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Why we should care about vulnerable coastal communities

Approximately 40 per cent of the world’s population lives within 100 kilometers of the coast, and overall the world’s coastal population is increasing fast.

Change starts at home – Addressing gender imbalances and climate issues through household methodologies

IFAD is piloting the use of household methodologies (HHMs) for gender equality and climate change adaptation as a way to accelerate progress towards the economic empowerment of rural women in Rwanda.

Hitting the right notes – Midori raises awareness of rural women through music

World-renowned violinist and United Nations Messenger of Peace, Midori, travelled to Viet Nam to meet with and perform for villagers in a remote and poverty-stricken community to raise awareness of the challenges faced by rural women.

Ten books to read this winter

We asked colleagues for their recommended reading on issues relevant to global development from gender to development to finance. If you are looking to read something a little more serious this holiday season, check out our list below.

Senegal and IFAD partner to promote climate resilient agriculture and rural entrepreneurship

Over 43,700 vulnerable rural households in Senegal will benefit from a US$72.4 million programme that aims to improve food and nutrition security and incomes of smallholder crop and livestock farmers in four regions of Senegal.

IFAD welcomes the European Union’s commitment to a new impact fund targeting small agribusinesses across emerging markets

The European Union has committed €45 million to the establishment of a new impact fund that will boost investments in small rural agribusinesses across emerging markets.

The Real Groundbreakers: Halimé Djimet, Chad

Halimé Djimet is leading a collective of women in Chad to produce and market their sesame seed oil successfully.

IFAD to invest $13 million in Myanmar to reduce poverty and improve food security and nutrition in rural areas

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has signed a financing agreement with the Government of Myanmar to reduce poverty, and improve food security and nutrition for over 390,000 rural people in the northern Magway region and southern Chin state.

Building bridges between smallholders and financial markets

One of the major challenges facing smallholders is getting adequate and cost-efficient protection against price volatility and climate-related impacts on production.

UN Messenger for Peace, Midori, performs in poor rural communities in Viet Nam's Tuyen Quang province

The world-renowned violinist and UN Messenger of Peace, Midori, will travel to rural Viet Nam this week to meet with and perform for villagers in a remote and poverty-stricken community where projects supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have been working to improve conditions.

From Africa to Brazil and back: empowering youth through South-South learning exchange

Seven women and men from Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria and Ivory Coast take part in a one-week learning exchange programme in Brazil focused on climate resilient post-harvest management of cassava.

Major international discussions draw to a close in Poland

An international conference in Poland will try to finalise a deal on how to tackle climate change, but delegates from almost 200 countries are yet to agree on how to implement the Paris climate accord reached three years ago.

Acting now: enforcing global action to limit further warming of the planet

Delegates from some 200 countries are meeting for two weeks of talks on tackling climate change in Katowice, Poland at an event hosted by the United Nations.

New IFAD-funded project to raise incomes of smallholder farmers in Uganda

Over 30,800 vulnerable rural households in Uganda will benefit from a US$210.4 million project that aims to sustainably increase rural livelihoods by supporting an efficient oil palm industry that complies with modern environmental and social standards.

IFAD-financed projects support rural poverty reduction and agricultural development in Kenya

Rural development projects financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have contributed to increase productivity, incomes and food security in Kenya, according to a new report presented today in the capital city of Nairobi.

Angela Merkel sends message of support that includes IFAD at Global Citizens’ Mandela 100 Festival

Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel calls on the international community to increase food production and help create jobs in rural areas to help defeat poverty and hunger.

Recipes for Change: Sesame Fish with Sorrel Sauce

Traditional rainfall patterns are changing in Chad, making it increasingly difficult for the poorest populations who rely on small farming for subsistence, to successfully plant and harvest their crops.

India: Nutrition through innovation

An innovative solution is improving nutrition in rural areas of Madhya Pradesh, India, where 42% of children suffer from malnutrition.

