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Annual report 2020: 123 million rural people reached as IFAD steps up fight against hunger, poverty and exclusion

As the COVID-19 pandemic raged around the world pushing millions more people into hunger and poverty, IFAD increased its support for the most vulnerable and marginalized people, according to the IFAD Annual Report 2020 released today.

El proyecto Puentes fomentará los vínculos entre gastronomía y agricultura familiar para crear empleo y oportunidades económicas para los jóvenes de las zonas rurales y peri-urbanas de Bolivia, Colombia y Honduras

El proyecto Puentes/Rural For Young People, que creará empleo y oportunidades económicas para casi 5.000 jóvenes de entre 16 y 35 años de las zonas rurales y peri-urbanas de Bolivia, Colombia y Honduras, echó a andar ayer tras su lanzamiento virtual.

Responding to the challenges of a year like no other: IFAD’s 2020 Annual Report

As the Food Systems Pre-Summit – in which IFAD is leading on long-term innovative solutions to strengthen our food systems – comes to a close, IFAD is launching our Annual Report, showcasing how our work and our niche expertise continue to deliver on ensuring the poorest people in rural areas across the globe will not be left behind.

New horizons for the Ingobor Youth Group

Meet Ingobor, a group of 20 former bus drivers and conductors who pooled their resources and established a successful dairy business.

IFAD and partners to announce upcoming coalition to support public development banks’ financing of sustainable and equitable food systems

Creating sustainable and equitable food systems that benefit the world’s most vulnerable people will require substantial investments – by some estimates as much as US$350 billion per year over the next decade.

How can International Financial Institutions invest to ‘’build back better’’?

Given the already-high levels of poverty and vulnerability faced by small-scale rural producers, the pandemic has hit them and their families particularly hard. So, what should be the priorities for organisations, like IFAD, in the coming years?  

Bold actions for gender equality and women’s empowerment in food systems

What does a gender just and equitable food system practically look like? A just and equitable food system is one in which women’s roles change from being invisible to being visible.

Putting rural small-scale producers at the centre of food systems’ transformation – join IFAD during the Food Systems pre-Summit (26-28 July 2021)

To achieve a future where every person has access to affordable and healthy food, where food production protects the environment and biodiversity, and where the people who produce our food are paid decently for their labour, food systems must radically change, and the needs of rural people must be at the centre.

Spanish filmmaker wins first IFAD COPEAM Award at Sicilymovie - Festival del Cinema di Agrigento

“Beyond the Glacier” – a short documentary which addresses the impact of climate change and human activity on fishing communities in Kazakhstan - has taken a top prize at the Sicilymovie, with Spanish director David Rodríguez Muñiz receiving the first 2021 IFAD COPEAM Film Award today.

Food systems that ignore the needs of poor rural people are doomed to fail, warns IFAD President ahead of Food Systems pre-Summit

If we ignore the challenges and needs of rural people in the world’s poorest countries, our attempts to create more equitable and sustainable food systems are doomed to fail, said the President of IFAD ahead of the UN Food Systems pre-Summit that begins in Rome on Monday.

Towards the Future of Food Systems – Episode 22

We begin this month’s episode with an update from IFAD’s Associate Vice-President Donal Brown on IFAD’s preparations for the UN Food Systems Summit. He also gives us the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on farmers around the world.

IFAD and China launch project to revitalize the rural economy in Hunan

IFAD and the People’s Republic of China are launching the Hunan Rural Revitalization Demonstration Project (H2RDP) today to increase profitability of specialized agricultural production and increase economic vitality in targeted rural areas of Hunan province – and to support vulnerable rural households to boost their livelihoods and resilience.

Un nouveau programme d’options stratégiques pour renforcer le partenariat entre la Côte d’Ivoire et le FIDA

Le FIDA et le gouvernement de la Côte d’Ivoire, ont organisé le 15 juillet 2021, à Abidjan, un atelier pour présenter à toutes les parties prenantes qui interviennent dans le développement agricole et rural, le programme d’options stratégiques pour la Côte d’Ivoire 2020-2025.

Three ways to harvest water in Brazil’s sertão

For centuries, people living in Brazil’s semi-arid region have struggled with a lack of water. But over the last decades, thanks to support from IFAD and other development actors, these communities are squeezing a few more drops of water from Mother Nature.

