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Don’t count your chickens before they hatch

The second Friday in October is World Egg Day. A day to recognise the vital role of eggs in feeding people around the world.

Pathways for rural youth to financial inclusion

With increasing population, underemployment and increasing demand for food, youth can pay rich dividend in terms of social and economic growth when given the right opportunities and support.

IFAD opens regional office in Egypt, providing rural development support to seven countries in the region

IFAD opened a regional office in Cairo today that will serve as a strategic rural development center for its work to reduce poverty, empower women and youth, and create employment opportunities in seven countries across the region.

Cultivating resilient communities in rural Guinea-Bissau

Over a decade ago, in the region of Tombali, Arama Tudarame’s husband and local chief sought land around their village suitable for growing cashew trees. Then, as now, monoculture of the kidney-shaped nut dominated the country’s agricultural sector

Egypt and IFAD strengthen partnership to reduce rural poverty and promote resilience in desert environments

The President of the United Nations' International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Gilbert F. Houngbo, will meet with H.E. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, during a four-day visit to the country from 6 to 9 October to discuss IFAD’s ongoing investments and to pave the way for a strengthened partnership towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Eswatini and IFAD partner to boost inclusive financial services for smallholder farmers

About 30,900 rural people in the Kingdom of Eswatini will benefit from a new US$38.5 million project that aims to improve the prosperity and resilience of poor and vulnerable smallholder farmers and micro-entrepreneurs in the country.

Women and youth lead change in Lima's highlands and high rainforest

The resilience of smallholder farmers, coupled with the support of development projects is allowing Peru’s rural people to progress towards better living standards. Women and youth are very often on the frontline of that effort.

Call for proposals: Grant to implement inclusive red meat value chains for women and youth farmers in Eastern and Southern Africa

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: Inclusive red meat value chains for women and youth farmers in Eastern and Southern Africa for a total amount of up to US$2 million.

Guide to finding IFAD financial data

IFAD is the only IFI with the specific mandate to eradicate poverty and hunger by investing in poor rural people through financial and technical assistance to agriculture and rural development projects in developing member states.

Small credits foster rural entrepreneurship in Guinea

Mohamed enjoys welcoming visitors to his vegetables garden in Fria town, in Guinea, and is proud to show every crop he has been growing. This 32-year-old rural entrepreneur recalls how his business succeeded thanks to an unexpected opportunity while he was pursuing a civil servant career.

The disarming case to act right now on climate change

Last Friday was the global climate strike day. I have found myself wondering how we have arrived to this point.

The power of renewable energy

At first glance it may seem access to energy shouldn’t be high on the development agenda as almost 89 per cent of the world's population has access to electricity. However, the data mask disparities between rural and urban areas.

Climate change is a youth issue

Climate change ranks among the most important dynamics shaping livelihoods of young people now and in the future.

IFAD and Senegal invest in decent jobs and incomes for poor and marginalized rural young people

About 150,000 rural young people in Senegal – 50 per cent of them women - will benefit from a new US$93.3 million project that aims to create income and decent sustainable jobs in agricultural, pastoral and fishery value chains.

A common path towards Guatemala’s sustainable development

Today the Rome-based agencies (RBAs - FAO, IFAD and WFP) recognized the interagency country team based in Guatemala for their concerted efforts in maximizing results and impact on the ground.

PARM and the G20 commitment on building resilience to agricultural risks

Following the spikes in global food prices in the years 2006, 2008, and 2011, agricultural risk management has become an important topic in G20 discussions.

Protecting villages from flash floods and improving livelihoods in the Haor basin wetlands

The Haor region is a wetland ecosystem in north-eastern Bangladesh, which is located in a tectonic depression. During the monsoon period, the Haor gets between 3,000 and 4,000 mm of rainfall, together with the flow of monsoon river from the Meghalaya and Barak basins.

What helps value chain projects work best for rural producers?

Is it possible to link small-scale producers to emerging opportunities in dynamic food systems?

2019 United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation: FAO, IFAD and WFP highlight the commitment of leaving no one behind in achieving SDG2

The UN Rome-based Agencies (RBAs), namely, FAO, IFAD and WFP, gathered on the occasion of the UN Day for South-South Cooperation and highlighted the importance of “leaving no one behind” in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Speak Up, Report, Support

Sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse is unacceptable and has no place in IFAD, including its operations and financed activities. IFAD reaffirms its no tolerance policy.

Migration, agriculture and food systems – Understanding links to achieve better outcomes

Opportunities for migration and mobility have long influenced people's lives and livelihoods.

A day in the life of a vegetable farmer in Lesotho

Thabo Lefatle owns and runs a small vegetable farm in Lesotho’s Mafeteng district, south of the capital Maseru. He is one of 55,000 smallholder farmers in Lesotho who applied for and won public grants.

Afrobeat stars Mr Eazi and Sherrie Silver at 2019 African Green Revolution Forum to support IFAD's call for greater investment in youth and rural development

Urgent investments in agriculture and rural development from Africa's leaders are needed to create opportunities in support of the millions of young people who will soon enter the job market.

Making local crops work for nutrition-sensitive agriculture

A new framework will guide practitioners to use a broad portfolio of crop species to bring nutrition back to the table.

Restoring mangroves is saving rural communities in Gambia

Mangroves are one of the world's most biodiverse ecosystems and play an essential role to ecological balance and community livelihoods. But in many areas across West Africa, these wildlife-rich wetlands are under threat.

Call for proposals: Grant to strengthen the supply of improved seeds and improved PPP in Central Africa (SISCA)

This is a Call for Proposals to identify the recipient of a three-year grant financed by IFAD for a total amount of up to US$3 million.

