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IFAD and GEF: Working together to boost the development dividend

By balancing higher yields and incomes with healthy ecosystems, a new report shows how the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a UN specialized agency dedicated to smallholder agriculture development, and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), are benefiting millions of rural people in developing countries.

IFAD’s External Relations and Governance chief in China to visit rural families and meet with senior officials

Charlotte Salford, Associate Vice-President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), is in China this week to meet with senior officials of the government, partners from the private sector as well as participants in IFAD-supported projects. IFAD is a specialized agency of the United Nations dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries.

Development of Kenya’s aquaculture sector could reduce rural poverty and tackle chronic malnutrition and food insecurity

More than 35,000 rural households in Kenya will soon be eating better and earning more money thanks to a new financial agreement signed today by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Republic of Kenya in support of the country’s aquaculture sector.

Development veteran and former head of UK's Ebola Task Force joins IFAD as Associate Vice-President

Donal Brown of the United Kingdom has joined the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) as Associate Vice-President of the Programme Management Department.

African post offices can be at the forefront of remittance and financial services in rural areas

Postal services can play a pivotal role in delivering remittances, lowering the transfer costs and providing access to basic financial services in Africa, according to a report released today by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the European Commission (EC) on the occasion of the International Day of Family Remittances to be observed tomorrow.

International Day of Family Remittances: Working to build prosperity at home

Ahead of the International Day of Family Remittances to be observed on 16 June, Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) called for continued efforts to help remittance-receiving families build a sustainable future for themselves and their communities.

Invitation to bid: Project-Friendly Metrics and Technologies for Better Results in Nutrition-Sensitive Projects

This Call for proposals is intended to select a recipient or consortium of recipients to receive IFAD grant financing to implement a Project-Friendly Metrics and Technologies for Better Results in Nutrition-Sensitive Projects.

IFAD attracts business to climate smart investments

Agriculture is stepping up in the fight against climate change with help from the private sector. A new report from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) shows that investing in climate-resilient agriculture can attract sizeable contributions from the private sector.

New US$62.1 million grant to help boost rural enterprise sector in Mozambique

A new financial agreement, signed today by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Republic of Mozambique, 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.

How inclusive rural transformation will be crucial to promote sustainable and resilient societies

IFAD highlights that the rural world – where most poor and hungry people live – deserves special attention.

Swedish government joins Rome-based UN agencies to discuss Agenda 2030 climate change challenges

Poor rural and coastal communities are among the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Their livelihoods on what can be marginalized lands are dependent upon the sustainable management of natural resources – so climate change increases any existing vulnerabilities, threatening their stability.

UN agency President at EAT Stockholm Food Forum: striking the right balance to feed the world

Ending poverty and hunger top the list of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, but achieving this shared ambition by 2030 will only happen if the world finds the right balance between meeting rising food demands while simultaneously preserving the environment and building community resilience, according to Gilbert F. Houngbo, the President of the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development.

IFAD and Nepal invest US$68.1 million to improve incomes and food and nutrition security for rural smallholders

IFAD and Nepal have signed a financing agreement to significantly improve incomes and food and nutrition security for 35,000 rural farming households in 10 districts in State 6.

Knowledge-sharing and partnerships are key to eradicating poverty and hunger by 2030

A high-level delegation of the Government of China, representatives from Italy, several African countries and United Nations officials, participated today in a workshop aimed at boosting the sharing of knowledge and building partnerships to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals on eradicating hunger and extreme poverty by 2030.

Empowering Afro-descendant communities in Latin America

Afro-descendants are among the most vulnerable populations in Latin America, facing the region’s worst rates of inequality, violence and rural poverty. A recent IFAD-supported grant worked to challenge these trends, empowering Afro-descendants to exercise their rights, increase their incomes and achieve greater social inclusion.

Cooperative of indigenous women in Guatemala reaches international markets

In Guatemala, a cooperative of indigenous women is now exporting goods to international markets with the support of an IFAD grant.

IFAD Vice-President in Kenya to promote innovations for rural transformation

Cornelia Richter, Vice-President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), concluded a five-day visit to Kenya where she met with Deputy President William Ruto and other high-ranking government officials to discuss expanding successful rural development investments to include stronger links between public and private sector.