Third round of National Call for Proposals (Morocco): Supporting remittances in times of crisis in Africa

The Financing Facility for Remittances (FFR) of IFAD is pleased to announce the third round of National Calls for Proposals (Morocco) 2021: supporting remittances in times of crisis in Africa.

Strengthening food systems in Pakistan

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021 reported that more than half of the world’s undernourished are found in Asia (418 million). In Pakistan, Covid-19 has exposed vulnerabilities and inadequacies making nutrition a more complex challenge now.

The potential and unknowns of gender transformative approaches

With less than a decade left to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, the sobering current global trajectory is one in which it will take roughly 170 years to achieve gender equality. The current global pandemic has both made gender inequalities more visible and worsened them, including in food systems.

IFAD’s new investment programme to boost private funding of rural businesses and small-scale farmers

Rural businesses, which are so vital for transforming our food systems, will get a much needed boost from an ambitious new financing programme launched today by IFAD.

UN report: Pandemic year marked by spike in world hunger

There was a dramatic worsening of world hunger in 2020, the United Nations said today – much of it likely related to the fallout of COVID-19. While the pandemic’s impact has yet to be fully mapped, a multi-agency report estimates that around a tenth of the global population – up to 811 million people – were undernourished last year.

Call for proposals: Digital advisory services to support accelerated rural transformation

This call for proposals is to select a recipient or consortium of recipients to receive a three-year IFAD grant financing to implement the project: Digital Advisory Services to Support Accelerated Rural Transformation for a total amount of up to US$2 million.

Finalists announced for first ever IFAD COPEAM Film Award

Climate change and ecosystem health will dominate Sicily’s big screen this summer, with today’s announcement of three finalists in the first-ever IFAD COPEAM Film Award at the Sicily Movie Festival del cinema di Agrigento.

IFAD’s Rural Youth Innovation Award recognizes the key role that young people play in overcoming the impact of COVID-19 on rural communities

IFAD highlighted the value of innovative youth-led intiatives in helping the region’s rural communities overcome the effects of COVID-19 with the second edition of its Rural Youth Innovation Award.

Putting food and agriculture at the heart of the global biodiversity framework

Despite standing to suffer immensely from the decline of biodiversity, agriculture is the lead driver of biodiversity loss, primarily through conversion and fragmentation of habitat and unsustainable intensification.

Tanzanian small-scale farmers receive support to improve food security in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic

IFAD will provide funding to assist 6,240 vulnerable small-scale farmers in rural Tanzania impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Seeing the invisible, doing the impossible: A young Nigerian entrepreneur’s journey to success

Dorothy Chia Vandefan is nothing if not insightful. She describes herself as a serious-minded agricultural entrepreneur who can create opportunities where there seem to be none – and she’s right.

Developing Uganda's small and medium-sized agricultural businesses

Gladys Ndagile has been a poultry farmer for many years, but it was only when she connected with a local egg processing business that she finally made a profit from her eggs.

IFAD and KSrelief agree to jointly tackle hunger and malnutrition in world’s most vulnerable countries

IFAD and the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and ‎Relief Centre (KSrelief) today agreed to join forces to help ensure sustainable access to nutritious food.

Second Edition of the IFAD Latin American and Caribbean Rural Youth Innovation Award

IFAD is to hold the Second Edition of the Rural Youth Innovation Award for Latin America and the Caribbean on Thursday, 8 July at the Bogota’s EAN University.

A decade of IFAD’s inclusive rural finance programmes points to an innovative and catalytic future

The number and variety of financial services accessible to the rural poor continues to grow. A recently completed stocktake of IFAD’s rural finance programmes has identified a number of successes, plus some opportunities for further innovation.

Transforming rural agriculture through technology and innovation

Despite the African continent holding the world’s most arable land and the agricultural sector employing over half of the population, Africa is still struggling with food production and food insecurity.

IFAD and Guinea to help rural populations recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

IFAD will provide the Republic of Guinea with a grant to improve the resilience of more than 2,123 poor farming households trying to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, by ensuring rapid access to inputs, information, markets and cash.

G20 recognizes importance of Public Development Bank financing to tackle rural poverty and hunger, and leadership of IFAD

In the first-ever joint declaration by foreign affairs and development ministers, G20 countries today recognised the vital role Public Development Banks (PDBs) can play in filling the financing gap to sustainably tackle rural hunger and poverty, and the leadership of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in bringing them together to strengthen their long-term investments in food and agriculture.

