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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.

UN food agencies to visit Lao PDR to support efforts to boost nutrition

The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), with a representative from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), will visit the Lao People's Democratic Republic from 14-16 May 2019 to raise greater awareness about the importance of integrated food systems to improve food and nutrition security, and to see first-hand the agencies’ collaborative programmes in action.

Achieving gender equality is a precondition for the eradication of poverty

Whether paid or unpaid, women undertake a wide range of tasks in rural contexts and this contribution to rural economies is often undervalued.

UN food agencies step up joint efforts to tackle rural gender inequalities

Three United Nations agencies today launched a new European Union-supported global initiative to address the root causes of rural gender inequalities and thus strengthen efforts to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

Guatemala: Leveling the playing field

A group of courageous Guatemalan women set off in 2010 to form their own farming cooperative, "4Pinos" after facing discrimination in the men's cooperative.

Call for nominations for the external chair of the Consultation on the Twelfth Replenishment of IFAD's Resources

IFAD is seeking an external chair to oversee the IFAD12 Consultation and support the achievement of a positive outcome for IFAD, its Member States and – above all – the 2.5 billion people in developing countries whose livelihoods directly or indirectly depend on farming.

The capital difference: Expanding horticulture in Rwanda

Including smallholder farmers in Rwanda in the production and export of cash crops is vital to increasing their incomes and ultimately to reducing rural poverty.

The impact of a value chain approach in Nigeria

The IFAD-funded Value Chain Development Programme in Nigeria assists cassava and rice smallholder farmers through a value chain approach to enhance productivity, promote agro-processing and increased access to markets. The programme aims to transform the agricultural sector of rural Nigeria by achieving food security, increasing incomes and creating new employment opportunities.

Key findings of the MOPAN assessment of IFAD

The Multilateral Organisation Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN) comprises 18 countries that share a common interest in assessing the effectiveness of the major multilateral organisations they fund.

Recommended books on Indigenous Peoples

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) will be held on 22 April to 3 May in New York. Here is our shortlist of books on the diverse issues affecting Indigenous Peoples around the world that will be discussed at the Forum.

Community gardens in the Gambia: one solution, many benefits

Anyone who stops by Berefet notices how local people cherish the community garden in this small village in the western Gambia.

The value of indigenous tree species in Ethiopia

In the Chencha region of southern Ethiopia, erosion continues to be a pressing concern for the Gamo people, one of the main indigenous tribes of Ethiopia. The Gamo people live in the highland area and primarily practice mixed agriculture and weaving.

Why women are key to better nutrition and global poverty eradication

Adolescence is the transition period between childhood and adulthood – the perfect opportunity to improve nutrition and correct poor nutritional practices.

How improved nutrition can save the world - with Italian celebrity chef Cristina Bowerman and RAI TV presenter Luca Rosini

Why women are key to better nutrition and global poverty eradication – an event organised by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) at the Perugia International Journalism Festival

A tool to make rural investments more resilient

Climate change has made crop production more unpredictable – if rainfall helped this harvest, an unexpected drought could destroy the next. So how can one decide to invest in millet in Chad's Kanem region or if it's too risky put money in wheat in Lesotho's Thaba-Tseka?

Rwanda: Reducing food loss in a changing climate

Farmers in Rwanda can lose around 30 per cent of their harvests before they even reach the market, due to a lack of adequate means to dry, store and transport the crops.

Transforming innovative ideas into sustainable agriculture in West and Central Africa

Ideas are the lifeblood of innovation. To accelerate rural transformation while tackling rural poverty, food insecurity, nutrition, job creation and climate change, innovative ideas are needed.

Liberia and IFAD partner to improve smallholder farmers’ incomes and climate resilience

About 10,000 cocoa smallholder producers in Liberia will benefit from a new US$47.6 million project that aims to improve their food and nutrition security and raise their incomes by modernizing cocoa farming, increasing production and developing markets.

Cabo Verde, islands at the forefront of climate-resilient development

This week I had the chance to witness the impressive resilience and creativity of people working to improve agriculture in Cabo Verde.

How increased access to water shortens the path towards sustainable development in the Sahel

Every day Dienaba Sow travels 3.5 kilometres from her home in Hodio village towards Toung, in Senegal's Louga region, to collect water for her family's daily needs.

South-South and Triangular Cooperation can deliver rural solutions, reduce poverty and hunger

The world needs to harness the power of exchanges between countries in the Global South if we are to reduce poverty and improve food and nutrition security.

A new development paradigm - BAPA+40

A conference taking place this week in Buenos Aires, Argentina reminds us that developing countries today look as much to each other for help along their path to development as they do to the developed world.

El FIDA coordinará desde Panamá sus acciones a favor del desarrollo rural en Mesoamérica y el Caribe

Hoy martes 19 de marzo a las 08:30 tuvo lugar la inauguración oficial de la nueva Sede Sub-Regional para Mesoamérica y el Caribe del Fondo Internacional de Desarrollo Agrícola (FIDA), la agencia especializada del Sistema de las Naciones Unidas que brinda apoyo financiero y asistencia técnica para promover procesos de transformación rural, inclusiva y sostenible a nivel global.

The illusion of choice

Consumers increasingly want to know whether the food and beverage brands they buy from are doing social and environmental good, including doing right by the smallholder farmers in global food supply chains.

