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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.

Rethinking government support to farmers

It is becoming increasingly clear that the ways in which we produce, market and consume food need to be reconciled with environmental, economic and social sustainability.

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.

The importance of agrarian development in India

Although our world continues to urbanise at an alarming rate, there’s no getting away from the fact that agrarian activities will always be necessary.

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.

What does it mean to be “smart” on planet Earth?

What are the global transformations required for our food systems to become sustainable in the face of 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.

China’s remaining challenges in reducing poverty

Next year China is hoping to announce that they have eradicated extreme poverty - but what are the challenges that China would need to deal with after 2020?

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.

Pathways for rural youth to financial inclusion

With increasing population, underemployment and increasing demand for food, youth can pay rich dividend in terms of social and economic growth when given the right opportunities and support.

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.

The power of renewable energy

At first glance it may seem access to energy shouldn’t be high on the development agenda as almost 89 per cent of the world's population has access to electricity. However, the data mask disparities between rural and urban areas.

Climate change is a youth issue

Climate change ranks among the most important dynamics shaping livelihoods of young people now and in the future.

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?

Creating opportunities for rural youth

Nearly 1 billion youth live in developing countries, almost half of them in rural areas. IFAD’s Rural Development Report 2019, finds that this enormous rural youth population can pay a rich dividend.

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.

Is China getting greener?

China is the world's largest greenhouse gases (GHG) emitter, yet it is also the world's leading country in energy production from renewable sources.

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.

The illusion of choice

Consumers increasingly want to know whether the food and beverage brands they buy from are doing social and environmental good, including doing right by the smallholder farmers in global food supply chains.

International Women’s Day 2019

In many parts of the world, women are more likely to be food insecure than men. That’s despite the fact that in many countries, many women work in agriculture and are responsible for preparing food.

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.

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