Promoting renewable energy technologies for small-scale farmers in Cambodia

Renewable energy technologies are an increasingly important part of small-scale agriculture. IFAD’s S-RET project is bringing these technologies to farmers throughout Cambodia – and it’s recently been selected as a GEF Global Good Practice Project.

IFAD and Govt. of Maharashtra join hands to empower 1 million rural women

IFAD and the Government of Maharashtra in India launched the Nav Tejaswini programme this week.

Food Systems From Farm to Plate – Episode 21

This month’s episode is all about food systems.

Diving in on aquatic foods: IFAD investments create rural opportunities

The blue economy opens the space for IFAD to reach more rural people in the most challenging situations, and to get them out of poverty.

A win-win partnership is boosting small farmer milk production in remote Montenegro

It’s six o’clock in Mojkova, in Montenegro and a long working day starts for Sladan Minic. It is an early wintry morning, and Sladan starts to collect milk from the local dairy farmers driving around mountainous roads.

In Moldova, new frontiers for the honeybee business

Thanks to an IFAD-supported grant, Ecaterina’s honey business is taking off – and now she and her fellow entrepreneurs have a bigger market reach than ever before.

South Sudan and IFAD to boost productivity, food security and resilience of small-scale farmers faced with climate change

The South Sudan Livelihoods Resilience Project (SSLRP) will empower rural people to boost productivity, food security and nutrition, and resilience.

Taking stock of IFAD’s digital agriculture efforts in the Asia-Pacific region

Digital agriculture is an indispensable part of strengthening food systems. IFAD’s recent stocktake of our ICT interventions in the Asia-Pacific region has revealed over 50 active solutions and some critical gaps to address.

A platform to take household methodologies to scale

The Empower@Scale platform helps organizations to address the root causes of gender inequality by incorporating household methodologies (HHMs) into their projects, which address the embedded gender biases and discrimination against women at the household level.

Lack of digital infrastructure risks leaving millions of rural families in poverty – IFAD makes urgent call on International Day of Family Remittances

Despite a massive increase in migrants sending money home via digital transfers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of their rural family members struggle to access the mobile banking services which could help lift them out of poverty. The President IFAD today called for urgent investments in digital infrastructure and mobile services in developing countries to ensure rural families are not left behind.

Recipes for Change: A conversation with Chef Shane Chartrand

For over a decade, Chef Shane Chartrand has been on a personal and culinary journey: figuring out what it means to be of Cree descent and of Métis upbringing, and how to integrate that into being a professional chef living and working in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Treaty 6 territory.

Sri Lanka and IFAD partner to reduce poverty and increase food and nutrition security in the face of climate change

El Fondo Internacional de Desarrollo Agrícola (FIDA) y el Gobierno de Sri Lanka firmaron la semana pasada un convenio de financiación para poner en marcha el Proyecto de Fomento de la Resiliencia y el Desarrollo de Agronegocios de los Pequeños Agricultores.

Grass funds: Tradition meets ingenuity in Brazil’s sertão

Too many people assume Brazil’s fundo de pasto communities are relics of the past. Today, they’re at work uniting centuries-old traditions with contemporary food systems.

Livestock key to combatting climate change in Kyrgyzstan

Livestock-based food systems can be climate-friendly if managed well. A new assessment tool is helping governments calculate and predict their livestock emissions for use in their NDCs.

11 reasons why remittances are important

Every year, on 16 June, the International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR) is observed to raise further awareness on the abnegation and sacrifice of migrant workers, who support their families and communities of origin through the money they send back home, particularly in these times of crisis.

The International Partnership for Cooperation on Child Labour in Agriculture statement on child labour in agriculture for the World Day Against Child Labour 2021

The UN has declared 2021 as the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour. More than ever, child labour is a pressing concern in need of urgent attention of the international community.

Thriving food systems and nutritious food for all go hand in hand

Malnutrition, and the toll it takes on human health and societies, is directly linked with the health of our food systems. Creating sustainable, resilient and inclusive food systems will make lasting improvements in global health, nutrition and productivity.

Join the Global Forum on Remittances, Investment and Development Summit - 16-17 June 2021

World experts will discuss the resilience of migrant workers’ remittances and the opportunities of digitalization and the challenges ahead at the the Global Forum on Remittances, Investment and Development (GFRID) – Summit 2021.

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