Kenya and IFAD to discuss results of impact evaluation and country strategy aimed at better targeting interventions and strengthening partnerships in the country

The Independent Office of Evaluation of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Kenya are holding a one-day workshop to present the results of an independent evaluation of IFAD's country strategy and programme in Kenya.

IFAD and Zimbabwe to affirm partnership and commitment to reducing rural poverty

In his first visit to Zimbabwe since taking office as President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Gilbert F. Houngbo will meet President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa and other government officials to discuss investments to improve food and nutrition security, provide employment opportunities for rural youth, and reduce poverty.

IFAD and Egypt partner to reduce rural poverty and improve farm productivity and income

Donal Brown, IFAD Associate Vice-President, Programme Management Department, will meet with government officials during a four-day visit to Egypt that is centred on IFAD investments to galvanize rural development and transform marginalized areas.

Pope Francis to address world leaders at the Governing Council of IFAD, a Rome-based United Nations agency, on 14 February 2019

Against the backdrop of rising global hunger, Pope Francis will join world leaders at the opening ceremony of the Forty-Second session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a United Nations agency, on 14 February 2019.

Bolivia and IFAD team up to improve the lives of rural poor people

Cornelia Richter, Vice-President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), begins a four-day visit to Bolivia today to meet with government officials and development partners to discuss ways to strengthen alliances and have a greater impact on the lives of rural poor people in the country.

Agriculture Advantage 2.0: Transforming Food Systems Under a Changing Climate

A six-day side event series at COP24, identifying actions to transform global food systems to deliver on food security, adaptation to climate change, and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions.

Independent evaluation shows that IFAD support to Burkina Faso has increased agricultural productivity and incomes of households

Development projects financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have contributed to increased agricultural productivity and food security levels in Burkina Faso, according to results from an independent evaluation presented today.

Burkina Faso and IFAD to boost rural productivity and smallholder farmer incomes

A new project targeting 57,000 of Burkina Faso’s most vulnerable smallholder farmer households will be launched 23 November in Ouagadougou, and will help toward improving food security and incomes in the Boucle du Mouhoun, Cascades and Hauts Bassins Regions.

La unión hace la fuerza: FAO, FIDA y WFP presentan un informe de su trabajo conjunto en América Latina y el Caribe

Agencias de las Naciones Unidas con sede en Roma presentaron durante la Semana de la Alimentación y la Agricultura, en Buenos Aires, un informe de su trabajo conjunto

Empowering youth to drive sustainable development

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) released its latest report on the transformation of rural areas, renewing its commitment to empower young people in developing countries as agents of change.

The sweet smell of success in Myanmar

As part of the FARM project, local facilities called Knowledge Centres are being established at the community level in several villages in Myanmar.

Burkina Faso and IFAD to discuss country strategy aimed at enhancing agricultural development and supporting smallholder farmers

The Independent Office of Evaluation of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Burkina Faso are holding a one-day workshop to present the results of an independent evaluation of IFAD's country strategy and programme in Burkina Faso.

Peace and stability are not possible without rural development, says IFAD President ahead of Paris Peace Forum

At this week's Paris Peace Forum, Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will ask global leaders to consider the crucial role that increased investment in rural areas of developing countries can play in addressing the root causes of conflicts .

En su primer acto en Panamá, el FIDA alerta de la relación entre la nutrición y los problemas sociales que afrontan las áreas rurales

El Fondo Internacional de Desarrollo Agrícola (FIDA), la agencia de las Naciones Unidas especializada en financiar proyectos y programas de desarrollo rural, realiza del 5 al 7 de noviembre en la Ciudad de Panamá un taller sobre nutrición, desarrollo rural y agricultura.

IFAD and Turkey establish a new sub-regional hub in Istanbul

An agreement to open a new sub-regional office in Istanbul, serving as an operational hub in the Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia and Balkan region, for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations, was signed yesterday with the Government of Turkey.

Blockchain: a plus for smallholder farmers?

Imagine that instead of redistributing wealth through governments, we could instead change how wealth is distributed to begin with.

