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Tackling food loss for sustainable food systems

September 2022 - BLOG
Reducing food losses makes food systems more sustainable. Although the exact causes are different for every crop and in every country, there are plenty of avenues to prevent, detect, and reverse these losses.

A decade of progress for small-scale farmers in Cuba

September 2022 - BLOG
Marking ten years in Cuba, IFAD’s Country Director met small-scale farmers and partners to discuss progress made and what is yet to be done.

The perfect weekend away in rural Bangladesh

September 2022 - BLOG
Discover hidden gems in rural Bangladesh with two IFAD colleagues as they visit a community-led eco-tourism project that has transformed the area.

What everyone was talking about at UNGA77

September 2022 - BLOG
The trending topic at UNGA this year was the escalation of the war in Ukraine. But the topic IFAD’s Alberto Trillo Barca heard discussed most in the halls and lifts of UN HQ in New York was food security and the global food crisis.

Hungry caterpillars threaten Kenya's crops. Can plants provide a natural pest control solution?

September 2022 - BLOG
Kenyan farmers and their crops face a tiny but destructive threat: the fall armyworm. With climate change causing more infestations, push-pull technologies are a sustainable and affordable way of naturally controlling pest numbers. Find out how this simple but effective technology works.

Weathering the storm: How finance provides a lifeline for SMEs in times of crisis

August 2022 - BLOG
The impacts of the war in Ukraine, coupled with the pandemic and climate change, are threatening the survival of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) the world over. Finance is a critical lifeline, but can rural agri-SMEs access it?  

“This is unprecedented”: IFAD’s Country Director in Pakistan reacts to the floods

August 2022 - BLOG
Following months of incessant rain, nearly one third of Pakistan is underwater. Millions of people are affected, thousands have died, and agriculture is at risk. IFAD’s Country Director in Pakistan reflects on what is happening on the ground.

Seeing change happen before our eyes in Guatemala and Honduras

August 2022 - BLOG
On a recent trip to Guatemala and Honduras with the US Ambassador to the UN agencies based in Rome, IFAD Country Director, René Castro, explains how smallholder farmers are transforming rural communities despite the challenges of climate change.

The proof is in the pudding: 3 ways to enhance evidence-based policymaking to sustainably transform food systems

July 2022 - BLOG
As the world experiences new and complex crises at an ever-increasing pace, we must back up decision-making with rigorous research and data. Here are three principles to bridge the divide between research and policy.

The latest food security and nutrition report paints a grim picture. Three IFAD experts react to the shocking figures

July 2022 - BLOG
The latest SOFI report shows that rather than moving towards zero hunger, evermore people are hungry. On the back of these disheartening results, three IFAD experts give their reactions to the report.

Designing projects from the ground up: Insights and lessons from Ethiopia

July 2022 - BLOG
At IFAD, we take a community-driven, bottom-up approach to project design. This creates a sense of ownership for rural communities and governments alike. A recent example from Ethiopia shows how government and communities came together to design investments in building resilience.

What it means to make “good” food: A conversation with Chef Dhondy

June 2022 - BLOG
Chef Anahita Dhondy is a passionate advocate for Parsi food – the rich cuisine of India’s Zoroastrian community to which she belongs – as well as for the use of local, seasonal, sustainable ingredients. We recently caught up with her to hear more about her work in and out of the kitchen.

Good food and good stories: A conversation with Chef Thomas Zacharias

June 2022 - BLOG
Chef Thomas Zacharias is a big fan of storytelling as a way to get people interested in fixing our food systems. We caught up with him to learn more about what drives him to tell the stories of the farmers he’s met and to champion local, seasonal, sustainable ingredients.

40 years of IFAD-China cooperation: Celebrating the past, envisioning the future

June 2022 - BLOG
IFAD and China are celebrating 40 years of cooperation. Over the last four decades, IFAD has supported China’s development and China has been a key supporter and champion of our work. Here, we look back on 40 years of achievement and look forward to where the next few decades will take us.

Grant-based development interventions are worth it. But how – and when?

June 2022 - BLOG
Conventional wisdom has long held that giving grants to small-scale farmers produces temporary gains at best. But recently, our research into a grants-based intervention employed by PRICE, an IFAD-funded initiative in Rwanda, found benefits that have lasted for five years and counting.

The people of Bangladesh are resilient, but without urgent climate action, the future of this fascinating country is uncertain

June 2022 - BLOG
Journalist and documentary maker Qasa Alom recently visited Bangladesh with IFAD. He reflects on how climate change is affecting its people and what IFAD is doing to support them.

The need for better donor coordination: Building long-term resilience against food systems crises

May 2022 - BLOG
These days, it feels like the vulnerability of the world’s food systems is on full display. As I watch the current situation unfold, I’ve been reflecting on the need for multilateralism and donor coordination to help the world overcome this emergency.

“Why shouldn’t people eat bugs?”: A conversation with Chef Yoon

May 2022 - BLOG
We sat down with Chef Joseph Yoon to learn more about edible insects: their health benefits, their potential as a method for fighting climate change, and even – for those who are tempted – how to start incorporating them into your cooking.

Moldova is suffering due to the war in Ukraine – and we have a chance to help

May 2022 - BLOG
The war in Ukraine is testing the resilience of the people of Moldova, including its small-scale farmers. Our support is essential for helping them respond to the crisis – but opportunities to help are slipping through our fingers.

Lending a hand – and finance – to young agricultural entrepreneurs in East Africa

April 2022 - BLOG
We know a thing or two about connecting youth with the financial services they need to start a business – but there’s always more to learn. Here, we reflect on some of our “lessons learned” as part of a recent grant programme in East Africa.

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