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. 

Promoting the rights perspective for indigenous peoples

Over the years international support for indigenous peoples has grown, also sanctioned by international declarations. 

IFAD in the Blue Economy: Is this a game changer?

"Blue Economy" is the new buzzword in the international sustainable development agenda. But what is it and where does it fit in IFAD's development work?

Why we should care about vulnerable coastal communities

Approximately 40 per cent of the world’s population lives within 100 kilometers of the coast, and overall the world’s coastal population is increasing fast.

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. 

Food loss reduction: a solution to global hunger?

One of the greatest challenges facing humanity today is how to feed an ever growing population. 

Let's give smallholder livestock farmers of the developing world a chance

In developed countries, many people are cutting their meat consumption driven by health or animal welfare concerns or a wish to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Rethinking mobility - how to respond to opportunities in a changing world

Rural people often migrate seasonally with their herds, or to join the harvest in other districts. 

What does the evidence say about the expected benefits of rural land tenure security?

Improving farmers' land tenure security is expected to have many economic, social and environmental benefits.

From coconuts to hair oil: partnering producers and value chains

Rising demand for coconut and niche products can offer a route from poverty to prosperity for rural communities.

Why smallholder farmers are the key to combating global warming

This summer in the northern hemisphere has been characterised by unusually high temperatures and wildfires in many countries.

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. 

Water and the SDGs – the crucial common denominator

When a human baby is born, 75 per cent of its body mass is water. We are made of water and, like all living creatures on our planet, we would wither and die without it.

Assessment of IFAD’s policy impact in Asia

IFAD understands that projects alone cannot eradicate rural poverty or generate rural transformation because, inevitably, they reach a limited number of people.

How inclusive rural transformation will be crucial to promote sustainable and resilient societies

IFAD highlights that the rural world – where most poor and hungry people live – deserves special attention.

Empowering rural people by promoting renewable energy

Did you know that annual global energy consumption equals only the amount of energy delivered by the Sun in a single hour? 

What do rural women want?

Caroline Namara, a radio journalist and social worker in the remote rural area of Bushenyi in Western Uganda, tells us what she thinks rural women want.

New challenges for the global economy

There are many reasons to be hopeful about the global economy in 2018. 

Let’s talk about goats

Antonio Rota has more than 30 years’ experience working with livestock in the rural development sector. He will be participating in a national conference on developing a vibrant goat sector in India, 16-17 April 2018.  

Why smallholders are key in an urbanizing world

The divide between rural and urban areas is smaller than ever before.