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Don’t allow the coronavirus to open up another front
What started as a health crisis could turn into a food crisis unless we take measures now. Preventing a food crisis is key to maintaining the strength to fight back.
Changing lives in times of uncertainty: how innovative agriculture builds resilience
As countries prepare for the pandemic the mandate of a rural development organization may seem to some not particularly relevant to the current crisis.
Serving the rural poor in the time of physical distancing: Staying safe, well – and connected
It has been three weeks since COVID-19 has drastically altered the daily lives of IFAD staff headquartered in Rome and stationed around the world.
What we can do to support farmers on the front lines of climate change
Each of the world’s agricultural production systems had millennia to adapt to local climatic conditions, especially in terms of temperature and rainfall.
The potential impact of COVID-19 on SDG 2 (food security) – in China and globally
Last week’s OECD Interim Economic Outlook confirmed, as predictable, that the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on China’s and the rest of the world’s economy is going to be extremely severe.
Handle with care: Vulnerability, the human face of state fragility
Vulnerability and fragility might not be perfect synonyms, but they share a very similar meaning. Both words refer to something breakable, delicate and frail – something that needs to be handled with care.
Fighting against COVID-19: the importance of building long-term resilience in rural communities
Two months have passed since the beginning of the new coronavirus outbreak in Hubei, China. It seems an appropriate time to reflect on the impact of COVID-19 on rural communities in China, and on the importance of investing in rural people in order to build long-term resilience to shocks.
CGIAR announces agritech blog post contest winners
Agritech – the use of cutting-edge technological innovations in agriculture – is generating a lot of buzz these days. Entrepreneurs and start-ups all over the world are brimming with brilliant ideas for bringing big data, connectivity, and digital platforms into the field, and the results so far have been incredibly promising.
To move the needle on ending extreme poverty, focus on rural areas
The considerable gains made worldwide in poverty reduction over the last 10 years have been widely recognized. And indeed, in a year when China aspires to complete its 40-year project of lifting some 770 million people across the poverty line, it is clear that a greater proportion of the human population is wealthier today than at any other moment in history.
Interview with Recipes for Change Chef Robert Oliver
I have always loved food - how it brings people together, the smells and flavours of new cultures. I guess I associate food most with gathering, communion.
IFAD awarded for advancing practice in knowledge and organizational learning
The Henley Forum has recognized IFAD with an award for Advancing Knowledge & Organizational Learning Practice during its 20th annual conference.
Talking about climate risk insurance with women in Ethiopia: How to improve value, access, and delivery
Women in Ethiopia and the world over play a huge and growing role in farming and food production.
Interview with Recipes for Change Chef Ska Mirriam Moteane
My love and passion for food inspired me to become a chef. My mother was a good cook and I grew up admiring her cooking and learning from her.
One size doesn’t fit all: How to design a user-friendly climate insurance
Weather index insurance can protect and support smallholder farmers from climate-related disasters, providing them with means to buy food when harvests fail.
Interview with Recipes for Change Chef Pierre Thiam
As a chef, I believe that we have a responsibility and we should take concrete actions to tackle climate change.
Interview with Recipes for Change Chef Lance Seeto
In addition to climate change, the Pacific Island communities are succumbing to modern diseases caused by a change of diet and lifestyle.
Enabling farming families to fight climate change: the key to survival
IFAD has adapted its development strategies for Viet Nam from focusing on boosting agricultural production to commercialisation and sustainability of smallholders.
The advantage of investing in sustainable fisheries, aquaculture and coastal communities
The fisheries sector is crucial for enhancing healthy diets, as fish are a valuable source of nutrients and micronutrients.
Mobile money: A product of choice for women to send and receive remittances
Women constitute the majority of remittance recipients globally and remittances have an impact on both women’s actual income as well as on social norms.
Meeting the challenge of SDG2: The moment for action
We are just over 10 years out from the deadline to the meet the SDGs, but the goals will require a step change in the quantity and quality of financing made available.
More than 100 million young adults are still living in extreme poverty
In recent years, the concerns and worldviews of young adults have been increasingly occupying center stage in global debates. And they should.
Strengthening the resilience of small-scale farmers is critical to reversing the rise in hunger and ending poverty
Today, on the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, I wanted to step back and reflect on progress.
The disarming case to act right now on climate change
Last Friday was the global climate strike day. I have found myself wondering how we have arrived to this point.
PARM and the G20 commitment on building resilience to agricultural risks
Following the spikes in global food prices in the years 2006, 2008, and 2011, agricultural risk management has become an important topic in G20 discussions.
What helps value chain projects work best for rural producers?
Is it possible to link small-scale producers to emerging opportunities in dynamic food systems?
Migration, agriculture and food systems – Understanding links to achieve better outcomes
Opportunities for migration and mobility have long influenced people's lives and livelihoods.
Enhancing policy dialogue on climate finance in Africa
Smallholder farmers play a vital role in food security, nutrition and economic growth in Africa, but their livelihoods are already threatened by climate change.
Measuring youth participation in agriculture in Tanzania and Malawi
In our recent IFAD Research Series study we looked at the dynamics of employment in agriculture in Tanzania and Malawi.
The challenges of conducting impact assessments of community driven development projects
How can we measure the impact of project interventions on the people and communities participating?
High unemployment rates among rural youth are destabilizing the Near East and North Africa region
When economic opportunities are limited, programs and policies to help rural youth will generally be ineffective.
Gender-Transformative Adaptation. From good practice to better policy
Gender inequality is a pervasive threat to sustainable development and has negative impacts on our collective ability to meet human rights obligations.
How old is the average farmer in today's developing world?
As it turns out the short answer to this question is about 34 and not 60 as is often reported.
How to improve impact evaluations of land tenure interventions in IFAD-supported projects
The inclusion of land tenure-related indicators in the SDGs has drawn increased attention to the topic.
Uganda Yield Fund: early lessons from IFAD's first private sector investment fund
In 2017, IFAD took its first plunge into the private sector investment space by launching the Uganda Yield Fund in partnership with the European Union.
Achieving gender equality is a precondition for the eradication of poverty
Whether paid or unpaid, women undertake a wide range of tasks in rural contexts and this contribution to rural economies is often undervalued.
Why women are key to better nutrition and global poverty eradication
Adolescence is the transition period between childhood and adulthood – the perfect opportunity to improve nutrition and correct poor nutritional practices.
Cabo Verde, islands at the forefront of climate-resilient development
This week I had the chance to witness the impressive resilience and creativity of people working to improve agriculture in Cabo Verde.
Using irrigation for rural development: drawing lessons from impact assessments
Irrigation is a lynchpin of rural development strategies. In particular, small-scale irrigation projects are commonplace due to their relatively low cost and user-led management.
Innovation at all scales: Connecting entrepreneurs to Governments at IFAD’s Governing Council
Today’s most pressing problems will need cross-sector collaboration and innovation at all scales.