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Facing a future of growing food insecurity and climate challenges, world leaders commit to increased funding for small-scale farmers and rural people
Press conference - IFAD’s Member State consultation and pledging session.
Integrated farming strengthens climate resilience in Cambodia
Integrated farming provides ecosystem benefits and builds climate resilience. Find out how this system is strengthening Cambodia’s small-scale farmers and their communities.
In the face of climate change and increased global food insecurity, Member States reaffirm support to IFAD
Last Friday at the COP28 UN climate summit in Dubai, UAE, the Netherlands announced an historic pledge of US$150 million to IFAD.
Gender equality in rural areas essential to climate change adaptation, says IFAD President
In the face of escalating climate change impacts on vulnerable rural populations globally, Alvaro Lario, the President of IFAD, emphasized today that promoting gender equality in rural communities is essential to climate change adaptation, with women acting as powerful catalysts of change.
IFAD launches innovative financing mechanism to support small-scale food producers to adapt to climate change in Eastern Africa
Following the recent release of data confirming a sharp global decline in climate finance dedicated to adaptation efforts, IFAD and partners have today unveiled a new financing mechanism to boost support to small-scale food producers in rural communities in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda to adapt to a changing climate.
The USA contributes US$50 million to a new multi-donor trust fund addressing climate and food crises hosted by UN's IFAD
Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, announced today at the COP28 UN climate summit in Dubai that the US will contribute US$50 million to the Vision for Adapted Crops and Soils (VACS)’s new multi-donor trust fund, hosted by IFAD.
Persons with disabilities and IFAD join forces to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
In a world of climate catastrophes, rising food prices and global instability, find out how persons with disabilities are taking their rightful place in the effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Small-scale farmers must not be forgotten if we want to feed the world and safeguard the planet - IFAD at COP 28
IFAD will urge global leaders at COP28 to urgently focus far more attention and funding to the hundreds of millions of small-scale farmers who feed much of the world and are key to global food security and stability.
Over 200,000 farmers to benefit from IFAD, ADB initiative to boost dryland farming in Indonesia
IFAD and the Government of Indonesia signed a new initiative aimed at transforming dryland farming to make it more climate-resilient and profitable, bolstering the livelihoods of over 200,000 farmers over the next five years.
COP: Where does it come from and where is it going?
COP is an annual meeting where decision makers discuss how best to tackle climate change. But how did the summit come to be and what difference does it make for rural people? Find out here.
Experts and practitioners come together to improve nutrition outcomes in agricultural development in West and Central Africa
A regional knowledge and experience sharing workshop that addresses nutrition, rural development and food system transformation began today in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Improving food and nutrition security in West and Central Africa is crucial. It is estimated that 29.8% of the population of West Africa and 13.9% of the population of Central Africa are undernourished.
Sharp decrease in climate finance going to small-scale farmers - new report shows
Ahead of COP28, IFAD urges global leaders to shift gears and drastically and urgently scale-up climate finance for small-scale farmers and small agribusinesses.
El FIDA se une a ALIDE como nuevo miembro adherente para dinamizar las inversiones en la población rural de América Latina y el Caribe
El FIDA se incorporó como nuevo miembro adherente de la Asociación Latinoamericana de Instituciones Financieras para el Desarrollo.
IFAD lists its sustainable bonds on the London Stock Exchange - ringing the bell for rural development
Private investors are a powerful force to help us fund a world where no one is left behind, said Alvaro Lario, President of IFAD at the London Stock Exchange (LSE).
Vice-President Mukeshimana Makes First Official Visit to Egypt to Promote Action on the Water-Food-Energy Nexus
Gérardine Mukeshimana, the recently appointed Vice-President of IFAD, will make her first official visit to Egypt during which she will discuss with Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly the need for concerted action to advance sustainable rural development through Egypt's Nexus for Water, Food, and Energy (NWFE) Programme.
How indigenous youth are grappling with climate change
Climate change is having a huge impact on Indigenous Peoples all over the world. We sat down with three indigenous youth to talk about how erratic weather patterns are affecting their communities and how they are drawing on tradition and technology to cope with it.
Connecting global financial markets to small-scale farmers: discover the impact of IFAD’s first sustainable bonds
IFAD will share results of its first sustainable bonds at the London Stock Exchange (LSE) on 21 November, and illustrate how investments are improving the lives of hundreds of thousands of small-scale farmers, who are trying to cope with climate change, inflation and broken supply chains.
