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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

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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.

IFAD and Peru sign $74.5 million agreement to create rural employment in conflict area

Lima, 21 October 2016 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Peru will invest US$74.5 million to create rural

Building resilience in the Near East and North Africa

The world is changing rapidly across urban and rural areas. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region and the Newly Independent States (NIS) which have been going through far-reaching economic and political transitions.

UN agency calls for targeted policies and investments to end rural poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean

Mexico City, 29 September 2016 - Economic growth is not enough to eliminate poverty in rural areas of Latin America and the Caribbean, says a new report

IFAD renews commitment to rural prosperity in China with strategic $152 million programme

Beijing, 20 October 2016 – The Associate Vice-President and Head of Programmes of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Perin Saint

IFAD to begin investment in Iraq to address challenges of agriculture and rural development

Amman/Rome, 18 October 2016 – The development of the first strategic roadmap for investment in smallholder agriculture and rural development in Iraq is

Green Climate Fund accredits IFAD as a partner agency

Rome, 18 October 2016 – Climate change is one of the most persistent threats facing smallholder farmers. Rising global temperatures and the subsequent changes in weather patterns endanger agricultural production and rural infrastructure that provide livelihoods for over 2 billion people.

IFAD calls on governments in Asia and Pacific to focus on targeted policies and investments to end rural poverty

New Delhi, 17 October 2016 - Governments need targeted policies and investments that focus on agricultural development that is sustainable, raises wages and creates off-farm jobs in rural areas, says a new report to be presented today by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

International Day of Rural Women: Empowering women to transform rural areas

On the occasion of the International Day of Rural Women (15 October 2016), IFAD celebrates women and girls in rural areas and the vital role that they play in their families, their communities and their countries.

World Food Day: As the climate changes, food and agriculture must change too

Oct 14, 2016 - To mark this year’s World Food Day, IFAD joins the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) today to highlight the impact of climate change on rural communities in developing countries.

Rural women have a lot to gain from the new Global Goals

Rural women make up about a quarter of the world's population and are disproportionately affected by the realities of poverty, food insecurity and poverty.

UN agency signs $23.8 million agreement to promote rural development in Paraguay

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Paraguay today signed a financing agreement to promote rural development in the country by strengthening family farmers’ and indigenous peoples’ organizations.

Financing for young farmers in the Republic of Moldova

Young women and men in rural areas of the Republic of Moldova are making good use of advantageous credit lines and other benefits offered by an IFAD supported project.

Increasing prosperity for the rural poor in Asia and the Pacific by 2030

Countries of Asia and the Pacific region (APR) have experienced rapid growth and poverty reduction over the last 25 years. Both the service and manufacturing industries have provided a large increase in employment opportunities across the region. But in spite of the rapid urbanization , more than half of the region’s population still lives in rural areas, and most are engaged in agriculture.

Empowering rural youth in West and Central Africa

Projections indicate that Africa will remain predominantly rural until about 2035. Rural poverty remains deep and widespread, concentrated among young people and women in the region.

Member States to nominate candidates for next IFAD President

Rome, 27 September 2016 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized United Nations agency and international financial institution,

Appointment of the President of IFAD

The President of IFAD is appointed for four years with a two-term limit. The current President of IFAD is , whose second term ends on 31 March 2017. In

Farmer Field School in Tonga continues to break new ground in the Pacific for training young farmers

More than 20 farmers from ‘Eua Island in Tonga recently graduated from a Farmer Field School –in the Pacific to teach young farmers how to grow and sell more food with certified training.

Realizing the promise and potential of agriculture in East and Southern Africa

The fact that agriculture has the ability to transform lives in Africa has been well documented. Agriculture accounts for 24 per cent of GDP across Africa, and agribusinesses 20 per cent. In the East and Southern Africa (ESA) region investments in agriculture have led to socio-economic development that can be viewed as optimistic.

United Nations agencies in Rome vow to take forward zero hunger challenge

NEW YORK, 22 September 2016 – The heads of the Rome-based food and agriculture agencies today thanked United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for

Growing forced displacement crisis impacts over 65 million people worldwide

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the current global crisis of forced displacement has affected an unprecedented 65 million people worldwide. More than one-third of the displaced – or 22.2 million – are in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region.

IFAD announces $100 million initiative to assist refugees, displaced people and their host communities in rural areas

New York, 19 September 2016 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) today announces the establishment of a new financing facility

Efforts to achieve zero hunger in the implementation of the sustainable development agenda highlighted at UN General Assembly

NEW YORK – Galvanizing the transformations needed to make Zero Hunger a reality and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals will be at the center of

Only targeted policies focused on rural people will eliminate poverty in developing countries, concludes new report

Rome, 14 September – Economic growth is not enough to save those threatened daily with starvation. Governments need to tailor policies and investments to transform rural areas in developing countries if they want to eliminate poverty, according to a new global study released by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) today.

Reducing poverty through dairy farming

Benjamin used to work as temporary staff for Kenya Railways, a public service in Kirinyaga. His work was heavy and poorly paid. He could not save enough money to send back home to his wife and the children for food and schooling. With such dire prospects, Benjamin decided to go back to his village and live with his family. Not knowing what exactly to do, he decided to give dairy farming a try – albeit with no experience.

IFAD President honoured for achievements in African agriculture

7 September 2016 - Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of IFAD, was awarded the inaugural Africa Food Prize at the African Green Revolution Forum in Nairobi, Kenya. In receiving the award, Nwanze said he was dedicating it to “the millions of African women who silently toil to feed their families.”

Recipes for Change: Caldeirada De Cabrito Com Mandioca (Mozambican Curry)

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Recipes for Change: Samlor Kako (Cambodian Curry)

Try this recipe for samlor kako, a popular Cambodian curry dish, at home.

IFAD report concludes that targeted policies focused on rural people will eliminate poverty in developing countries

Rome, 7 September 2016 – You are cordially invited to attend the launching of The Rural Development Report 2016 on 14 September at the Italian Ministry

Economic downturn threatens prospect to end extreme poverty by 2030, study finds

September 6, 2016, Washington, DC — Robust economic growth in developing countries—which has far outpaced that of most high-income countries—contributed mightily to achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goal of cutting extreme poverty by half five years ahead of its 2015 deadline. But efforts to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030—the first UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)—are now jeopardized by a deteriorating global economic outlook, according to a new study released today.

Importing food is harming the continent, UN agency head to tell African leaders

Rome, 25 August 2016 – The US$35 billion a year that Africa spends on importing food should be used to create local jobs in agriculture, according to Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

First Africa Food Prize Awarded to Kanayo F. Nwanze for Courageous Leadership in Fostering Solidarity with Africa’s Smallholder Farmers

IFAD president honored for mobilizing institutional reforms, innovative policies and programs, and increased resources to improve the lives of millions

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