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Drought-tolerant rice varieties benefit farmers even in non-drought years
Farmers that lack irrigation and rely on rainfed production are particularly vulnerable to drought. Fortunately, agricultural technologies, such as stress-tolerant rice varieties (STRVs), can help them adapt to climate change.
Making every drop count: Saving water and rural livelihoods
Until recently, every time Fatima Hassan Mohamed needed water to wash, cook, or drink, the mother of five had to set out on foot. The nearest water source was more than 20 kilometers away.
Promoting women’s economic empowerment in West and Central Africa
A growing number of reports are demonstrating what many development professionals already know about the impacts of COVID-19: women and girls are more vulnerable to the negative health and socio-economic effects of the crisis.
What impact will the COVID-19 pandemic and the global economic downturn have on world food security?
In 2021, the impact of the epidemic and the global economic recession will have an impact on world food security. After the epidemic, what problems will global food security face and how to deal with it?
Tracking investments in Tunisia with remote sensing
Many elements involved in IFAD-funded projects. As long as an element’s precise geographic coordinates are known, satellite imagery can be used to monitor any changes that have taken place.
Breaking the vicious circle of hunger and conflict
Hunger is both a cause and result of conflict. In fact, conflict is the main driver of hunger in most of the world’s food crises.
IFAD’s new book The People Behind Your Plate
As I scroll through the pages of the new photo book The People Behind Your Plate just published by IFAD, I remember my own visits with rural people in remote villages as I travelled around Lesotho to collect recipes for my cooking books.
There is a growing climate emergency facing smallholders across Asia Pacific – what is IFAD doing about it?
According to UN reports, the Asia Pacific region is the most disaster-prone region in the world. Nearly 45 per cent of the world’s natural disasters occur in the region.
Digital agriculture: key to helping small-scale producers overcome COVID-19 challenges
As we approach the first anniversary of the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s an important moment to take stock on the impact of the pandemic, and to reflect on what we have learned, and what we can do better going forward.
Greening the Sahara: the Great Green Wall Initiative
In 2009, I travelled by road to Timbuktu, Mali on a short field trip. As we made our way down the dusty roads, I remember wondering what could possibly pull this arid, sparsely populated land into relative prosperity.
Climate change talks cannot continue to ignore the needs of small-scale farmers
Poor rural people are among the hardest hit by climate change while contributing little to its causes. They deserve a fair share of climate finance to improve their resilience, and a seat at the table for the global climate talks.
World Soil Day: A tribute to our friends underground
Today is World Soil Day, so let’s dwell a little on this amazing world of earthworms, mites, fungi and microbes.
Working closer as a UN family in country – a review of progress in implementing the UN reform agenda across Asia Pacific
The adoption of General Assembly resolution 72/279 in May 2018, triggered a consortium of UN organizations to come together and rethink how the United Nations Development System can deliver more coherent, accountable and effective support to help countries achieve the 2030 Agenda.
Why small farms are key to the future of food - and how we can support them
In the 25 years since Clayton Christensen coined the term “disruptive innovation,” much has been written about the benefits of shaking up established business practices.
In an urbanizing world, strong rural–urban links remain the key to resilient cities
As the world becomes more and more urbanized, many have suggested that cities hold the key to an efficient, sustainable future.
Agricultural risk management: Towards long-term resilience
Risk and uncertainty intensify in the agriculture sector – especially throughout Africa.
A look at the digital technologies transforming agriculture
Agriculture has periodically been shaken up by various technological revolutions. The latest? The advent of digital technologies.
The 14th Five-Year Plan: An opportunity to advance China’s agricultural and rural transformation
A unique opportunity for China to advance its agricultural and rural transformation agenda.
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.
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.
Fighting food waste in China: Local efforts, global effects
Reflecting on the fundamental role that sustainable food production and consumption plays in promoting food security and sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems.
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
The scale of the challenge has become ever more daunting across the region.
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.
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.
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.
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
To take advantage of the potential of AI, IFAD employed machine learning techniques to extract insights from across IFAD’s entire investment portfolio.
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.”
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?