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New report shows 51 per cent increase in money migrants sent home over last decade, with US as top sending country

Press launch on 14 June in New York: this Report is the first-ever study of ten-year trends in migration and remittance flows and shows regional breakdowns over the period 2007-2016. Its analysis and recommendations set the stage for discussions at the Global Forum on Remittances, Investment and Development 2017, taking place on 15-16 June at UN Headquarters in New York. The Forum is organized by IFAD, the World Bank and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA).

Maximizing the efficiency of development evaluation through ICTs

Conference will explore how development can be assisted by information and communication technologies for evaluation evaluation.

Consultation on the Eleventh Replenishment of IFAD's resources

During 2017, IFAD Member States have been meeting regularly in Rome for Consultations on the Eleventh Replenishment of the Fund's resources (IFAD11).

Using ICTs to evaluate and share the results of development projects

The Independent Office of Evaluation of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is organizing an international conference on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Evaluation.

IFAD President travels to Uganda to discuss support for small scale farmers amid surge in refugees

At a time when nearly one million South Sudanese have crossed into northern Uganda, creating one of the world’s largest refugee settlements, Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), arrives in Kampala 25 May to discuss efforts to support small scale farmers and increase food security in the country.

Protecting the environment through sustainable production

The Sustainable Land Management in the Semi-Arid Sertão Project was designed as a complement to the IFAD-financed Dom Helder Câmara Project (DHCP), which ran from 1998 to 2007 in various areas of the semi-arid northeastern Brazil. The Sertão Project aimed to address pressing environmental and land degradation issues, and to build resilience to climate change. The project focused on the caatinga — a uniquely Brazilian scrub forest covering approximately 10 per cent of the total area of the country. The caatinga is one of Brazil's most threatened natural landscapes.

Inclusive finance is key to ensure food security and transform the rural areas in East and Southern Africa

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Uganda will bring policy makers and development practitioners together 22 -25 May in Kampala, Uganda, to discuss innovative approaches to expanding access to financial services for rural people.

First IFAD-financed project in Montenegro to support economic and climatic resilience

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Montenegro signed a financial agreement today to launch a project to transform the lives of over 16,000 smallholder farmers.

Bong tree farming raises income of former rice farmers in Laos

Farmers in Laos are rediscovering the value of a traditional crop – the bark of the bong tree. Because the once-abundant bong trees are now on the endangered species list, smallholders are establishing profitable plantations to meet the growing demand for the aromatic bark.

La Mauritanie et le FIDA lancent un nouveau projet de développement des filières inclusives pour combattre la faim et la pauvreté dans les zones rurales

Le Fonds international de développement agricole (FIDA), agence spécialisée des Nations Unies et le gouvernement de la Mauritanie ont lancé officiellement le Projet de développement de filières inclusives (PRODEFI), ce jour 3 Mai 2017 à Nouakchott, la capitale de la Mauritanie.

Guatemala: Bringing Water to the Well

In areas of Guatemala which are chronically affected by droughts, IFAD-supported irrigation schemes and practices make farmland four times more productive.

Making the most of Africa’s rural youth

The potential powerhouse of energy and creativity of the world’s 1.2 billion young people was highlighted by Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of IFAD during the annual spring meetings of the World Bank Group (Bank) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that are currently underway.The event brings together central bankers, ministers of finance and development sector executives, among others, to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness.

IFAD to invest US$13.3 million to integrate smallholder goat breeders into emerging value chains in Argentina

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Argentina signed a financial agreement today to transform the lives of 40,000 people who rely on goat breeding as their main source of livelihood.

Ecuador: One year after the earthquake

Their house collapsed. And with it, all of their belongings and memories were lost. Fortunately, Manuel Reyes and his family survived. But not everyone was so lucky.

IFAD-supported project to boost resilience and rural economic opportunities in Moldova

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Moldova today signed an agreement to fund a new project aimed at driving the transformation of the country's rural economy and helping to generate employment for over 44,000 poor rural people.

One-in-seven people impacted by the money migrants send home

While migration issues draw political fire in Europe and beyond, the greater development benefit of the approximate half trillion US dollars that migrants send home each year to poor families and nations can’t be underestimated, according to Adolfo Brizzi, Director at the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

In conversation with IFAD’s new President, Gilbert F. Houngbo

Gilbert F. Houngbo became the sixth President of IFAD on 1 April 2017. In the days leading up to this, the new President took a moment to answer some questions about his life growing up in rural Togo, the importance of building rural economies that offer hope to young people, the social injustices that compel him to believe in the power of development and the challenges ahead for IFAD.

Money Talks – why migrants matter

ast year, 250 million international migrants sent almost half a trillion US dollars back to their communities in developing countries, 40 per cent of which – around US$200 billion – reached rural areas. What impact does this money have on local economies? Is there potential to reduce global poverty? Join us for this lively panel discussion and find out why migrants’ money matters.

Knowledge for development

Knowledge is at the centre of global development and an essential element for the achievement of Agenda 2030. Development organizations are increasingly recognizing the role of knowledge and learning to increase development impact and effectively contribute to the SDGs.

Investing in rural youth is essential to stem the global migration crisis, says new IFAD President

Ensuring young people in rural areas can access financing and earn decent incomes is essential to stem migration to Europe and elsewhere, said Gilbert F. Houngbo, who began his term as the sixth President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) today.

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