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.”

COVID-19 response must target African agriculture and the rural poor

Africa has so far escaped the worst health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the continent looks like it could be the worst hit from the economic fallout of the crisis.

Five ways organizations can help countries build agile and inclusive responses to COVID-19

Challenges and opportunities are different in different places, for different food products and for different people. How, then, can we enhance local capacity to respond to this emergency in an agile and inclusive manner?

When they came home: Migration and responses to COVID-19 in India

With most of the world sheltering in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ILO estimates that about 2.7 billion people – 81 per cent of the global workforce – are currently affected by full or partial workplace closures.

Small-scale farmers can help build resilient food systems in a post–COVID-19 world

Before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 820 million people were living in hunger. Tens of millions more will join them if we do not take the right actions, and quickly. The resilience of small-scale producers, in particular, is being sorely tested, and the international community needs to step up to help them in order for the world to avoid a food crisis.

How do shocks affect project impacts?

Past experience tells us that quick, tailored support is required to ensure that the impacts of our projects are protected from the effects of the COVID-19 crisis.

An Asia-Pacific crisis like never before

After many years of sustained annual reductions in poverty and hunger across the Asia-Pacific region, the COVID-19 global pandemic is threatening a massive reversal of these gains and driving Asian countries into recession. 

Recovery, reactivation and resilience: Confronting COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean

With half of the planet’s population locked down, the global economy brought to a halt and the number of cases reaching into the millions, it is clear that the COVID-19 pandemic is the biggest crisis of our time.

Collaborating in a time of crisis: Three early takeaways from the COVID-19 response in India

The tremendous progress in reducing poverty made by India over the past 25 years could now be reversed because of the unprecedented emergency facing all of us – the COVID-19 pandemic.

Supporting Cambodian farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic

With a consistent focus on growth and development, Cambodia has made remarkable progress and achieved lower-middle-income status. But now, the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to strain not only the national health system, but the entire economy.

IFAD helps shape Bangladesh’s response to the coronavirus crisis in rural areas

In late March 2020, my team observed a breakdown in national food production and distribution. In response, the IFAD team in Bangladesh has provided a proposal to the Government for a certified safe transport and logistics system for movement of inputs and produce in rural areas.

COVID-19: An opportunity for the road not taken?

Amidst the suffering and economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 emergency, one silver lining has emerged: an interruption to the greenhouse gas emissions and environmental degradation stemming from human activity.

Re-imagining our economic choices

The COVID-19 pandemic will reshape all our economic choices. Nations have made a crucial choice in recent weeks, choosing human life over economic growth. To choose otherwise would be inhuman. Surely, we have always made the same choice? Hardly.

Shaping a holistic response to COVID-19: Protecting food systems and rural producers

It is easy to lose sight of the big picture when called upon to act quickly in response to the human tragedy caused by COVID-19. 

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 rush to prepare for the global coronavirus pandemic, to protect their citizens and economies, 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, and the distancing measures needed to contain the coronavirus outbreak are slowing down the world’s economic engine.

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.

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.