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South Africa will only eradicate poverty if rural youth participate equally in the economy, says IFAD report

Government policies that bring rural young people into the economic mainstream are essential for South Africa’s sustainable development, according to a global report by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Dream weaver in Guatemala

In remote rural areas of developing countries, women are often relegated to house chores or on-farm labour because of a lack of literacy and numeracy skills.

UN agencies in Rome step up on gender equality to end hunger and poverty

Leaders from the three UN Rome-based agencies today marked International Women’s Day by reinforcing their commitments to step up efforts to invest in the capacities of rural women as key agents of change in building a world without hunger.

Building a life after conflict

Rénilde Buhembe, 54, is a mother of three (two girls and a boy) who lives in the village of Rwingiri in Gitega province in central Burundi. She was widowed at age 18 and when in 1993, civil war broke out, she took in three more little boys who had lost their parents in the conflict.

Independent evaluation shows IFAD-supported programme in Mozambique led to poverty alleviation

Development projects supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) contributed to raising the incomes of poor smallholder farmers and their families in parts of rural Mozambique, according to the findings of a new evaluation report presented today in Maputo.

IFAD and Cambodia to increase smallholder farmers’ incomes by expanding market opportunities

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Cambodia signed a financial agreement today to fund a rural development project that aims to increase incomes for 75,000 smallholder farming households by expanding commercial agricultural markets and developing links between producers, buyers and service providers.

Only targeted policies focused on rural people will eliminate poverty in South Africa, says IFAD report

You are cordially invited to attend the presentation of the Rural Development Report 2016: Fostering inclusive Rural Transformation

Mozambique and United Nations agency to discuss ways of reducing rural poverty

Media are invited to attend a national workshop to hear conclusions from an independent evaluation of the IFAD-supported country strategy and programme in Mozambique. The evaluation, conducted by IFAD's Independent Office of Evaluation, included six rural development projects implemented between 2010 and 2016 and amounting to an investment of US$237 million.

Development should consider indigenous cultures and their relationship to the earth, says Pope Francis in meeting with delegation from IFAD

In a private meeting with indigenous peoples’ representatives, Pope Francis stressed the need to reconcile development, both social and cultural, with the protection of indigenous peoples and their territories, "especially when planning economic activities that may interfere with their cultures and their ancestral relationship to the earth," he said.

No ocean wide enough, no fence high enough to keep out desperate people, says IFAD President at opening of Rome conference

Rome, 14 February 2017 – Describing rural development as a “moral obligation,” Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), made his final appeal to governments on behalf of poor rural people across the globe at today’s opening of IFAD’s 40th Governing Council.

Former Prime Minister of Togo to head United Nations rural poverty agency

Rome, 14 February 2017 – Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, former Prime Minister of Togo, has been appointed as the sixth President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized United Nations agency and international financial institution that invests in eradicating rural poverty in developing countries around the world.

Climate-smart agricultural research center to partner with UN’s rural investment agency to increase food security in rural areas

Rome, 13 February 2017 – A statement of intent between the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) promises to boost resilience to climate change and improve the livelihoods of thousands of smallholder farmers around the world.

IFAD and Indonesia sign historic financial agreement to improve food security for smallholder farmers

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Indonesia signed a financial agreement today to fund a rural development project that will greatly improve access to water for irrigation and consequently improve food security, incomes and livelihoods for up to 24 million smallholder farmers. This is the largest project that IFAD has ever contributed to in its 40 years of operation.

Member States to appoint new IFAD President

Member states of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will gather next week to appoint the Fund’s new President.

Increasing the production of traditional crops in Brazil

A better life will soon be a reality for Adriana Pantaleón dos Santos, a 19-year-old from the Kirirí indigenous community of Marcação, Brazil. Since she started to work at the cassava processing unit, she is now able to save extra money so that she can study Medicine at the Federal University of Bahia, in Salvador.

Global Meeting of the Indigenous People Forum to be held at IFAD 10 and 13 February 2017

On Friday and Monday, 10th and 13th of February, the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) hosts the third Global Meeting of the Indigenous Peoples’ Forum.

