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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.

Mali and IFAD strengthen partnership for investing in rural youth

The President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Gilbert F. Houngbo, will travel to the Republic of Mali and meet with President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta and other high-ranking officials to discuss investments to provide employment opportunities for rural youth, improve food and nutrition security, and reduce poverty.

IFAD’s Twelfth Replenishment pledges

Recognizing the importance of investing in the future of rural areas and small-scale agriculture, many countries are seizing the moment to increase their contributions and express resounding support for IFAD’s work.

From farm to market: improving the food value chain through women empowerment in Guinea

Saran Condé is a 30-year-old smallholder farmer in Guinea's Faranah region. She has improved her farming skills and increased her productivity since joining an IFAD supported community garden.

Call for proposals: Grant to support family farming, regional markets and cross border trade corridors

This is a Call for Proposals to identify the recipient of a three-year grant financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for a total amount of up to US$ 3.5 Million.

IFAD’s Twelfth Replenishment

Ending extreme poverty and hunger will be difficult without more investment and more innovative approaches. See how IFAD is building the resilience of the world’s most vulnerable people.

IFAD calls for agricultural investment to address poverty and inequality in Near East and North Africa

ncome inequality and a rising rural-urban divide compounded by political instability, are the most challenging issues in the Near East and North Africa, says a new report to be presented today in Tunis by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Rwanda and IFAD partner to reduce poverty in drought-prone areas

About 7,167 poor and food insecure rural households in Rwanda will benefit from a new US$24.7 million project that aims to improve food and nutrition security, climate resilience and raise incomes by increasing production.

New IFAD report highlights challenges facing growing population of rural youth in the world's poorest countries

About 500 million young people live in the rural areas of developing countries, representing about half of the youth of these countries. Rural young people are exposed to poverty and lack employment opportunities and access to land, services, technologies and training.

Opportunities, challenges and limitations of climate-smart agriculture - The case of Egypt

Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) aims to facilitate the evolution of agricultural systems in the face of a rapidly changing climate. IFAD's approach to promoting CSA for smallholders focuses on three core objectives.

Décentraliser pour mieux servir les petits producteurs du Sahel

Le FIDA, une institution spécialisée du système des Nations Unies, procédera à l’ouverture officielle de son Bureau sous régional, Afrique de l'Ouest, le 25 juin 2019 à Dakar, capitale du Sénégal.

New policies and investments urgently needed in support of rural youth in poorest countries, says a new UN report

Effective policies and investments are urgently needed if the world's poorest countries are to offer a future to hundreds of millions of marginalized young people living in rural areas, according to a new report released today by the United Nations' International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Call for proposals: Grant to implement Capacity Building Programme

This Call for Proposals is intended to identify the recipient of a three year grant financed by The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for a total amount of up to US$ 3.0 Million to implement a Capacity Building Programme to improve financial management in selected IFAD-financed projects.

UN report outlines prospects for rural youth in some of the world's poorest countries.

Nearly 1 billion of the world’s 1.2 billion youth live in developing countries and half of them in rural areas where they are most often poor, lack economic opportunities and face constraints to access land, services, technology and training.

On International Day of Family Remittances, a reminder that 1 in 9 people globally are supported by funds sent home by migrant workers

Remittances from international migrant workers to their families are expected to rise to over US$550 billion in 2019, up some $20 billion from $529 billion last year, Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), stated today.

Harold Liversage talks about land tenure

Harold Liversage, land tenure specialist at IFAD, talks about land and secured land rights for rural communities.

Paxina Chileshe talks about climate adaptation

Paxina Chileshe, climate change specialist at IFAD, talks about climate adaptation and smallholder farmers.

Massimo Giovanola talks about agricultural risk management

Massimo Giovanola, risk management specialist at IFAD, talks about IFAD's innovative and holistic approach to agricultural risk management.

Mawira Chitima talks about water

Mewira Chitima, water and infrastructure specialist at IFAD, talks about availability and access to water and rural infrastructure for resilience, market access and economic growth.

Antonio Rota talks about livestock

Antonio Rota, livestock specialist at IFAD, talks about how livestock is important to marginalised people living in rural areas.