Call for proposals: IFAD grant financing to implement a project on "Delivering Extension Services to the Last-Mile: Improving smallholders' access to innovation and pluralistic, demand-driven extension services"

This call for proposals is to select a recipient or consortium of recipients to receive IFAD grant financing to implement a project on ‘Delivering Extension Services to the Last-Mile: Improving smallholders' access to innovation and pluralistic, demand-driven extension services’ .

Tools for the trade to reach new markets in Manila

Roland’s workshop sits by the side of the road, a large wooden structure from which the sounds of a lathe and a hammer emerge from time to time. In the garden, two teenagers are stripping dried palm leaves into fibre, which a woman is wrapping around a knife handle.

Independent evaluation shows that IFAD's support to Angola has helped small farmers to improve their livelihoods

Development projects supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have contributed to improve the productivity and production of main staple crops, which enabled households participating in the projects to move beyond subsistence farming, according to the findings of a new evaluation report presented today in Luanda.

Call for papers - IFAD Journal of Law and Rural Development

The IFAD Journal of Law and Rural Development invites you to submit papers for the third issue of the Journal, which will be published in Spring 2019. The topic of the third issue will be the relationship between youth, migration and rural development. Articles do not need to focus solely on legal issues, and articles on other relevant topics will also be considered. The deadline for receipt of draft articles is 30 September 2018.

The miracle of beekeeping

Beekeeping can be an essential lifeline for smallholders and subsistence farmers in rural areas to generate income. Bees are well known for honey production, but they also provide other marketable products, such as pollen, propolis, royal jelly, venom, queens and their larvae.

New opportunity for Angolan smallholder farmers to boost food security and be more resilient to climate change

A new financial agreement, signed today between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Angola, will boost food and nutrition security among some 8,000 Angolan rural households in Benguela, Cunene and Huila provinces.

Ecuador: El Airo's people want to stay in El Airo

Talking about the roya (coffee rust) epidemic in El Airo, a rural community in southern Loja province in Ecuador, brings back bad memories to the minds of local coffee growers. In 2010 and 2011, this fungus devastated coffee plants all over the province, plunging farming families into poverty and forcing many of them to leave.

Presentation of the results of the first evaluation of the activities and investments of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Angola

The Angolan government and IFAD are presenting an analysis of the achievements in their fight against rural poverty and the challenges that lie ahead in the country.

Family farming is key to better diets and better lives in Guinea

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Republic of Guinea signed a new financial agreement today, which will help more than 65,000 rural households raise their incomes, improve their diets and increase their ability to deal with climate change.

Empowering rural people by promoting renewable energy

Did you know that annual global energy consumption equals only the amount of energy delivered by the Sun in a single hour?

IFAD and the Palestinian Authority collaborate in expanding cultivated land in the West Bank

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized UN agency that invests in rural development, and the Palestinian Authority have agreed to further their collaborate in developing agricultural land, promoting more climate resilient farming practices, and increasing productivity and profitability of agriculture in the West Bank.

Remittances - an engine for development that still needs to move up a gear

High-level speakers at today’s opening of the Global Forum on Remittances, Investment and Development in Kuala Lumpur, shared a common message – public and private sector must work further together to leverage the immense development potential of remittances in the Asia Pacific region.

Remittances to the Asia- Pacific region reach US$ 256 billion helping millions of families to build a better future

Last year, migrant workers sent US$ 256 billion to their families in the Asia-Pacific region, according to the report “RemitSCOPE - Remittance markets and opportunities – Asia and the Pacific” and a new webportal on remittances released today by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

IFAD and China invest US$256.7 million to reduce poverty and improve incomes for smallholder farmers in Qinba Mountains

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and China signed an agreement today to finance a project that aims to reduce poverty and improve incomes for 339,561 smallholder farmers in the Qinba Mountains in south Shaanxi by increasing their access to finance and market opportunities.

