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Weather Index-based Insurance in agricultural development: a technical guide

November 2011
Poor rural people in developing countries are vulnerable to a range of risks and constraints that impede their socio-economic development. Weather risk, in particular, is pervasive in agriculture.

Enhancing market transparency

November 2011
G20 leaders, meeting at their Seoul Summit in November 2010, requested FAO, IFAD, IMF, OECD, UNCTAD, WFP, the World Bank and the WTO to work with key stakeholders “to develop options for G20 consideration on how to better mitigate and manage the risks associated with the price volatility of food and other agriculture commodities, without distorting market behaviour, ultimately to protect the most vulnerable.” This mandate was part of a comprehensive Multi-Year Action Plan for Development, of which food security was one theme among several including infrastructure, human resource development, trade, private investment and job creation, and growth with resilience.

Building and operating a mini-hatchery - sand method

September 2011
The manual is aimed at both extension agents and backyard poultry rearers and describes: • How to make a sand-type mini-hatchery; • How to collect and select fertile eggs; • How to place the eggs in the incubator; • The day-to-day operation of the hatchery; and • How to handle chicks or ducklings as they hatch.

IFAD Decision Tools for Rural Finance

March 2010
The objective of IFAD Decision Tools for Rural Finance is to provide decision-making support for the IFAD country programme managers (CPMs), consultants, project staff and technical advisers who develop and implement rural finance projects. Built on the IFAD Rural Finance Policy (RFP) (IFAD 2009), as well as other good practice guides, this knowledge management tool is designed to help identify and answer the questions that arise in each rural finance project, provide background on key issues, define common terms, highlight risks and opportunities, and provide references for further investigation.

The potential for scale and sustainability in weather index insurance for agriculture and rural livelihoods

March 2010
Risk is inherent in agriculture. Farmers face a variety of market and production risks that make their incomes unstable and unpredictable from year to year.

Guidance Notes for institutional analysis in rural development programmes: an overview

March 2009
Guidance notes for institutional analysis in rural development programmes provides a synthesis of the training materials developed as part of the Institutional Analysis (IA) methodology. They propose that we rethink how we conceptualize and promote institutional change, particularly for pro-poor service delivery. They provide a framework and the analytical tools for designing programmes and projects that feature implementation modalities based on some of the core principles of good governance, focusing on “pro-poor governance” and systemic sustainability at the micro and meso levels.

Institutional and organizational analysis for pro-poor change: meeting IFAD's millennium challenge - A sourcebook

June 2008
As part of its obligations undertaken to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, IFAD committed itself to enabling the rural poor to help themselves out of poverty by increasing theirorganizational capacity to influence institutions of relevance to rural poverty reduction (policies, laws and regulations). As a result, IFAD has embarked upon a process to strengthen its own organizational competencies in institutional analysis and dialogue. This sourcebook is an attempt to complement and further this process. It has been written keeping in mind the needs of country programme managers, as well as consultants working with IFAD.

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