Pedro de Vasconcelos talks about remittances

Pedro de Vasconcelos, remittances specialist at IFAD, talks about remittances and their impact on people living in rural areas.

Joyce Njoro talks about nutrition

Joyce Njoro, nutrition specialist at IFAD, talks about the chronic impact of malnutrition and undernutrition.

Sending money home: ten reasons why remittances matter

The International Day of Family Remittances is observed every year on 16 June in recognition of the fundamental contribution of migrant workers to their families and communities back home and to the sustainable development of their countries of origin.

Is China getting greener?

China is the world's largest greenhouse gases (GHG) emitter, yet it is also the world's leading country in energy production from renewable sources.

CARD: Assessing data for climate-friendly action in rural contexts

Datasets on crop production increasingly need to take climate change into consideration, given its potentially profound repercussions for agriculture.

'Don't forget the role women play in feeding the world' - UN Leader to speak at Women Deliver 2019 Global Conference

Equality for women can be a cornerstone in building a world without hunger and poverty, according to experts from IFAD attending Women Deliver 2019, but only if it is extended to the 1.7 billion women and girls who live in some of the world poorest rural areas.

Launch of the UN’s Decade of Family Farming to unleash family farmers’ full potential

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) today launched the United Nations’ Decade of Family Farming and a Global Action Plan to boost support for family farmers, particularly those in developing countries.

‘Make your moves matter’- UN rural poverty agency launches dance challenge on TikTok to empower rural youth to fight rising hunger

IFAD is launching an innovative global dance challenge, asking young people to make their moves matter and record a 15-second dance video in support of creating opportunities for rural youth in some of the world's poorest countries.

From low to high: Increasing productivity and purchasing power in Kenya

There are more than 7.5 million smallholder farmers in Kenya, accounting for about 75 per cent of the country's total agricultural output.

Forging tools to catalyse food production in Senegal

In 1992, Khadim Thiam established a tiny workshop in Tambacounda, Senegal, to produce agricultural equipment, such as hoes, seed drills, ploughs and animal-traction carts.

Uganda Yield Fund: early lessons from IFAD's first private sector investment fund

In 2017, IFAD took its first plunge into the private sector investment space by launching the Uganda Yield Fund in partnership with the European Union.

Investing in the blue economy to accelerate sustainable development in Africa

The President of IFAD, Gilbert F. Houngbo, will be in Maputo, Mozambique for the Growing Blue Conference where he will speak to the need for greater investment in sustainable development for rural people whose livelihoods depend on aquatic resources including small-scale fisheries, aquaculture and coastal environments.

UN Agency Deputy Head to visit Viet Nam to strengthen 25-year rural development partnership

Donal Brown, Associate Vice-President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is visiting the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam this week to review progress made together to improve lives and reduce poverty in rural areas.

World Bee Day - High-altitude honey

In the Sierra Norte mountain range in Mexico lives a special breed of bee. Known locally as pisilnekmej, the Scaptotrigona Mexicana is a member of the family native to the American continent whose distinctive trait is that they have no sting.

Healthy diets vital for progress in Lao PDR, say UN food agencies FAO, IFAD and WFP conclude three-day visit to see nutrition programmes

The heads of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) today concluded a joint visit to the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) with a call for greater investment in nutrition.

Tanzania and IFAD strengthen partnership for reducing rural poverty

The President of the IFAD, Gilbert F. Houngbo, will travel to the United Republic of Tanzania and meet President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli and other high-ranking officials to discuss investments to improve food and nutrition security, provide employment opportunities for rural youth and reduce poverty.

IFAD and the Philippines to invest $95.1 million in agribusiness development to increase incomes and reduce rural poverty

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has signed a financing agreement with the Government of the Philippines to reduce poverty and increase incomes for 469,200 rural people in 20 of the poorest provinces in Mindanao and Eastern Visayas regions.

IFAD and Republic of Korea sign new agreement to help poor rural communities around the world prosper

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Korea Rural Economic Institute (KREI) signed an agreement today to strengthen their collaborative efforts to end hunger and poverty in developing countries around the world.

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