Location, location, location: Why using GIS in rural development projects is fundamental

Knowing the geographic location of people or things that are dear to us is unquestionably important. It helps us to monitor well-being and assess the impact of an event that happened at or near that location.

Stepping up rural finance to support smallholder farmers in Zambia

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage around the world, creating disruption wherever it goes. However, such disruption sometimes offers opportunities to put forward innovative solutions for rural farmers.

Interview with Recipes for Change Chef Lance Seeto

Chef Lance Seeto is an icon of South Pacific cuisine. He’s also been a supporter of IFAD’s Recipes for Change campaign for more than five years now.

Interview with Recipes for Change Chef Bela Gil

“I joined this project because I believe food can really change the world.”

Never let a good crisis go to waste

Small-scale farmers face multiple challenges in Cambodia. They often don’t have access to affordable credit to enhance production or to invest in on-farm equipment or infrastructure and they are increasingly vulnerable to climate change. 

The difference four years makes: A small Ecuadorean town goes from subsistence to prosperity with IFAD’s support

Four years ago, the residents of Chiquicha were just gathering the first fruits of an irrigation project.

Coming back home: The road ahead for migrant returnees in Nepal

Migrants are essential workers; they contribute to the economy of the places they go and, through remittances, to their communities back home.

African migrants’ family remittances put to the test

In April, the World Bank projected a sharp decline of about 20 per cent in global remittances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown. This is not good news for Africa.

COVID-19: The decline of global remittances puts rural families at risk

The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the loss of millions of jobs in the developed and developing world. 

From Meghalaya to Jharkhand, how India is ensuring agri supply chains are not disrupted

In a world living with Covid-19, it is clear that supply chains and logistics should be simple and easy to manage. And that’s what several Indian states are doing.

Maintaining critical extension services for smallholders during COVID-19

Agricultural extension services play a fundamental role in building producers’ capacities to maintain good agricultural practices.

Why do wet markets matter?

Since the COVID-19 virus outbreak, much information and misinformation has been circulated about wet markets and an international rallying cry has been made for wet markets to be better regulated or even closed down.

Restoring nature and livelihoods: Experiences in Zambia

World Environment Day is a day set aside to raise awareness about environmental issues and encourage protective action. This year’s theme is “Time for Nature.”

Building up family farmers’ resilience through nature-based solutions in Latin America and the Caribbean

Resilience has become the talk of the town in the development community.

Leveraging artificial intelligence: Harnessing big data to improve decision-making

IFAD is the only multilateral development institution exclusively focused on transforming rural economies and food systems to make them more inclusive, productive, resilient and sustainable. 

The impact of COVID-19 on smallholders in China

One emerging lesson from the pandemic is that those who are already vulnerable are likely to be the most severely impacted. 

What’s needed to protect food security in Africa during COVID-19

In most of Africa, people are more likely to die from starvation caused by the economic fallout from the pandemic than from COVID-19 itself.

Protecting health and protecting livelihoods: a delicate balance in the era of COVID-19

Development encompasses a wide range of actions that enables people, communities and nations to thrive even after projects have ended. 

Long-term development supports quick action in a crisis: an update from Asia and the Pacific

It has been really inspiring to receive updates from the field over the past two months illustrating how IFAD-supported projects are continuing to deliver. 

The potential impact of COVID-19 on China’s food security: Prospects for food imports

Last week, the China Grain Reserve Group announced its intention to purchase 22 million tonnes of imported grain during 2020. Should China worry about food security?

On the International Day for Biological Diversity, commitment to sustainable agriculture is more important than ever

This year’s theme for the International Day for Biological Diversity is “Our Solutions are in Nature.”

COVID-19 response must target African agriculture and the rural poor

Africa has so far escaped the worst health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the continent looks like it could be the worst hit.

Five ways organizations can help countries build agile and inclusive responses to COVID-19

How can we enhance local capacity to respond to this emergency in an agile and inclusive manner?

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