Investing in the potential of rural entrepreneurs

Charlotte Salford, Associate Vice-President of External Relations and Governance at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), is in the Philippines this week to visit an IFAD-supported project that is assisting more than 300,000 smallholder farmers, rural youth, indigenous peoples and women to become highly productive and competitive entrepreneurs in agriculture.

Global Forum on Remittances, Investment and Development – Asia Pacific

Each year, billions of dollars in remittances are sent by migrants to their families in the Asia-Pacific Region. And while this money provides a lifeline for families who use it to cover basic needs and invest in their future, it also has a tremendous economic impact on the region more broadly.

2018 Rome-based Agencies Award of Excellence

The call for nominations has been extended until 7 June.

What do rural women want?

Caroline Namara, a radio journalist and social worker in the remote rural area of Bushenyi in Western Uganda, tells us what she thinks rural women want.

New challenges for the global economy

There are many reasons to be hopeful about the global economy in 2018.

International conference: Rural Inequalities: Evaluating approaches to overcome disparities

Media are invited to participate in the International Conference on Rural Inequalities: Evaluating approaches to overcome disparities.

IFAD and Ant Financial sign Declaration of Intent, exploring ways to develop rural economies

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Ant Financial Services Group today signed a Joint Declaration of Intent to explore ways to contribute to economic development in rural areas and the reduction of rural poverty in China and other developing countries.

In the 21st century rural development is synonymous with sustainable development

To achieve many of the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) it is essential to move towards a profound transformation of rural societies.

A new paradigm for rural development

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent the broadest consensus ever reached by humanity regarding the kind of development we aspire to. They establish a minimum for our civilization regarding the opportunities and levels of well-being to which every human being is entitled, and define humanity’s obligations with respect to our planet and its future generations.

A Chefs’ Manifesto: How the food industry can deliver a better future for food

The SDG2 Advocacy Hub is a consortium of NGOs, advocacy groups, civil society, private sector and UN agencies that collaborate on campaigns that help achieve SDG2 - to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture by 2030.

Territorios Productivos - transforming rural policies in Mexico

In 2014, IFAD and the Mexican government piloted a new policy approach that goes beyond cash transfers to help eradicate rural poverty. Through this pilot project, designed and implemented in partnership with the Centro Latinoamericano para el Desarollo Rural (RIMISP), poor, rural families – those who receive the small monthly social security payments – for the first time have been able to access Government’s agricultural support programmes and have increased their productivity and incomes.

Let’s talk about goats: Boosting India’s goat sector could double rural incomes

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is partnering with the Government of India, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Creative Agri-solutions, to host a two-day conference starting today to discuss how to significantly improve the goat sector in rural areas, specifically in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Odisha states.

Let’s talk about goats

Antonio Rota has more than 30 years’ experience working with livestock in the rural development sector. He will be participating in a national conference on developing a vibrant goat sector in India, 16-17 April 2018.

Why feminism’s next wave has everything to do with farming

Amplifying the Voices of Rural Women – an event organised by the International Fund for Agricultural Development at the Perugia International Journalism Festival.

Finding a future in farming in Guinea

Should I stay or should I go? This question is likely on the mind of hundreds of thousands of young people in developing countries wondering what the future holds for them at home and dreaming of a better life abroad.

Support to smallholder farmers, women and youth on the agenda for discussions with Mauritanian President and Prime Minister

Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), will meet Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, and other officials of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, to discuss how investment in agriculture can ensure food and nutrition security and create jobs for rural people, particularly women and youth.

United Nations agency welcomes former EBRD director to lead newly-created External Relations and Governance Department

Charlotte Salford, a Swedish national and founder and Managing Director of GROWTHCAP, a private firm advising socially responsible small and medium enterprises, has joined the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) as Associate Vice-President of External Relations and Governance.

Organizing farmers is crucial to feeding West and Central Africa and achieving global development goals

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania are hosting a four-day forum that brings together policymakers, development practitioners, rural producers and farmers organizations to find ways to strengthen food security and poverty reduction at country and regional levels.

IFAD President and Angolan President to discuss investment in rural youth employment

Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), will meet Angolan President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, and other officials of the Republic of Angola, to discuss investing in rural communities to improve food security and provide employment opportunities for rural youth.

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