IFAD-financed projects contribute to improved agricultural productivity and incomes in Sri Lanka

Rural development projects financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have contributed to increased productivity and incomes in Sri Lanka, according to a new evaluation report presented today in Colombo.

India: Barring Malnutrition

With traditional crops abandoned for lucrative cash crops, malnutrition rates can quickly rise.

Central African Republic and IFAD to promote smallholder farmers’ resilience to climate change

Nearly 30,000 vulnerable households will be better equipped to deal with the fragility created by past conflict and the impacts of climate change thanks to a US$29 million project announced today that aims to improve food and nutrition security in four sub-prefectures of the Central African Republic.

International Women’s Day 2019

In many parts of the world, women are more likely to be food insecure than men. That’s despite the fact that in many countries, many women work in agriculture and are responsible for preparing food.

IFAD launches global campaign to close gender gap in agriculture and amplify the voices of rural women

On International Women’s Day, the United Nations' International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will kick off a campaign aimed at closing the gender gap in agriculture by drawing attention to the often overlooked contributions that rural women in developing countries make to rural economies, local communities and to improving the lives of rural families – men, women and children.

Workshop to review evaluation outcomes of IFAD-supported operations in Sri Lanka as well as future development plans

The Independent Office of Evaluation of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Sri Lanka are holding a one-day workshop in Colombo to share the conclusions of an independent evaluation of IFAD's country strategy and rural development programme in Sri Lanka.

Sierra Leone and IFAD to boost food security and incomes in rural areas

About 34,000 vulnerable rural households in Sierra Leone will benefit from a new US$72.6 million project that aims to improve food and nutrition security and raise the incomes of smallholder farmers by modernizing agriculture, increasing production and developing markets.

The Real Groundbreakers: Claudine from Rwanda

Through the power of a women’s farming co-operative in Rwanda, Claudine is using new techniques and seeds for better cassava harvests.

The Real Groundbreakers: Irma from Guatemala

Irma, a young Q’eqchi woman and farmer from Guatemala, is working to reforest over 400 hectares of land damaged by climate change, illegal logging and fires.

The Real Groundbreakers: Rekha from India

More school children are eating well because of Rekha, a business innovator in India who through a women’s cooperative is making nutrition bars with local rice.

Call for Proposals: Closing the data gap towards an efficient remittances market in Africa

IFAD’s FFR is launching a global Call for Proposals (CfP), aimed at identifying strong proposals and methodologies for collecting and analysing data on remittance markets in Africa, along with its most relevant corridors.

Using irrigation for rural development: drawing lessons from impact assessments

Irrigation is a lynchpin of rural development strategies. In particular, small-scale irrigation projects are commonplace due to their relatively low cost and user-led management.

IFAD and Egypt to promote resilience in desert environments with a US$81 million investment

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Egypt signed a financing agreement today to reduce poverty and enhance food and nutrition security by sustainably improving incomes and resilient livelihoods for 450,000 rural people in the Matrouh Governorate.

Highlights from IFAD's Governing Council

Pope Francis set the tone for the 42nd session of IFAD’s annual Governing Council meeting (14 - 15 February) by saying that hunger can be made a part of the world’s past, but only if all institutions and people work together, and only if these efforts are owned locally and driven by those who are suffering most, as architects of their own development.

Innovation, Finance, Partnerships: IFAD's Member State event closes with a push for progress and greater impact

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) ended its 42nd Governing Council meeting today by highlighting the need for more innovative approaches to financing development – particularly in rural areas of developing countries where the majority of the world's poorest people live.

Innovative impact fund to create jobs for rural youth in developing countries

An impact fund with an innovative approach for attracting much needed capital to the rural areas of developing countries will be launched today at the annual meeting of Member States of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Rwandan choreographer Sherrie Silver named IFAD Advocate for Rural Youth

Today during the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) annual meeting of Member States, award-winning choreographer, dancer and actress Sherrie Silver issued an urgent call-to-action to heads-of-state, government ministers, and development leaders to listen and invest in rural youth.

World-renowned violinist, Midori, tells world leaders to believe in the power of women and girls in remote rural communities

After performing a work by Johann Sebastian Bach, world-renowned violinist and UN Messenger of Peace, Midori, called on Pope Francis and other world leaders in attendance at the United Nation's International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) annual meeting today to believe in the transformative power of women and girls in underserved remote communities.

'Make hunger a thing of the past' Pope Francis tells government leaders attending IFAD's annual Member State meeting

Pope Francis set the tone for the 42nd session of the annual Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) by saying that hunger can be made a part of the world’s past, but only if all institutions and people work together, and only if these efforts are owned locally and driven by those who are suffering most, as architects of their own development.

Pope Francis highlights the role of the International Fund for Agricultural Development in ending global hunger and poverty

Pope Francis today highlighted the importance of rural development and the essential role played by the United Nations' International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in achieving the first two Sustainable Development Goals – ending global hunger and poverty.

New project to boost food and nutrition security and rural incomes in Burundi

Nearly 235,000 vulnerable households will benefit from a US$101 million project that aims to improve the living conditions and climate resilience of rural populations in five provinces of Burundi.

Forum leaders call on governments to recognize the contributions of indigenous peoples in the fight against climate change

Leaders attending the 4th Global Meeting of the Indigenous Peoples' Forum, held at the International Fund for Agricultural Development's (IFAD's) headquarters, called on governments to recognise indigenous peoples’ contributions in the fight to reduce the impacts of climate change and encourage sustainable development around the world.

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