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New IFAD-financed project in Jordan supports small ruminant production and reduces poverty in rural communities

Nearly 12,000 rural families will benefit from a new financing agreement signed last month between Jordan and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Caring for the Planet Starts from the Ground

Thouraya Lahmer and Aoun Ouni are two villagers from the south of Tunisia. Although they are not policy makers or soil experts, they both contribute to feeding the world.

IFAD President travels to India to further partnership and shared commitment to reducing rural poverty

Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), arrives in India today to meet with key government partners. The trip presents an opportunity to expand upon the focus and partnership between India and IFAD to boost smallholder farmer incomes and alleviate rural poverty in the country.

Agricultural investment can have big impact on the lives of women and girls in developing countries, says IFAD President

Investment in agriculture and rural development may be among the best ways for Canada to realize the goals of its new Feminist International Assistance Policy, bringing gender equality and economic empowerment to millions of women and girls in developing countries around the world. That’s the message Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), brings to Ottawa on Monday when he meets with Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canada’s Minister of International Development and La Francophonie.

FAO, IFAD and WFP join efforts to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean

The three United Nations Rome-based agencies - WFP, FAO and IFAD - are announcing a new alliance that will unite their efforts to support the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean to eradicate hunger, malnutrition and poverty, boost rural development and move towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The United Nations Rome-based Agencies commit to enhance their cooperation in the Global South to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030

At the Global South-South Development Expo in Antalya (Turkey), FAO, IFAD and WFP presented today a joint roadmap aiming at increasing their collaboration in support of South-South and Triangular Cooperation.

International delegation looks at impact of development projects on living conditions and livelihoods in rural Bangladesh

A delegation of member state representatives from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) begins a five-day working trip to Bangladesh today, with planned visits to IFAD-funded projects designed to increase incomes and improve living conditions for rural poor in the country.

The Malian diaspora invests to offer young people a better future at home

In Mali, young rural people find it difficult to borrow funds to start or develop their agricultural activities. This may now change thanks to the Babyloan Mali platform.

IFAD President to commit support to Mexico’s agenda on rural poverty reduction

Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), will meet with high-ranking officials of the Mexican government on 24 November to discuss IFAD's support of Mexico’s agenda on rural poverty reduction, as well as its roadmap to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals within the 2030 Agenda.

Agriculture is finally on the agenda!

In an iconic decision at COP 23, negotiators in Bonn agreed to new negotiation processes to “jointly address” a number of new agriculture topics – for the first time naming agriculture directly in the agreement.

Bangladesh: Land of our own

In South East Bangladesh, regular flooding - exacerbated by rising sea levels - displaces 26,000 people every year. People who are left homeless and landless after their homes are washed away resettle on newly formed river islands.

IFAD President and Argentina’s key leaders meet to discuss rural poverty reduction commitments

Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development of the United Nations (IFAD), will meet with the ministries of foreign affairs, finance and agroindustry on 21 November to discuss the country’s progress and plans in eradicating rural poverty.

IFAD President visits Sao Paulo to discuss innovation in agricultural development

Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development of the United Nations (IFAD), will highlight the importance of innovation in reducing rural poverty during his keynote speech at this year’s Brazil Africa Forum, 23-24 November in Sao Paulo.

IFAD head hails France’s continued support to small farmers in developing countries around the world

Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), will be in Paris today to take part in a roundtable that will review results from an independent evaluation of France's partnership with IFAD.

South-South and Triangular Cooperation is key to fighting hunger and poverty and transforming rural communities in developing countries

More than 300 participants representing governments, international organizations, academia, research organizations, the private sector, NGOs and civil society are expected to descend upon Brazil’s capital, Brasilia, from 20 to 21 November, to attend the International Conference on South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) - Leveraging Innovations from the Global South to Support Rural Transformation.

Germany pledges €20 million at COP 23 to help smallholders fight climate change

At COP 23 the German government announced that it is pledging €20 million in climate finance to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to help smallholder farmers in developing countries deal with the impacts of climate change and improve their food security.