Building sustainable and resilient cities

Held under the theme Better City, Better Life, the UN marks World Cities Day to strengthen cooperation among countries and cities in addressing the challenges of urbanization, while contributing to sustainable urban development.

IFAD and China invest US$183.5 million to reduce rural poverty through Agribusiness development

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and China have signed a financing agreement to reduce poverty and increase incomes for 198,847 rural people in 10 counties in the Qinba and Liupanshui Mountain areas in Sichuan and Ningxia Provinces.

Food loss reduction: a solution to global hunger?

One of the greatest challenges facing humanity today is how to feed an ever growing population.

Women lead a revived honey industry in the Solomon Islands

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Solomon Islands honey was well positioned to begin exporting, as the industry was starting to thrive with an expanding membership and local investment.

Recipes for Change: Kak-Ik

In this episode of Recipes for Change, Italian Chef Rubio is in Guatemala to see how the Qeq'chi people are managing to conserve their traditional foods in the face of climate change.

IFAD's operations support better living conditions for 50,000 rural Tunisian households

Development projects financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have contributed to better living conditions and less poverty in rural areas through substantial investments in natural resources management and socio-economic infrastructure, according to a new report presented today in the capital city of Tunis.

Nutrition for girls: Save the Children / IFAD, integrated and multi-sectoral measures to save adolescent girls from malnutrition and prevent early deaths

Opens today in Rome the International Conference "Leaving no one behind - making the case for adolescent girls," organized by IFAD, Save the Children, with support of the Canadian Government.

Invitation to bid: Pro-poor agricultural innovation system for sustainable and resilient agri-food systems

This Call for Proposals is intended to select a recipient or consortium of recipients to receive IFAD grant financing to implement a project on Pro-poor Agricultural Innovation System for Sustainable and Resilient Agri-food Systems.

IFAD joins Lusophone member states and FAO to achieve sustainable family farming

IFAD has added its name to the “Charter of Lisbon for the Strengthening of Family Farming,” to promote public policies that will strengthen smallholder farming and advance the 2030 Agenda.

La République du Congo (RC) et le Fonds international de développement agricole (FIDA) renforcent leur partenariat pour améliorer les conditions de vie des petits producteurs congolais

Le Directeur Régional du FIDA pour l'Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre, Lisandro Martin vient de conclure une visite de travail du 17 au 18 Octobre 2018 en République du Congo où il était accompagné par Bernard Hien Directeur du Bureau sous régional du FIDA pour l'Afrique Centrale; Abdelhaq Hanafi Directeur Pays pour le République du Congo et la République démocratique du Congo et Ephraim Balemba Chargé de Programme.

IFAD and Japan join global push to tackle poverty in rural areas

IFAD and Japan's International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) to expand their existing projects across Africa, with a focus on knowledge and operational exchanges for sustainable agricultural practices.

Let's give smallholder livestock farmers of the developing world a chance

In developed countries, many people are cutting their meat consumption driven by health or animal welfare concerns or a wish to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Tunisia and IFAD to discuss results of evaluation and future opportunities for the rural development

The Independent Office of Evaluation of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the Government of Tunisia are holding a one-day workshop to reveal the conclusions of an independent evaluation of IFAD's country strategy and programme in Tunisia.

La République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) et le Fonds international de développement agricole (FIDA) s'engagent sur de nouvelles bases pour la transformation des zones rurales congolaises

Après près de deux années de suspension de ses activités en République démocratique du Congo (RDC), le FIDA a décidé de relancer sa coopération avec le ce pays membre du Fonds et de redémarrer ses opérations d'investissements en faveur des petits producteurs agricoles et ruraux.

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

As the UN marks its annual Day for the Eradication of Poverty, more people than ever before are going hungry, due in large part to extreme poverty – currently measured as living on less than US$1.90 a day.

Rural enterprises are making women agents of change in Ghana

Rural women are just as enterprising as their male counterparts, if given equal opportunity and tools. Through training and skills development, rural women can play a much greater role in the development of their communities and boost the local economy.

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