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Why rural development in Haiti matters, even during emergencies

April 2024 - BLOG

IFAD’s Country Director for Haiti, Paolo Silveri, shares his insights on the current crisis – and explains why IFAD is committed to continuing operations.

Prosperity or the planet? Luckily, they're not mutually exclusive

February 2024 - BLOG

All too often, value chain development harms the planet by emitting carbon and degrading environments. That’s why to build truly prosperous rural areas, we must make value chains not just strong, but sustainable.

When it comes to measuring water security, lived experiences matter

January 2024 - BLOG

Water stress is growing around the world. To effectively tackle it, a new approach assesses not only whether water infrastructure is available and working, but also whether it is meeting the needs of the people who rely on it. 

Why camelids are key to a better future in Bolivia and beyond

January 2024 - BLOG

Why has the UN declared this year the International Year of Camelids? IFAD’s Country Director for Bolivia, Daniel Anavitarte, explains why you should care about these extraordinary mammals – and why they’re key to sustainable rural development in South America and beyond.

Investing in a better future: A new day dawns, and we have reasons for hope

December 2023 - BLOG

When climate and natural disasters strike, it’s rural people who are worst affected. Investing in their resilience ensures that they not only endure times of crisis, but emerge stronger. Associate Vice-President of Programmes Donal Brown explains how rural communities can change the world for the better.

IFAD at COP: Raising the voices of rural people

November 2023 - BLOG

Follow IFAD's journey at COP28, as we showcase efforts towards sustainable agriculture, climate resilience and food security, and raise the voices of rural people all over the world.

 

Investing in a better future: Near East, North Africa, Europe and Central Asia

November 2023 - BLOG

The Near East, North Africa, Europe and Central Asia is a dynamic region faced with many challenges. We caught up with Regional Director Dina Saleh to find out how rural people are coping with the realities of conflict and climate change and to understand why the right investments now can make all the difference later.

Investing in a better future: West and Central Africa

October 2023 - BLOG

West and Central Africa is as intricate as it is vast. We sat down with Regional Director, Bernard Mwinyel Hien, to better understand the region’s strengths and challenges.

Everyone deserves a chance to prosper

October 2023 - BLOG

Rural people in Nigeria face unimaginable challenges. Find out how farmer-focused social enterprise Babban Gona and IFAD have joined forces to support those who are most in need.

Learning from El Niño

September 2023 - BLOG

El Niño is back, and its effects are expected to have dire consequences for rural people. Oliver Page explains why we must do more to create a resilient, sustainable future in the face of this devastating climate phenomenon.

North Africa is struggling to cope. The terrible events of this week will become all too familiar unless we invest in resilience

September 2023 - BLOG

IFAD’s Regional Director for the NEN region, Dina Saleh, reacts to the disastrous events that have occurred in the region this week.

The road to a greener future

September 2023 - BLOG

Roads may sometimes be taken for granted. But for remote rural communities, they can be life changing. Find out how integrating roads and water management can lead to sustainable economic growth.

Investing in a better future: Asia and the Pacific

September 2023 - BLOG

The Asia Pacific region is one of dizzying contrasts and incredible scale. We caught up with Regional Director, Reehana Rifat Raza, to find out the challenges faced by rural people in this dynamic region and how investment can make all the difference for their futures.

Investing in a better future: East and Southern Africa

September 2023 - BLOG

East and Southern Africa is home to a diversity of landscapes, people and challenges. We sat down with Regional Director Sara Mbago-Bhunu to talk about rural life and the importance of investment.

Africa is in the eye of the climate change storm. Here is what its people are calling for

August 2023 - BLOG

It’s time countries step up their investments and secure a climate-resilient future for small-scale farmers in Africa. Here’s how.

When resilience is not enough

August 2023 - BLOG

The line between getting by and going under is often all too thin. Disasters can immediately upend lives and reverse decades of progress and rural development. That’s why rural people also need their community, their country and their planet to be resilient.

Rural realities go global with immersive storytelling

August 2023 - BLOG

Few storytelling mediums are more powerful than film. Find out how IFAD is using virtual reality and 360° video technology to ensure that rural people’s voices are heard.

Farmers in Mozambique rise to the challenge

June 2023 - BLOG

Farmers in Mozambique face unimaginable challenges. We must continue to support them if we want to see rural communities lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. Norway's Minister of International Development, Anne Beathe Tvinnereim, shares her reflections on her recent visit to Mozambique.

Transforming rural futures through digital remittances

June 2023 - BLOG

Remittances are a lifeline for rural communities all over the world, here’s why we should continue to invest in digital transfers.

Cabo Verde is small in size but not in ambition

June 2023 - BLOG

Despite its name, Cabo Verde is arid and water starved. IFAD AVP, Jo Puri, visited the archipelago to discuss its future with the country’s leadership and hear from the rural people IFAD supports about how we can improve their lives.

After the earthquake in Türkiye, rural people need more support than ever

April 2023 - BLOG

In southern Türkiye countless farming communities are suffering after losing their homes and livelihoods to the devastating earthquake that struck the country.

As the world moves to protect oceans, we must also protect small-scale fishers

March 2023 - BLOG

As the world welcomes the historic UN agreement to legally protect high seas, we must also ensure that small-scale fishers continue to be protected.

A new chapter in IFAD’s work with persons with disabilities

March 2023 - BLOG

Meet IFAD’s new Disability Inclusion Champion as she works towards amplifying the voice and potential of persons with disabilities.

It’s time to step up.

February 2023 - BLOG

In today’s multi-crisis context, one disaster quickly follows another. With crisis fatigue setting in, the time is now to invest in solutions with lasting impact, including food systems and small-scale farmers.

Giving Indigenous Peoples the recognition they deserve: Why updates to IFAD's policy matter

February 2023 - BLOG

IFAD’s updated Policy on Engagement with Indigenous Peoples enshrines the value of their traditions and supports the crucial role they play in the world. We spoke with three experts to get an insight into the policy.

How livestock in Lesotho is adapting to climate change

January 2023 - BLOG

An IFAD-FAO study from Lesotho provides valuable insight on how to mitigate against climate change while sustainably producing enough healthy food for everyone.

Why insects are the next global superfood

January 2023 - BLOG

IFAD helps rural small-scale farmers reduce emissions while adapting to climate change. Find out how rearing insects as human food and livestock feed can achieve these goals.

Why ownership matters: What I learned from farmers in Kenya and Tanzania

December 2022 - BLOG

Following a recent visit to Tanzania and Kenya, IFAD AVP, Satu Santala, shares what she learned about sustainable development from the farmers themselves.

The youth weigh in on COP27

November 2022 - BLOG

As today’s young people grow into tomorrow’s adults, the impacts of climate change are simultaneously growing and worsening. Rural youth are valuable contributors to climate action. At COP27, we showcased the lives and ambitions of young innovators and activists. Find out what they had to say.

Cooking at the top of the world: A family in Nepal share their story of climate resilience with Meteorologist Clare Nasir

November 2022 - BLOG

Meteorologist Clare Nasir travels to Nepal where she shares a homecooked meal with a local family and discovers how rural farming communities are adapting to the threat of climate change.

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