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New UN report launched in Beijing calls for building climate resilience to fight hunger

China has made strides in reducing undernourishment, but worldwide hunger and malnutrition are on the rise, according to the 2018 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) report, launched locally today in Beijing.

Agrarian reform and protecting land and environmental defenders at heart of Global Land Forum declaration

Agrarian reform and protecting land and environmental defenders are two urgent areas for action called for by members of the International Land Coalition (ILC) in the Bandung declaration.

Wetlands are disappearing three times faster than forests

Wetlands cover around 4-6 per cent of the world’s surface – and are exactly as they sound - areas flooded with water. They contribute to climate regulation and support ecosystems and biodiversity.

Pakistan: Breaking the cycle of poverty

The poorest people in the world are trapped in what is called the 'cycle of poverty'. Their familiies are so poor that they cannot access the necessary resources to improve their lives.

Rethinking mobility - how to respond to opportunities in a changing world

Rural people often migrate seasonally with their herds, or to join the harvest in other districts.

IFAD and the Lab launch new partnership to drive finance to African smallholder farmers combating climate change

Today, in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly, the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance (the Lab) and the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) announced a new partnership that will help build climate resilience for smallholder farmers in Central and West Africa by developing and scaling up innovative financial instruments.

Invitation to bid: South-South R&D and Knowledge Platform and Partnerships for Sustainable Family Agriculture in Lusophone Countries

This Call for Proposals is intended to select a recipient or consortium of recipients to receive IFAD grant financing to implement a project on South-South R&D and Knowledge Platform and Partnerships for Sustainable Family Agriculture in Lusophone Countries.

The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and the International Fund for Agricultural Development Strengthen their Cooperation

On the margins of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, Patrick Gomes, Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and Gilbert Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed a letter of intent to intensify collaboration between the two institutions and support the implementation of development goals in their common Member States.

Exploring the Link Between Conflict and Global Hunger

As new evidence in the 2018 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) shows the number of hungry people in the world continues to rise -- reaching 821 million in 2017 -- journalists are invited to join world leaders as they discuss the complex link between those increasing hunger rates and conflict.

GCF-IFAD agreement will help agricultural communities adapt to climate change

A key agreement signed today between the Green Climate Fund and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will help pioneer new land-based pathways of climate action.

What does the evidence say about the expected benefits of rural land tenure security?

Improving farmers' land tenure security is expected to have many economic, social and environmental benefits.

Guatemala: Turning up the heat

Indigenous communities of Guatemala are feeling the effects of deforestation. Increased agriculture, illegal logging and fires have reduced forest cover, and rising temperatures and unpredictable bursts of rainfall that wash away the soil are making it difficult for farming communities to sustain themselves.

Joint visit of UN food agency heads to Niger

In August 2018, the heads of the three Rome-based food agencies travelled to Niger to strengthen their joint efforts to reduce poverty and hunger.

Anniversary of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

There are more than 370 million self-identified indigenous people in some 70 countries around the world. Worldwide, they account for 5 per cent of the population, but represent 15 per cent of those living in poverty.

Global hunger continues to rise, new UN report says

New evidence continues to signal that the number of hungry people in the world is growing, reaching 821 million in 2017 or one in every nine people, according to The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018 released today.

Recipes for Change: Gak Ik (Turkey soup)

Try the Recipe at home: Gak Ik (Turkey soup) - Guatemala

Recipes for Change: Smoked fish with sesame and sorrel sauce

Try the recipe at home: Smoked fish with sesame and sorrel sauce - Chad

UN to launch new progress report on achieving Zero Hunger

On 11 September 2018, the new edition of The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World will be launched by five UN agencies – FAO, IFAD, WFP, UNICEF and WHO.

IFAD's Independent Office of Evaluation launches "Roots", a podcast aimed at rural communities

On 4 September, the Independent Office of Evaluation of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) launches "Roots", a podcast created to disseminate the voice of rural workers in their own communities and in the world.

UN Food Gardens initiative getting climate smarter with IFAD

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is delighted to announce a new partnership with the UN Food Gardens initiative at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

World Water Week: Promoting sustainable irrigation by focusing on ecosystems

There is a direct link between human development and water. This is especially true for rural communities where access to water is a necessity to undertake subsistence agricultural production and to attain a minimum health standard.

Call for Interest for Consultant – Evaluations - IFAD Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE)

The Independent Office of Evaluation is seeking expressions of interest by highly motivated senior consultants to contribute to the following evaluations as team leaders or senior members.

From coconuts to hair oil: partnering producers and value chains

Rising demand for coconut and niche products can offer a route from poverty to prosperity for rural communities.

Tajikistan: United We Stand

Despite recent economic growth, the Republic of Tajikistan is still one of the poorest Central Asian countries. Its rural population makes up for 3/4 of the total and relies mostly on livestock and herding as its mainstay.

Why smallholder farmers are the key to combating global warming

This summer in the northern hemisphere has been characterised by unusually high temperatures and wildfires in many countries.

As millions experience increased food insecurity in the Sahel, UN food agency chiefs pledge to redouble efforts to reduce poverty and hunger

The heads of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) today pledged to increase support for regional efforts addressing the critical food and nutrition security situation in the Sahel.

Modernizing of micro shoe industries in Bangladesh

Bhairob, Bangladesh, has traditionally been a footwear producing area, and more than 7000 factories have been established here over the past few decades.

