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Hunger crises will escalate unless we invest more in addressing root causes, say UN food agency chiefs on visit to drought-hit Ethiopia

Speaking at the conclusion of a four-day visit to Ethiopia, including to the drought-stricken Somali region, the heads of the United Nations food agencies made a joint call for greater investment in long-term activities that strengthen people’s resilience to drought and the impacts of climate shocks.

IFAD and Iraq invest in new partnership to revitalise smallholder agriculture

n an important step toward financing its first post-war agricultural investment project in Iraq, the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) met with a high-level Iraqi delegation in Rome last week. The project will target 20,000 rural households in the poorest southern governorates of Missan, Thi Qar, Qadissiyah and Muthana.

New research finds the potential of waste reuse for small farmers worldwide

New research shows how food, agro-industrial and human waste can support food security and sustainability around the world.

UN Food Agencies’ chiefs to visit drought-hit Ethiopia

The heads of the three UN food agencies will visit Ethiopia to highlight the critical food and nutrition security situation. Consecutive climate shocks have resulted in back-to-back droughts, which have caused hunger to soar and malnutrition rates to rise to alarming levels. The agency chiefs will discuss how best to strengthen their support to the Government and its systems so that Ethiopia can continue meeting its development goals while simultaneously addressing humanitarian challenges along the way.

IFAD and India to discuss shared rural poverty alleviation efforts

Officials of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are in New Delhi this week to discuss how to best support India’s efforts to alleviate rural poverty, achieve national development objectives and contribute to the 2030 Agenda for development.

Better feed for cows benefits dairy farmers in India and Tanzania

Innovative strategies increase milk production and boost small farmers’ food security and livelihoods.

IFAD President to discuss South-South cooperation and rural poverty alleviation with Chinese officials

Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the United Nations' International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), will meet with Chinese officials 26 to 30 August to discuss rural development projects in China, South-South cooperation, and a renewed partnership to alleviate rural poverty in developing countries.

IFAD President and the Finnish Foreign Affairs and Finance Ministries to discuss long-term investments in agriculture as key to ending severe hunger

The President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Gilbert F. Houngbo, will travel to Finland this week to meet with officials at the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Finance to discuss their shared commitment to support the poorest and most marginalized people in the world

IFAD President and Swedish State Secretary to discuss how climate-smart agriculture and rural development can foster resilience

Gilbert F. Houngbo, the President of the United Nations' International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), will meet with high-level government officials in Sweden this week to discuss climate change initiatives in support of the poorest and most marginalized people in the world.

The Field Report

Carved into the very land that farmers use to feed their communities, the Field Report shows just how important investment in smallholder agriculture can be in reducing poverty in Africa and feeding a hungry planet.

IFAD President and Danish government officials to discuss shared commitment to creating employment opportunities for rural youth

Gilbert F. Houngbo, the President of the United Nations' International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), will meet with high-level government officials in Denmark this week to discuss the outcomes of IFAD’s latest report on rural youth and employment.

Who will feed a hungry world?

The future of our food systems depend on smart investments in agriculture that will both increase food production and also provide decent jobs for rural youth around the world.

Creating opportunities for rural youth is more urgent than ever

By creating employment opportunities for rural youth, countries can reap the demographic dividends of a young vibrant workforce.

Organics offer new opportunities to young farmers in the Pacific Islands

A growing IFAD-supported movement in the Pacific Islands is helping farmers tap into international organics markets. By having their products certified as organic, Pacific Island farmers are raising their incomes, increasing their resilience and maintaining their cultures.

New IFAD-supported project to boost rural economy and livelihoods in Angola

A total of 60,000 Angolan rural households in Cuanza Sul and Huila provinces will benefit from a financial agreement, signed today between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Angola, that will generate revenue and boost food and nutrition security of poorer households.

IFAD and Indonesia to tackle rural poverty issues at high-level Indonesia-Pacific Forum

Agriculture ministers and high-level government representatives from Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu are attending the Indonesia-Pacific Forum today at the Grand Hyatt, Jakarta, to discuss rural development gains and rural poverty challenges in the region. International development experts and partners will also participate. The event is hosted by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Ministry for National Development Planning and the Ministry of Finance, Indonesia.

Searching for a better way to farm

With her granddaughter in hand, Ruth Stephen Chileshe proudly shows off the large iron-roofed brick house she recently built selling maize, cassava, beans and ground nuts from her small farm in rural Zambia. Only 10 meters down the pathway stands the remnants of her old and much smaller home.