New UN report: 43.2 million people suffer from hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the region has higher levels of overweight and obesity than the global estimate
The Regional Overview 2023 indicates that, despite halting the upward trend in the last period, hunger levels in the region remain above the 2019 figures prior to the outbreak of COVID-19. In addition, 8.6% of children under five years of age are overweight.
Investing in a better future: Near East, North Africa, Europe and Central Asia
The Near East, North Africa, Europe and Central Asia is a dynamic region faced with many challenges. We caught up with Regional Director Dina Saleh to find out how rural people are coping with the realities of conflict and climate change and to understand why the right investments now can make all the difference later.
Indigenous Peoples partner with IFAD, Sweden’s Sida, and Packard Foundation to build resilience and adapt to climate change
As the climate crisis intensifies and the world seeks sustainable solutions, IFAD, together with its partners the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, and the Packard Foundation, have today announced the recipients of the Indigenous Peoples' Assistance Facility grants.
In Egypt, PRIDE brings water to the wadi
Generations of farmers in Egypt have used valley beds to grow figs and olives, but today’s erratic weather patterns have caused land degradation, soil erosion and a drop in yields. Find out how water management technology is bringing these flavoursome fruits back to life.
While in Saudi Arabia, IFAD President calls for “strong global leadership and commitment” to combat global food and climate crises
In the midst of a tumultuous 2023 marked by heightened instability due in part to new and ongoing conflicts and the intensifying impacts of climate change worldwide, Alvaro Lario, President of IFAD, emphasized the critical need for “strong global leadership and commitment” to support the most vulnerable in rural areas of developing countries during his first official visit as president to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).
Connecting global financial markets to small-scale farmers: discover the impact of IFAD first sustainable bonds
IFAD will present to an audience of investors how the proceeds of its first sustainable bonds have been invested and how the investments are improving the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of small-scale farmers.
Harvesting equality in rural households - Episode 49
Rural women are at the heart of agriculture – yet they’ve less resources, time and decision-making power than men. So how does IFAD combat gender inequality in rural communities?
Investing in a better future: West and Central Africa
West and Central Africa is as intricate as it is vast. We sat down with Regional Director, Bernard Mwinyel Hien, to better understand the region’s strengths and challenges.
Los agricultores en pequeña escala son actores fundamentales en la solución al cambio climático, asegura el FIDA
“Los productores agropecuarios en pequeña escala están particularmente expuestos a los efectos del calentamiento global y son actores fundamentales en la solución a la crisis climática”, señaló Juan Carlos Mendoza, Director de la División de Ambiente, Clima, Género e Inclusión Social del FIDA.
One million people to build climate resilience: new IFAD-Brazil agreement
As Brazil redoubles its efforts to combat poverty and hunger, IFAD and the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) signed a new financing agreement today to strengthen the resilience of one million people in rural areas of the Sertão, Brazil's semi-arid and highly vulnerable region in the Northeast of the country.
IFAD and Viet Nam celebrate 30 years of partnership to improve rural lives
Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Tran Thanh Nam praised the long-standing collaboration between IFAD and the Government of Viet Nam to transform rural lives and livelihoods in the country.
IFAD and Grow Asia to support farmers with digital tools to modernize agriculture in Southeast Asia
IFAD and Grow Asia launched the Smallholder Economic Empowerment through Digital Solutions project with financial support from the Republic of Korea’s Ministry for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs today.
IFAD investment in Guyana’s hinterland is contributing to rural development and social innovation
IFAD is contributing to rural development and social innovation in Guyana’s hinterland.
Rural women rising: Investing today for tomorrow’s sustainable future
On International Rural Women's Day, we recognise the tremendous strength of rural women and girls across the globe. These women and girls, the backbone of our rural communities, are not just farmers, entrepreneurs, and caregivers; they are the very heartbeat of the land they nurture and the families they sustain.
IFAD launches #Sing4RuralWomen social media challenge on Rural Women's Day
In celebration of Rural Women's Day on 15 October, IFAD has collaborated with the Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir (SGC) to launch the #Sing4RuralWomen social media challenge. Through a new song composed by IFAD’s Carlo Ladd, and interpreted by SGC, this initiative aims to celebrate the pivotal role played by rural women worldwide and raise awareness through music and dance on social media.
