Fighting fires with rice paddies in Sierra Leone

Farmers in Sierra Leone have shifted from slash-and-burn cultivation to rice cultivation in inland swamps. That is reducing the number of forest fires, a GIS study has shown.

Tracking investments in Tunisia with remote sensing

As long as an element’s precise geographic coordinates are known, satellite imagery can be used to monitor any changes that have taken place.

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.

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.

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.

Driving AgriTech adoption: Insights from Southeast Asia’s farmers

By leveraging the tools that internet marketing companies have already honed to reach consumers, governments can deliver quality agronomy advice at scale.

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. 

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.

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. 

Blockchain: a plus for smallholder farmers?

Imagine that instead of redistributing wealth through governments, we could instead change how wealth is distributed to begin with. 

The Rural Solutions Portal: IFAD’s web platform to leverage South-South and Triangular Cooperation for better livelihoods

One of the challenges is to share knowledge and lessons between countries and regions.