveness of development projects and better address the needs of the people IFAD serves.

Water harvesting systems for smallholder producers, tips for selection and design

February 2022
This brief raises awareness about water harvesting systems and describes the design of water harvesting interventions. It aims to inform stakeholders on the assessment of water demand, water available for harvesting, and the selection of suitable water harvesting systems.

Stocktaking of Farmer Field Schools: Collective action, self-organization, and the role of farmers’ organizations in scaling up and institutionalizing FFS

February 2022
The Farmer Field School (FFS) approach is adopted in the vast majority of projects funded by IFAD in sub-Saharan Africa. Through this stocktaking, we analyse the extent to which the FFS approach helped peasant farmers engage in collective action, band together, and become more autonomous in responding to the problems they face.

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