As hunger threat grows across Africa, IFAD President visits Japan this week to strengthen work in the affected region

Gilbert Houngbo, the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), will travel to Japan this week to meet with senior officials at the Foreign Affairs, Finance and Agriculture ministries to discuss ways to strengthen their shared work to reduce poverty while increasing food and nutrition security in Africa.

Rural poor people in Madagascar strengthen resilience through land tenure

In western Madagascar, IFAD-supported projects have been helping people in rural areas gain legal rights to their land – a key tactic in the fight against poverty.

Boosting nutrition one TV show at a time in Laos

In rural communities in northern Laos, an IFAD supported programme is using a television soap opera to help tackle extreme poverty and malnutrition.

Almonds and apricots flower on once-barren land

Family farmers in the West Bank are growing high value crops such as almonds and apricots on once-barren hillsides, seeing their incomes rise by 80 per cent or more. About 36,000 people have taken part in an IFAD-funded natural resource management programme, which prioritized terracing, fencing, irrigation, rock removal and other techniques to reclaim and rehabilitate land.

Reducing rice imports helps smallholder farmers in Nigeria

An IFAD-supported programme in Nigeria is helping to reduce dependence on imported rice and strengthening the access of smallholder farmers to local markets.

Inclusive rural transformation is a central pillar to eliminate poverty in Brazil, says IFAD report

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Native fruits fuel rural development in Brazil

Wild and local fruits, such as umbu (Spondias tuberosa), passionfruit and guava, are fuelling the growth of a prosperous cooperative led by women in a remote area of north-eastern Brazil.

IFAD meets with El Salvador Ministers to promote rural development to curb youth migration

Senior officials of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will meet with the government of El Salvador to discuss strengthening their partnership to help thousands of families build a better life for themselves and for young people seeking opportunities in rural areas.

Zambia to benefit from US$22.2 million from IFAD to boost food security and nutrition and increase incomes of smallholder farmers

Over 61,000 smallholder farmers will benefit from a financial agreement signed today between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Zambia to increase the incomes and food and nutrition security of rural households. The project will promote market-oriented agriculture and focus particularly on women and young people.

Canada provides cad$50m for unique 5-year integrated resilience program by UN agencies

The United Nations’ food and agriculture agencies are embarking on an unprecedented joint programme to work with vulnerable communities in three crisis-prone areas over five years to meet their immediate food needs and boost their resilience, while addressing the root causes of food insecurity.

Senior IFAD officials to promote development in earthquake-stricken rural region of Ecuador

A year after a major earthquake left more than 20,000 rural people homeless, officials of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will meet with ministers and other government officials to renew IFAD's commitment to supporting rural economic development and improvement of the lives of poor rural people. Périn Saint Ange, IFAD Associate Vice-President, arrives in Ecuador today with the message that alongside immediate disaster relief, long-term development is crucial to rebuilding lives.

IFAD to invest $33 million in smallholder agribusiness partnerships in Sri Lanka

The International Fund for Agricultural Development and Government of Sri Lanka signed a financing agreement today that will help 57,500 poor rural households in Sri Lanka increase their incomes and food security by expanding livelihood and business opportunities in agriculture.

Post offices are key to scaling up remittances and financial inclusion in Uganda

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Postbank of Uganda (PBU) and Posta Uganda signed a grant agreement today aimed at expanding the role of postal networks in the delivery of remittances and access to financial inclusion across the country.

International Day of Family Remittances: IFAD President calls for more support of the families of migrants to help them build a more secure future

Marking the third International Day of Family Remittances on June 16, the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) reminded more than 400 policymakers, private-sector stakeholders and civil-society representatives of the key role they play to support the more than 200 million migrants who send money home.

Migrants send home 51 per cent more money than a decade ago lifting millions out of poverty, says new report

The amount of money migrants send to their families in developing countries has risen by 51 per cent over the past decade - far greater than the 28 per cent increase in migration from these countries, according to a new report released by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) today.

Smallholder farmers bring high value to their crops in Nepal

Piyola Oli is a farmer in western Nepal. One of her main challenges is access to quality seeds. Through the IFAD-supported High-Value Agriculture Project in Hill and Mountain Areas project, Oli has learned how to produce good quality onion seeds from her own produce and her income has increased considerably.