New network aims to help bridge multi-billion-dollar financing gap in rural areas

Rome, 27 January 2017 – The establishment of a new network to help bridge the estimated US$150 billion financing gap that prevents small rural producers and businesses in developing countries from growing their operations and strengthening rural economies, was announced today.

Investing in the resilience of small farmers ensures food security and strengthens nations, IFAD President to tell leaders of Mozambique and Malawi

nvesting in the resilience of smallholder farmers is more important than ever if we are to maintain the food security gains now being threatened by the after effects of El Niño and La Niña.

US$13.3 million IFAD grant gives boost to food security, drought resilience and poverty reduction in Sudan

Some 128,000 people, including pastoralists, women and youth, will benefit from a new financial agreement between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Sudan aimed at intensifying an existing project’s efforts to improve livelihoods and resilience in the drought-prone Butana region.

IFAD to provide US$24 million to create new employment opportunities in Tunisia

Over 110,000 people in five of Tunisia’s districts in the Governorate of Siliana, home to some of the country's most disadvantaged people, will benefit from a financial agreement signed today between the United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Tunisia.

Billions needed to eradicate poverty and hunger – IFAD conference looks for new ways of financing

The world needs to take urgent action to mobilise the estimated US$265 billion a year needed to achieve the first two Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty and hunger by 2030, said Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) at last night’s opening of a conference focused on finding innovative ways to finance rural development.

New €12 million Agro Equity Impact Fund for Uganda launched

The European Union (EU), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) are working together to catalyse investment in the agriculture value chain with the launch today of the Yield Uganda Investment Fund. An initial €12 million (Ush 46 billion) has been made available to provide much needed access to capital for small and medium agri-businesses in Uganda.

Cuba to benefit from US$50 million project to revitalize the livestock sector and boost incomes and employment

Promoting the sustainable growth of the livestock sector to raise incomes and provide employment opportunities to families in livestock cooperatives is the aim of a financial agreement signed today between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Cuba.

IFAD and Djibouti sign agreement to tackle Djiboutis problem of thirst in rural areas

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Djibouti today signed a financial agreement to address the serious impact of water scarcity facing Djibouti's rural people.

Combatting water scarcity is an economic decision, not a technological problem - IFAD to tell agriculture ministers

While technologies may exist to ensure poor, developing-world farmers can access the water they need to grow enough food for their communities and countries, governments need to invest in them, said Perin Saint Ange, the Associate Vice-President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) en route to the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) in Berlin, Germany.

Evaluación independiente concluye que las operaciones apoyadas por el FIDA en Nicaragua aportan valiosa contribución al desarrollo rural

Los proyectos de desarrollo apoyados por el Fondo Internacional de Desarrollo Agrícola (FIDA) en Nicaragua han sido eficaces para mejorar los medios de subsistencia de la población rural pobre y fortalecer sus sistemas de producción de alimentos, según la evaluación de la estrategia y el programa en el país presentada hoy en Managua por la Oficina de Evaluación Independiente del FIDA.

IFAD presidential candidates meet with Member States

Member States of the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) had their first opportunity to meet with candidates vying to be the Fund’s next President.

IFAD to host high-level conference on innovative approaches to financing for rural development

IFAD is joining forces with the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF), the Brookings Institution and the University of Warwick to host an international conference in Rome aimed at advancing global efforts to end extreme poverty and hunger by 2030 through greater investments in rural development and innovative financing for smallholder agriculture that benefits the rural poor.

Agriculture presents opportunity to diversify national economies says IFAD President on last official visit to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait

In his last official visit to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, the outgoing President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, Kanayo F. Nwanze, will stress the importance of investing in agriculture as a means of transforming poor rural communities and diversifying national economies.

IFAD to host high-level conference on innovative approaches to financing for rural development

IFAD is joining forces with the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Brookings Institution and the University of Warwick to host an international conference in Rome.

Mauritania to benefit from US$21 million IFAD grant to boost food security, nutrition and reduce rural poverty

A total of 285,600 farmers, particularly women and young people in six regions in southern Mauritania will benefit from a financial agreement signed today between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Mauritania to improve their incomes, nutrition and food security.