Cerca de 4 000 jóvenes rurales de Bolivia, Colombia y Honduras mejoran sus medios de vida con el impulso del FIDA
Cerca de 4 000 jóvenes de áreas rurales y periurbanas en Bolivia, Colombia y Honduras han mejorado sus medios de vida tras su participación en un proyecto de desarrollo rural para jóvenes financiado y promovido por el FIDA, junto a su socio estratégico ICCO Cooperación.
IFAD strengthens its investments in Morocco with a new €87 million agreement
Amid growing climate impacts and water scarcity, the Kingdom of Morocco and IFAD signed an agreement today for a new project that will improve the livelihoods and living conditions for rural people in the mountainous areas of the Oriental region and reduce their vulnerability to climate change.
With the right resources, rural women can change the world
When rural women access finance, the entire world flourishes. Find out how financially empowered women are leading the fight against climate change, achieving sustainable development and ensuring food security for their communities and the planet.
IFAD and Burkina Faso sign new financing agreement to build resilience of small-scale farmers to climate change and other shocks
Alvaro Lario, President of IFAD and Dr Aboubakar Nacanabo, Minister of Economy, Finance and Foresight of Burkina Faso, today signed a new financing agreement to further strengthen the resilience of small-scale farmers.
Thriving in Türkiye: meet the women lifting themselves out of poverty
All over the world rural women face numerous challenges that men do not. Find out how an IFAD-funded project in Türkiye is providing them with the tools to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive.
Call to innovators to join innovation challenge on AI for climate resilience in rural areas
Moonshots for Development (M4D), the alliance of innovation labs and venture arms of several multilateral development banks, launched the groundbreaking AI for Climate Resilience in Rural Areas Innovation Challenge.
IFAD and Malawi to build resilience and productivity of small-scale farmers and MSMEs amid ongoing crisis
IFAD and the Government of Malawi today signed additional funding of US$57 million to increase support to small-scale farmers and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.
Call for proposals: IFAD grant financing the implementation of a project on "Innovative regenerative agriculture approaches to improve resilience and food security"
The Near East, North Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia Division of IFAD is pleased to share this call for proposals aimed at selecting a recipient or consortium of recipients to receive an IFAD grant.
10 ways to reduce food loss: lessons from the field
Food loss occurring after harvest and before retail sale, also termed post-harvest loss, is a key challenge in many developing countries and one that IFAD is committed to alleviate.
This is what sustainable development looks like: How IFAD projects reap rewards long after they end
Investing in rural communities is a long-term solution to many of the problems the world is facing – but projects must keep giving, long after they’ve come to an end. Find out more about IFAD’s longtail impacts across the globe.
France, Norway and Spain make landmark financial commitments to IFAD, as President urges others to follow suit
After France and Norway announced their highest-ever financial contributions to IFAD yesterday, preceded by Spain’s pledge of a four-fold increase last week, IFAD President Alvaro Lario is calling on leaders to urgently follow suit.
Counting the cost of malnutrition - Episode 48
In this episode, we’re tackling malnutrition. In the spotlight we have an intriguing report on obesity in developing countries. Then we speak to IFAD's Lead Technical Specialist on Nutrition, Joyce Njoro, about the factors driving food inflation and its impact on access to healthy diets. Also in episode 48, Nadine Gbossa shares with us the key findings from this year's UN Food Systems Stocktaking Moment.
Fitch Ratings confirms AA+ rating for the International Fund for Agricultural Development
Fitch Ratings confirmed IFAD Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'AA+' with a Stable Outlook.
El FIDA impulsó la formación digital de 2,400 jóvenes en Bolivia, Colombia y Honduras para revalorizar la ruralidad en las redes sociales
Con el objetivo de revalorizar la ruralidad desde el protagonismo juvenil, el FIDA premió hoy en su sede en Roma a los jóvenes ganadores del Concurso de YouTubers y TikTokers Rurales, provenientes de Bolivia, Colombia y Honduras.
IFAD President at UNGA: “The climate crisis hinders efforts to eradicate hunger and poverty”
World leaders gather in New York for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), to rebuild trust, reignite solidarity among nations and rescue the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This includes rescuing Sustainable Development Goals for Zero Hunger and No Poverty. Alvaro Lario, President of IFAD, warns of the dire and irreversible effects that the climate crisis will have on hunger and poverty if sound adaptation measures are not taken quickly.