Information technologies can improve the lives of rural poor people in developing countries

echnology and development experts attended a two-day international conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Evaluation (ICT4Eval) today at IFAD headquarters in Rome.

New report shows 51 per cent increase in money migrants sent home over last decade, with US as top sending country

Press launch on 14 June in New York: this Report is the first-ever study of ten-year trends in migration and remittance flows and shows regional breakdowns over the period 2007-2016. Its analysis and recommendations set the stage for discussions at the Global Forum on Remittances, Investment and Development 2017, taking place on 15-16 June at UN Headquarters in New York. The Forum is organized by IFAD, the World Bank and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA).

Maximizing the efficiency of development evaluation through ICTs

Conference will explore how development can be assisted by information and communication technologies for evaluation evaluation.

Consultation on the Eleventh Replenishment of IFAD's resources

During 2017, IFAD Member States have been meeting regularly in Rome for Consultations on the Eleventh Replenishment of the Fund's resources (IFAD11).

Using ICTs to evaluate and share the results of development projects

The Independent Office of Evaluation of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is organizing an international conference on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Evaluation.

IFAD President travels to Uganda to discuss support for small scale farmers amid surge in refugees

At a time when nearly one million South Sudanese have crossed into northern Uganda, creating one of the world’s largest refugee settlements, Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), arrives in Kampala 25 May to discuss efforts to support small scale farmers and increase food security in the country.

Protecting the environment through sustainable production

The Sustainable Land Management in the Semi-Arid Sertão Project was designed as a complement to the IFAD-financed Dom Helder Câmara Project (DHCP), which ran from 1998 to 2007 in various areas of the semi-arid northeastern Brazil. The Sertão Project aimed to address pressing environmental and land degradation issues, and to build resilience to climate change. The project focused on the caatinga — a uniquely Brazilian scrub forest covering approximately 10 per cent of the total area of the country. The caatinga is one of Brazil's most threatened natural landscapes.

Inclusive finance is key to ensure food security and transform the rural areas in East and Southern Africa

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Uganda will bring policy makers and development practitioners together 22 -25 May in Kampala, Uganda, to discuss innovative approaches to expanding access to financial services for rural people.

First IFAD-financed project in Montenegro to support economic and climatic resilience

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Montenegro signed a financial agreement today to launch a project to transform the lives of over 16,000 smallholder farmers.

Bong tree farming raises income of former rice farmers in Laos

Farmers in Laos are rediscovering the value of a traditional crop – the bark of the bong tree. Because the once-abundant bong trees are now on the endangered species list, smallholders are establishing profitable plantations to meet the growing demand for the aromatic bark.

La Mauritanie et le FIDA lancent un nouveau projet de développement des filières inclusives pour combattre la faim et la pauvreté dans les zones rurales

Le Fonds international de développement agricole (FIDA), agence spécialisée des Nations Unies et le gouvernement de la Mauritanie ont lancé officiellement le Projet de développement de filières inclusives (PRODEFI), ce jour 3 Mai 2017 à Nouakchott, la capitale de la Mauritanie.

Guatemala: Bringing Water to the Well

In areas of Guatemala which are chronically affected by droughts, IFAD-supported irrigation schemes and practices make farmland four times more productive.

Making the most of Africa’s rural youth

The potential powerhouse of energy and creativity of the world’s 1.2 billion young people was highlighted by Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of IFAD during the annual spring meetings of the World Bank Group (Bank) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that are currently underway.The event brings together central bankers, ministers of finance and development sector executives, among others, to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness.

IFAD to invest US$13.3 million to integrate smallholder goat breeders into emerging value chains in Argentina

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Argentina signed a financial agreement today to transform the lives of 40,000 people who rely on goat breeding as their main source of livelihood.

Ecuador: One year after the earthquake

Their house collapsed. And with it, all of their belongings and memories were lost. Fortunately, Manuel Reyes and his family survived. But not everyone was so lucky.

IFAD-supported project to boost resilience and rural economic opportunities in Moldova

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Moldova today signed an agreement to fund a new project aimed at driving the transformation of the country's rural economy and helping to generate employment for over 44,000 poor rural people.

One-in-seven people impacted by the money migrants send home

While migration issues draw political fire in Europe and beyond, the greater development benefit of the approximate half trillion US dollars that migrants send home each year to poor families and nations can’t be underestimated, according to Adolfo Brizzi, Director at the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

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