Nicaragua y agencia de las Naciones Unidas discutirán cómo impulsar el desarrollo rural

La Oficina de Evaluación Independiente del Fondo Internacional de Desarrollo Agrícola (FIDA) presentará las conclusiones de una evaluación independiente del programa apoyado por el FIDA en Nicaragua durante una mesa redonda nacional que se llevará a cabo en Managua el 20 de enero de 2017. El FIDA es una institución financiera internacional y una agencia especializada de las Naciones Unidas que trabaja para erradicar la pobreza rural.

Connecting remote rural communities with financial services

6 January 2017 - Remittance flows to and within Africa amounted to more than US$65 billion in 2016 and are expected to grow to US$80 billion by 2020. These flows represent a lifeline for more than 200 million people.

IFAD to provide $46.5 million to reduce poverty and revitalize mountain areas in Morocco

Rome, 19 December 2016 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Morocco today signed a financing agreement to improve the living conditions of rural people in mountain areas and reduce poverty by 30 per cent by 2030.

Case study: Shifting to conservation agriculture to build resilience to climate change

Moldova has agriculture as its key economic sector. At the same time, the national economy and rural livelihoods are inherently highly vulnerable to climate change related events.

Protecting women’s rights in the face of domestic violence in India and Burundi

Each year, to raise public awareness of gender-based violence across the world, the United Nations recognizes 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

IFAD President to discuss poverty alleviation with Pakistan Prime Minister and senior government officials

Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and winner of the 2016 African Food Prize, visits Pakistan today to meet with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to renew IFAD’s commitment to alleviation of rural poverty and ensuring food security in the country.

Recipes for change: Pollo Pibil

Try the Recipe at home: Pollo Pibil - Mexico

Amidst drought and flooding, Malawian farmers look to diversify their diet

An IFAD-supported project is encouraging Malawian farmers to eat the food they produce - instead of over relying on maize and other food products that they are forced to buy.

Helping Bolivian farmers gain ground against climate change

The Arque river, in the heart of the Andes, is surrounded by towering mountains. At the beginning of the dry season, it roars furiously with water from melting snows. It also drags away tons of fertile soil. When the sound and the fury stops, the river becomes a tiny stream, barely visible in the middle of a bed of debris.

Saadia Imad, Chief Field Support

I have been working with IFAD since 2016 as the Chief of the Field Support Unit. This role is an important element of IFAD's operation in the field - we provide the logistics, the conduit and the means for IFAD to carry out its mandate and operations. Not only the administrative aspect - we also provide the coverage to food security, which is essential considering that IFAD has a significant presence in fragile states and conflicted regions in the world.

Seeking proposals and planning for the Indigenous Peoples Forum

IFAD seeks proposals for grant-funded projects designed to empower indigenous peoples, even as it counts down to the second global meeting of the Indigenous Peoples Forum.

Recipes for Change: Sweet and sour catfish soup

The Mekong Delta in Viet Nam is an area of major significance to the country's food security, producing 55 percent of the annual rice crop, 60 percent of aquaculture, as well as large volumes of vegetables and fruit. Yet the environment is extremely sensitive to upstream hydrological changes and climate induced challenges, such as sea level rise and average temperature increases.

Recipes for Change: Bananas with beans and split green peas

Rwanda's small farmers rely on rain fall to grow their main food crops, including sorghum, bananas, beans, sweet potato and cassava. Although the central African country has a favourable climate for agriculture, climate model scenarios show increases in average temperature of up to 3.35°C by 2100, and a change in the timing of the two cropping seasons that characterize Rwanda's traditional farming system.

Recipes for Change: Chairo soup

Climate change is contributing to increased temperatures and changing growing seasons in Bolivia. Small farmers are finding it harder to decide when to plant and when to harvest. This adversely affects staple food crops such as potatoes.

Agricultural growth is not reaching its poverty-reducing potential in East and Southern Africa, says new IFAD report

Nairobi/Rome, 26 October 2016 – The agricultural sector in East and Southern Africa is transforming due to increased productivity as more land is being

Overcoming inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean

Over the last three decades, the countries of Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) experienced a profound transformation which extended to rural areas.This economic and rural transformation resulted in many benefits, especially between 2004-2013, when millions of people left poverty behind.

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