FAO, IsDB, and IFAD Collaborate to Strengthen Food Security Technologies for Smallholder Farmers
FAO, IsDB, and IFAD have joined hands in a significant partnership agreement aimed at enhancing global food security and nutrition. This trilateral cooperation agreement focuses on empowering rural smallholder farmers by providing them with accessible, affordable and adaptable technologies crucial for ensuring food security.
Why the Sustainable Development Goals matter: your questions answered
As countries meet to evaluate how much progress has been made towards the Sustainable Development Goals, find out more about these 17 objectives and why they’re important for the rural communities we work with.
North Africa is struggling to cope. The terrible events of this week will become all too familiar unless we invest in resilience
IFAD’s Regional Director for the NEN region, Dina Saleh, reacts to the disastrous events that have occurred in the region this week.
Earthquake devastates poor rural communities in Morocco
A devastating earthquake in Morocco has rocked rural communities. IFAD’s team are on the ground to understand how our project participants and the projects themselves have been affected.
South-South action to confront development challenges
Rural people across the world live in a dizzying array of contexts, yet they face surprisingly similar struggles. Through South-South and Triangular Cooperation, countries in the Global South learn from each other and share resources so they can overcome development challenges together.
Recipes for Change: Gaeng Nor Mai Som (Lao soured bamboo soup)
Chef Saeng's Gaeng Nor Mai Som, a hearty and delicious Lao sour bamboo soup, takes us on a flavourful journey into the heart of Southeast Asia.
Investing in a better future: Asia and the Pacific
The Asia Pacific region is one of dizzying contrasts and incredible scale. We caught up with Regional Director, Reehana Rifat Raza, to find out the challenges faced by rural people in this dynamic region and how investment can make all the difference for their futures.
ALIDE y el FIDA unen fuerzas para fortalecer el desarrollo rural en América Latina y el Caribe
En el marco de la Cumbre de Finanzas en Común 2023, la Asociación Latinoamericana de Instituciones Financieras para el Desarrollo (ALIDE) y el FIDA han anunciado su nuevo partenariado para promover el desarrollo agrícola y rural, impulsar la seguridad alimentaria y combatir la pobreza rural en toda América Latina y el Caribe.
What are Public Development Banks? Your questions answered
Public Development Banks are a crucial but often underappreciated force driving global change for the better. As the world confronts compounding crises, we deep dive into PDBs and why they matter for rural people.
Investing in a better future: East and Southern Africa
East and Southern Africa is home to a diversity of landscapes, people and challenges. We sat down with Regional Director Sara Mbago-Bhunu to talk about rural life and the importance of investment.
The UN’s agricultural development fund chief urges Public Development Banks to direct funding to fight hunger, poverty and climate change
“Public development banks must ensure that their significant financial resources better serve the fight against hunger, poverty and climate change”, said Alvaro Lario, President of IFAD, at the Finance in Common Summit 2023 (FICS) today in Colombia.
IFAD, Stanbic Bank enter partnership to cut money transfer costs to Uganda in half
IFAD and Stanbic Bank Uganda (SBU) today announced a partnership that will cut the cost incurred by Ugandan migrant workers sending money home in half by using Flexipay, a digital payments’ platform.
Africa is in the eye of the climate change storm. Here is what its people are calling for
It’s time countries step up their investments and secure a climate-resilient future for small-scale farmers in Africa. Here’s how.
12 startups de Latinoamérica y el Caribe lideran el cierre de la brecha digital en zonas rurales
Innovatech, el novedoso proyecto financiado por el FIDA e implementado por la entidad financiera alemana Sparkassenstiftung, está sentando un precedente en Latinoamérica, al lograr una exitosa vinculación entre startups tecnológicas –empresas fintech y agtech–, y el sector rural en seis países de Latinoamérica y el Caribe.
African leader Gerardine Mukeshimana joins UN rural development agency IFAD as Vice-President
Amid growing global food insecurity and an intensifying climate crisis, Gerardine Mukeshimana takes up duties today as Vice-President of IFAD. Mukeshimana, a former Rwandan Minister for Agriculture and Animal Resources, was instrumental in leading agricultural growth in Rwanda for almost a decade.
IFAD and Bangladesh observe 45 years of successful rural transformation
Minister for Agriculture Muhammad Abdur Razzaque highlighted the dramatic progress made by Bangladesh in the agricultural sector at an event commemorating 45 years of partnership between IFAD and the Government of Bangladesh.