Call for Interest for Junior Consultant – IFAD Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE) - deadline extended 9 September 2018

The Independent Office of Evaluation is looking for highly motivated junior consultants to work as Research Analyst.

Livestock-keepers see incomes rise and nutrition improve in Afghanistan

Poor rural people in the Afghan provinces of Kabul, Parwan and Logar are feeding their families better and increasing their earnings by taking part in the IFAD-funded Community Livestock and Agriculture Project.

UN Food Agencies’ chiefs in Niger to support the Sahel’s efforts to fight hunger

The heads of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) will visit Niger from 15-18 August 2018, to highlight regional efforts to address the critical food and nutrition security situation in the Sahel.

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is celebrated on 9 August. This year’s theme is indigenous peoples’ migration and movement. It is a special day to unite our voices and walk together towards social and environmental justice.

IFAD to fund project to help hurricane-damaged agricultural areas of Haiti recover

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the government of Haiti signed a financing agreement today that will help restore agricultural productivity in areas of the country most-affected by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

IFAD and Bangladesh invest US$109 million to increase incomes of rural households

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Bangladesh today signed a financing agreement to significantly increase incomes and food and nutrition security for 250,000 rural households in southern Bangladesh where the highest percentage of rural poor reside.

The Rural Solutions Portal: IFAD’s web platform to leverage South-South and Triangular Cooperation for better livelihoods

One of the challenges is to share knowledge and lessons between countries and regions.

IFAD supports G20 initiatives to promote land management and rural youth employment

Ahead of his address to the Group of Twenty (G20) Ministers of Agriculture Meeting this week, Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), offered the institution's full support for efforts to increase the sustainable production of nutritious foods.

Agencias de la ONU con sede Roma profundizan su colaboración en América Latina y el Caribe

FAO, FIDA y WFP –las tres agencias de las Naciones Unidas con sede en Roma- están preparando planes de trabajo conjunto para Haití, Guatemala y Colombia, que incluyen la erradicación de la pobreza, el hambre, la promoción del desarrollo rural y agrícola y la prevención y gestión de desastres de origen natural.

IFAD announces new Associate Vice-President to lead its Corporate Services Department

Guoqi Wu joined the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) as the Associate Vice-President of the Corporate Services Department.

Water and the SDGs – the crucial common denominator

When a human baby is born, 75 per cent of its body mass is water. We are made of water and, like all living creatures on our planet, we would wither and die without it.

Senegal: IFAD invests in opportunities

The number of international migrants worldwide is growing at a faster rate than the world's population, reaching 258 million in 2017. Every day thousands of people leave their homes in search of a better life.

Invitation to bid: Advancing Technologies and Capacity Building for Climate-smart Aquaculture

This Call for proposals to select a recipient or consortium of recipients to receive IFAD grant financing to implement a project on Advancing Technologies and Capacity Building for Climate-smart Aquaculture.

FIDA y WFP estrechan colaboración con los países de América Latina y el Caribe para el logro de la Agenda 2030

El Fondo Internacional de Desarrollo Agrícola (FIDA) y el Programa Mundial de Alimentos (WFP), firmaron hoy un acuerdo con el fin de fortalecer su cooperación, profundizando así el impacto de sus acciones para el logro de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS) en América Latina y el Caribe.

Increased access to finance could help thousands of smallholder farmers while improving Mali’s agriculture sector

More than 440,000 smallholder farmers in Mali will soon have better access to rural financial services thanks to a new agreement signed on 6 July by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Republic of Mali.

Assessment of IFAD’s policy impact in Asia

IFAD understands that projects alone cannot eradicate rural poverty or generate rural transformation because, inevitably, they reach a limited number of people.

Strengthened partnership with Sudan and IFAD to focus on future of rural transformation

udan’s economic future may rest in the hands of its smallholder farmers. Two thirds of the country’s population (36.2 million people) live in rural areas and agriculture provides essential employment for 70-80 percent of the labour force.

IFAD and Guatemala’s Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock discuss inclusive rural transformation at regional event

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAGA), hosted the second edition of the Dialogues for Inclusive Rural Transformation in Guatemala event last week.

Transforming youth into agents of change

It was just after midday, on a hot and rainy day in May, that we met with Emmanuel Abaysenga outside of the facilities of the Nyanza Milk Industries.

Improving traditional products to reach new markets

Family farmers in rural Bosnia and Herzegovina and Egypt have increased their incomes, production and skills by taking part in a project funded by an IFAD grant and implemented by Oxfam Italia.

The Gambia: IFAD invests in rural women

Almost half the world's agricultural workers are women, yet they own less land than men. Farmer Awa Jagne speaks about how access to land has changed her life.

New agriculture development project will support family farming and reduce food imports in the Union of Comoros

A new agricultural development project, which will assist 35,000 vulnerable smallholder farmers improve local food production and reduce reliance on imports, was launched on 19 June in Moroni, the capital of the Union of Comoros.

IFAD's Transparency Agenda

Transparency is imperative to achieve greater accountability and development effectiveness. This video shows IFAD’s increased commitment to high transparency standards in all aspects of operations. It also presents the corporate transparency action plan developed to help IFAD build a culture of transparency to promote partnerships based on trust and to maximize development impacts.

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