The 14th Five-Year Plan: An opportunity to advance China’s agricultural and rural transformation

The discussions surrounding China’s 14th Five-Year Plan offer a unique opportunity for China to advance its agricultural and rural transformation agenda for the 2021–2025 period and beyond.

Three reasons to invest in land tenure security

For rural people, especially low-income rural people, land and livelihood are one and the same.

Disability in rural areas: A matter of perception

One billion people – 15 per cent of the world’s population – currently have a disability, and 80 per cent of them live in developing countries. People with disabilities, despite being “the world’s largest minority,” are often overlooked.

Opportunities for policy engagement in NEN and beyond

All too often, the path to sustainable development is blocked by outdated policies and legislation. An old land use policy or market association law, for example, can very much hinder progress in rural areas. 

Fighting food waste in China: Local efforts, global effects

29 September, the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, represents an opportunity to reflect on the fundamental role that sustainable food production and consumption (SDG 12) plays in promoting food security (SDG 2) and sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems (SDG 15).

Results-based financing: A potential game-changer for IFAD's future operations

IFAD is always exploring new lending instruments to increase the number of potential financial solutions it can offer. To that end, IFAD has committed to developing and piloting results-based lending in its operations.

A second chance for Sri Lankan tea

I grew up knowing that Sri Lankan tea was truly something special. People all across my native Egypt competed with each other to bring home those packages with the trademark “Ceylon Tea” stamped on the side.

Maximizing impact in the LAC region with SSTC and knowledge management

Although the residents of the global South may live worlds apart from each other, they often face a surprisingly similar set of challenges.

IFAD country programmes adapt to the COVID-19 crisis: Updates from the Asia-Pacific region

Ever since the virus that causes COVID-19 reached pandemic proportions across the Asia-Pacific region six months ago, the scale of the challenge has become ever more daunting. 

Years later, IFAD-established seed producer groups to continue improving their communities’ climate resilience

Lack of access to seed is a common problem for small-scale farmers in Nepal and elsewhere.

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

Knowing the geographic location of people or things helps us to monitor well-being and assess the impact of events.

Stepping up rural finance to support smallholder farmers in Zambia

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating disruption - but sometimes offers opportunities for innovative solutions for rural farmers.

Interview with Recipes for Change Chef Bela Gil

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

Catching up 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.

Never let a good crisis go to waste

Small-scale farmers face multiple challenges in Cambodia - with limited access to credit and vulnerability 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. 

Regional SOFI 2019: Sustainable food systems for healthy diets in the Near East and North Africa

Rethinking food systems for healthy diets and improved nutrition.

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.”
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