Why farmers’ organizations matter: Your questions answered
Farmers’ organizations mean small-scale farmers can access markets, inputs, finance and information that would otherwise be hard to come by. Find out what farmers’ organisations are and what IFAD is doing to support them.
Investments in poor small-scale farmers generate significant benefits for climate and environment, says new IFAD-GEF report
Joint investments in small-scale farming in developing countries not only increase vulnerable rural people’s capacity to cope with the ever-increasing climatic and economic shocks, but significantly benefit the environment and climate by helping to reduce greenhouse gases emissions, recovering degraded land and curbing biodiversity loss, according a new joint report launched today by IFAD and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
Healthy planet, healthy people: How IFAD and GEF are partnering to transform the world
Small-scale farmers need financial support to face the climate crisis. For the last 20 years, IFAD and the Global Environment Facility have been supporting rural communities as they build food systems that nourish us all.
El fondo de desarrollo agrícola de la ONU dará apoyo técnico y financiero para conservar los ecosistemas silvestres de la Amazonía peruana
El Gobierno del Perú ha anunciado esta semana la puesta en marcha de un proyecto para conservar los ecosistemas silvestres de la Amazonía, mediante la puesta en valor de la biodiversidad para la seguridad alimentaria y los bionegocios. Esta nueva iniciativa contará con el apoyo técnico y financiero del FIDA, junto con la FAO y la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo Industrial (ONUDI).
Rural realities go global with immersive storytelling
Few storytelling mediums are more powerful than film. Find out how IFAD is using virtual reality and 360° video technology to ensure that rural people’s voices are heard.
Young people hold the key to Africa’s green economy
Young people in rural areas are struggling to find work and earn an income. Here’s how the green transition is changing that in Africa.
We must do more to curb obesity and overweight in low- and middle-income countries
Overweight and obesity are on the rise in low- and middle-income countries. Here’s what we can do to help reverse this health crisis.
UN and South Sudan join forces to boost rural development through producers’ organizations and access to finance
The project is expected to reach 160,000 people, with a focus on women, youth, returnees and people with disability.
Heads of the Rome-based UN food and agriculture agencies call for greater investments in South Sudan to avoid a catastrophic food crisis
Leaders from FAO, IFAD and WFP warn of a deepening crisis in South Sudan without immediate action and investment in resilience.
Décideurs et Ministres Africains réaffirment leur soutien au projet de transformation rurale du FIDA dans le cadre de la 13e reconstitution des fonds de l’institution
Le FIDA convie autour d’une table ronde, les ministres et les hauts fonctionnaires chargés des finances, du développement rural et de l'agriculture de l'Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre ce jeudi 27 juillet 2023 à Rome.
Five ways IFAD is making livestock more climate friendly
Countless rural people depend on livestock for livelihoods, nutrition and traditional ways of life. Supporting small-scale farmers to become even greener can strengthen food systems, preserve livelihoods and benefit our planet.
Transforming Global Food Systems: $400 billion needed per year while doing nothing could cost $12 trillion
Following recent news that the fight against hunger has stalled, a gathering of global leaders taking stock of progress made in transforming food systems becomes even more urgent.
It’s time we treat the transformation of food systems like the emergency that it is
Our current food systems cannot keep up with the world’s growing population – as a result, millions face hunger. Now more than ever, countries must take action to transform how food gets from farm to plate.
New partnership to promote decent work across food systems
A new multi-stakeholder partnership to advance labour and human rights, decent jobs and fair and adequate incomes and wages within the agri-food sector has been formed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), IFAD, and CARE International.
The UN’s agricultural development fund announces new US$900 million investment to improve over 600,000 rural lives in Brazil
The partnership between the Government of Brazil and the IFAD aims to achieve unprecedented levels of results in the coming years to transform the lives of people living in rural areas.
UN Food Systems Summit +2 Stocktaking Moment
The fight against hunger has stalled according to the latest figures that the UN released last week, with 122 million more people suffering chronic malnourishment since 2019. The challenges to eradicate hunger and poverty are many. Yet, without financing for food systems transformation, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and climate targets will remain out of reach.
New analysis: Rising obesity rates in developing countries linked to high cost and limited availability of healthy foods
Steep price gaps between healthy and unhealthy foods, coupled with the unavailability of a variety of healthy foods, are driving rising obesity rates in both urban and rural areas of developing countries, according to a literature review released by IFAD.