Enhancing policy dialogue on climate finance in Africa

Smallholder farmers play a vital role in food security, nutrition and economic growth in Africa, but their livelihoods are already threatened by climate change.

Achieving zero hunger means investing in small farmers

As world hunger is on the rise for the third year in a row, the UN rural development agency, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will host, on the side lines of the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7), an event that examines joint strategies to increase food security and poverty reduction for farmers in Africa.

IFAD, Bangladesh and partners to invest $54.8 million to improve infrastructure and living standards in coastal chars

More than 342,000 people in southeast Bangladesh living on coastal chars created by silt deposits will benefit from new financing for a project to reduce poverty and hunger and develop rural livelihoods. People living on chars are often hardest hit by climate change effects like sea-level rise as they often live in poorly constructed housing and on low-lying land that is vulnerable to extreme weather.

Indigenous communities in Malaysia building capacity for resilience through IPAF

The Jakun people is the largest group of the Orang Asli Indigenous Peoples of Malaysia. They have an amazing partnership between people and the forest - looking after it and using only what they need to live. But their traditional livelihoods are at risk.

Recipes for Change: Te Mai Ae Tanna Kiribati

Breadfruit is one of the main staple foods of Kiribati. Breadfruit trees require a tropical climate to thrive and are therefore plentiful in the Pacific region. Breadfruit is a good source of vitamin C, thiamine and potassium for the local population.

Africa’s Key Development Partners Formalize Their Commitment to Work Jointly to Help Address Food and Nutrition Security in Times of Climate Change

In partnership with the African Union, leaders of four multilateral agencies – The African Development Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Bank-- called a high-level meeting with development partners on August 5-6 in Kigali, Rwanda at the first Africa Food Security Leadership Dialogue (AFSLD).

Call for Proposals: Integrated fish-rice-vegetable food systems

This Call for Proposals is to identify the recipient of a three year grant financed by IFAD for a total amount of up to US$3.5 million to implement a project titled: Integrated fish-rice-vegetable food systems for improved livelihoods, food and nutrition security and climate resilience in Malawi, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire: Scaling-up lessons learnt from Cambodia (or Asia).

Measuring youth participation in agriculture in Tanzania and Malawi

In our recent IFAD Research Series study we looked at the dynamics of employment in agriculture in Tanzania and Malawi.

Lebanon and IFAD partner to boost smallholder dairy production

About 6,080 resource-poor Lebanese rural households and Syrian refugees will benefit from a new US$12 million project that aims to increase the income of smallholder dairy producers and processors, as well as to increase employment opportunities for young Lebanese in communities affected by the Syrian crisis and young Syrian refugees.

I’m a potato grower! Strengthening innovation to empower potato growers in the Andes

The world is faced with a rising demand for food due to population growth, changes in dietary habits and the availability of agricultural resources. As a result farmers need to be more efficient and productive.

Innovations in law to tackle food insecurity

The latest SOFI report confirms that the number of hungry people in the world continues to increase, highlighting the challenge of reaching the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of Zero Hunger by 2030.

The challenges of conducting impact assessments of community driven development projects

How can we measure the impact of project interventions on the people and communities participating?

New rural finance project to help boost rural enterprise sector in Mozambique

A new Rural Enterprise Finance Project (REFP), which will help more than 287,700 rural people engaged in agriculture, fisheries and small and medium-sized enterprises in 10 provinces improve their access to national and regional markets, was launched on 15 July in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique.

UN chief stresses importance of investing in smallholder farmers during upcoming visit to Lao PDR and Cambodia

The President of IFAD, Gilbert F. Houngbo, will meet the Prime Minister of the Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR), Thongloun Sisoulith, the Prime Minister of Cambodia, Hun Sen, other high-ranking officials, as well as representatives of UN teams in country, to discuss investments that can improve food and nutrition security, generate employment and mitigate the effects of climate change in rural areas.

Creating opportunities for rural youth

Nearly 1 billion youth live in developing countries, almost half of them in rural areas. IFAD’s Rural Development Report 2019, finds that this enormous rural youth population can pay a rich dividend.

World hunger is still not going down after three years and obesity is still growing – UN report

An estimated 820 million people did not have enough to eat in 2018, up from 811 million in the previous year, which is the third year of increase in a row. This underscores the immense challenge of achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger by 2030, says a new edition of the annual The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report released today.

Recipes for Change: Ema datshi and millet momos

Try the Recipe at home: Ema datshi and millet momos - Bhutan

High unemployment rates among rural youth are destabilizing the Near East and North Africa region

When economic opportunities are limited, programs and policies to help rural youth will generally be ineffective.

Young smallholder farmers overcoming climate challenges in Viet Nam

Climate change is one of the major dynamics of change affecting rural youth livelihoods. It is having significant effects on the countries in which the rural youth population is concentrated and on the sectors in which they will be looking for employment opportunities.

No stability in the Sahel without rural development and job creation for young people, says IFAD President ahead of G7

The economic transformation of rural areas and the creation of jobs for millions of young rural people are pre-conditions to stability in the Sahel, says Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), who takes his message to the G7 ministerial meeting on development in Paris tomorrow.

Gender-Transformative Adaptation. From good practice to better policy

Gender inequality is a pervasive threat to sustainable development and has negative impacts on our collective ability to meet human rights obligations.

How old is the average farmer in today's developing world?

As it turns out the short answer to this question is about 34 and not 60 as is often reported.

How to improve impact evaluations of land tenure interventions in IFAD-supported projects

The inclusion of land tenure-related indicators in the SDGs has drawn increased attention to the topic.

IFAD's 2019 Rural Development Report

Nearly 1 billion of the world’s 1.2 billion youth aged 15-24 reside in developing countries. Their numbers are growing far more rapidly in lower income countries than in higher income countries, particularly in rural areas.

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