IFAD invests $82 million in Pakistan’s National Poverty Graduation Programme

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Pakistan have signed an agreement today to improve livelihoods, living conditions and income-generating capacity for 320,000 poor rural households in Pakistan. The programme will be implemented nationwide.

Why does IFAD's 11th Replenishment matter?

Since approving the Fund's first projects in 1978, IFAD’s members have assembled periodically to review its operations, provide guidance for the future, and replenish the financial resources.

Pastoral Units in Senegal

Rural Solutions is a video series that highlights solutions to specific challenges that are common in rural areas of developing countries. As natural resources become more scarce, herders who migrate seasonally have to travel long distances to find water and grazing land. Here is a solution to this from Senegal.

Building businesses in Burkina Faso

Rural Solutions is a video series that highlights solutions to specific challenges that are common in rural areas of developing countries. Entrepreneurs in remote, rural areas face numerous obstacles when trying to build their businesses. This episode features a solution to this from Burkina Faso.

Fish Marketing Societies in India

Rural Solutions is a video series that highlights solutions to specific challenges that are common in rural areas of developing countries. Without access to financial services, rural people can find themselves forever in debt to loan sharks. In this Indian fishing community, the solution to this is collective power.

Powering rural households in Kenya

Rural Solutions is a video series that highlights solutions to specific challenges that are common in rural areas of developing countries. Biogas provides an environmentally-friendly alternative to power rural households - but biogas digesters are costly to set up, especially in remote areas. Here is a solution to this from Kenya.

To tackle climate change, we need to invest in smallholder farmers

The U.N.’s annual climate talks have increasingly become an expo of competing environmental priorities.

IFAD President and the President of the Dominican Republic to discuss renewed support for rural poverty eradication

Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development of the United Nations (IFAD), will meet with the President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina Sánchez, on 10 November at the National Palace to discuss a renewed partnership to alleviate rural poverty and to promote inclusion and resilience to climate change and natural disasters such as the hurricanes Irma and Maria that hit hard the Dominican Republic in September.

Biomimic Tree pushes agriculture up the Agenda at COP23

Bonn, Germany 7 November 2017 – Drawing attention to the impact that climate change is having on rural communities in developing countries, British artist Silas Birtwistle unveiled his Biomimic Tree at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany.

UN Climate Change Conference – COP 23

The UNFCCC COP23 is officially under way after an exciting opening ceremony. President of UNFCCC COP22 in Marrakech last year, H.E. Mr. Salaheddine Mezouar, talked about the triumphs of the Moroccan presidency and paid tribute to Fiji.

Silvia’s Story

The dry and dusty Tunuyán riverbed contrasts sharply with the dark and heavy clouds that threaten rain. "You are arriving just in time for the rain although, to tell you the truth, this year we have had plenty of it", comments Silvia Gómez, President of the Asociación La Gloriosa, with a smile. She welcomes us to La Gloriosa, in the department of La Paz in Mendoza, Argentina.

Leading the way - new conference promotes rural solutions through SSTC

On 20-21 November 2017, high-level government representatives, development professionals, representatives of the private sector, members of international civil society and academia will meet in Brasilia at the first IFAD-organized conference to promote rural innovations and solutions through South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) for improved livelihoods in developing countries.

The Dominican Republic: Partnering for Profit

In the Dominican Republic, a unique alliance between the private sector and the government transforms small producers' organizations into successful, sustainable businesses through a nationwide mentorship programme.

Ploughing for profits

Gavharbi Ahmadova and Faizov Kamarali are both from the Khatlon region in Tajikistan but from different villages. Although they have never met, they have a lot in common - they both struggle to sustain their families with a steady income through farming, an almost impossible task given the near absence of agricultural machinery with which to cultivate land and harvest crops on time.

World Food Day 2017 - Changing the future of migration

When Mosammat Karfunnesa, 50, was raising her four sons in rural Bangladesh, she could not afford to send them to school, and her husband, a rural laborer, was often unemployed. But despite these challenges, Karfunnesa never gave up on wanting to make a difference for her family.

IFAD partners with rural youth to get their voices heard at Bonn Climate Summit

The Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN) are coming to the UNFCCC COP23 in Bonn this November. IFAD has partnered with CSAYN because of their shared passion for raising awareness of climate change impacts and actions amongst young people in rural communities.

Sustainable incentives: how not to eat the planet

More than seven billion people currently call our planet home, and their lives depend on finite resources.

Celebrating the International Day of Rural Women

October 15 is the International Day of Rural Woman and a chance to celebrate the accomplishments of rural women around the world. Rural women play key roles in their families, communities and countries, and yet they are often severely disadvantaged, economically, socially and politically.

Sorghum - a new hope in dry times

While droughts devastate maize yields in parts of Kenya, IFAD supports farmers to grow more resilient crops, such as short-stemmed sorghum.

Trees of hope

Drought threatens much of East and Southern Africa, putting farmers’ livelihoods at risk. But with IFAD funding, communities in Kenya are growing trees to help safeguard their future.

Food from healthy farms makes healthy people - New IFAD report

Rome, 10 October 2017 – Investing in climate-resilient agriculture not only improves food security but contributes to eradicating malnutrition, according to the findings of a new report from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Recipes for change: Muviko - Kenya

This episode of Recipes for Change is about cooking with sorghum - a crop that has been neglected in Kenya in favour of the more popular maize. Now, with low rainfall causing maize harvests to fail, drought-tolerant sorghum is making a resurgence and celebrity chef Ali Artiste sees how sorghum recipes are being rediscovered in rural areas.

Burundi to receive a US$24.9 million IFAD grant to enhance financial inclusion services in rural areas

A total of 99,200 Burundian rural households in 17 provinces will benefit from a financial agreement signed today between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Burundi. The agreement will enhance the availability of financial services in rural areas where demand currently far outstrips supply. Particular attention will be given to the most vulnerable groups, including women and young people.

On the ground in Ethiopia

In September, the Heads of the UN’s three Rome-based food agencies visited drought-affect parts of Ethiopia where at least 8.5 million people were in need of food aid.

Joint visit of Heads of UN Rome-Based Agencies to Ethiopia

In September 2017, the heads of the UN food agencies - FAO, IFAD and WFP - travelled together to Ethiopia to assess how to work closer together to eradicate hunger and poverty. With visits to the drought-hit Somali region and the more developed Tigray region, they examined how to narrow the gap between humanitarian and development investments to ensure people are more resilient to droughts and other climate shocks.

African small-scale farmers carve a giant message for world leaders in the very soil they farm

African farmers from a remote village in northern Zambia have teamed up with the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to send a giant message to world leaders gathering in New York this week – invest more in agriculture if you want to end poverty and hunger by 2030.

UN agency IFAD and Mars Incorporated commit to working together to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in developing countries

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Mars Incorporated signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today to work to increase incomes and economic opportunities for thousands of smallholder farmers in developing countries.

IFAD President appointed Chair of UN-Water

Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), has been appointed the new Chair of UN-Water by the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres. UN-Water is the UN’s coordination mechanism on water and sanitation.

Heifer International and UN’s IFAD strengthen partnership to build resilience of rural people

Heifer International and the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) have agreed to seek opportunities to collaborate on market-driven development, climate-smart agriculture, access to finance and several other areas involving smallholder farmers.

Investing in rural development matters more than ever

Global hunger is on the rise again after steadily declining for over a decade, according to the latest report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World.

Recipes for change: Kenya Muviku

Try the Recipe at home: Muviku - Kenya

IFAD invests $75 million to help mitigate drought in Andhra Pradesh

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of India have signed an agreement today to improve incomes and strengthen drought resilience for 165,000 farming households in the five driest districts in Andhra Pradesh.

IFAD and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia explore an enhanced partnership

Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the United Nations' International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), met last week with a high-level Saudi delegation led by His Excellency Ahmed bin Saleh bin Ayada Al Khomshi, Undersecretary for Agriculture, in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture.

UN Reform: Is IFAD prepared?

The bold 2030 Agenda for humanity will require equally bold changes in the UN development system. How is IFAD preparing to meet the challenge of reform?

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