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UN seeks to boost response to El Niño’s dire impact in Africa and Asia/Pacific, urges La Niña preparedness

Over 60 million people affected by El Niño, many more highly vulnerable to La Niña’s likely knock-on effect 6 July 2016, Rome – Combined efforts to prevent

Building a successful business in China

Zhang Danying is a striking and impressive woman. This 55-year old businesswoman from China’s Shaanxi province owns two multi-million dollar companies. Looking as successful as she does professional in her business suit and pearl earrings, it is hard to believe that less than 20 years ago she was unemployed and desperate.

UN agency examines approach to decentralized operations in Asia and the Pacific

Hanoi, 5 July 2016 – Government representatives and agricultural development specialists will gather in Hanoi 6-7 July to discuss the International Fund

Investment in Africa’s rural areas will curb economic migration, IFAD President tells ministers

Investing more in Africa’s rural areas will stem the flow of economic migrants and minimize the acts of desperation that make newspaper headlines, Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), will tell African and European agricultural ministers meeting in The Netherlands today.

To reduce El Niño’s impact on Central America’s Dry Corridor, build resilience and invest in sustainable agriculture

30 June 2016, Rome – Urgent action by the international community and governments in the Dry Corridor of Central America is essential to help build resilience, food security, and restore livelihoods damaged by drought and other extreme-weather effects of El Niño, United Nations leaders said today.

UN agency examines approach to decentralized operations in Latin America and the Caribbean

Lima, 30 May 2016 – Government representatives and agricultural development specialists will gather in Lima on 31 May to discuss the International Fund

Adoption of system of rice intensification (SRI)

This is an introduction to a series of 4 training videos and details how IFAD has promoted the spread of SRI from Madagascar to Rwanda and then Burundi. Malagasy farmers went to Rwanda to share their knowledge and Burundian farmers then visited the same Rwandan farmers to take the knowledge back home. This farmer to farmer teaching and learning has proven to be very effective.

Ending hunger while growing a garden

25 September 2015 – Priscilla Mkhatshwa never dreamed that she could one day plant a  garden in the hot and dry region of Lubombo in eastern Swaziland.

Reducing hunger while promoting local foods

25 September 2015 – It is early in the morning and Coumba Ndoffen Sene and his family are eating breakfast in the Niakhar village in Senegal. Today, there's

Reducing poverty through access to new markets

Thenks to IFAD-supported project, Amara Koroma improved production methods and sustainable farming, and gained access to new markets.

Promoting gender equality in Morocco

25 September 2015 – Fatima Ait Lhoussine lives in a remote village in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. Not long ago, the only jobs she could do were household

Agriculture Development Partners visiting Dodoma region to meet with authorities and farmers

Representatives of thirteen international development agencies working in agriculture and rural development in Tanzania will look at local responses to El Niño impacts during their annual field visit in the Dodoma region from 15 to 17 June 2016.

How working migrants and their families can shape development at home

Financing the ambitious post-2015 development agenda is a challenge that will require innovative approaches that go beyond traditional sources of development

UN agency examines approach to decentralized operations in Africa

Government representatives and agricultural development specialists will gather in Nairobi 13-14 June to discuss the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD) approach to decentralizing its operations in Africa.

Drought, desertification and avoiding the next big global food shortage

13 June Rome – Over the past year severe droughts and floods have ruined harvests and left nearly 100 million people in southern Africa, Asia and Latin America facing food and water shortages.

Recipes for Change: At UN summit, IFAD launches campaign on food and climate change

LIMA, 8 December 2014 – Nothing unites us more than our universal need for food. But how much do we really understand about the impact of climate change

Recipes for Change: Nicaragua rice and black/red beans

Black beans originate from the Americas, with southern Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica as the main producers. Areas with rainy summers and mild temperatures (about 20°C yearly average), create the ideal climatic conditions for black beans.

Recipes for Change: Sechu Sa Nku (Mutton Stew)

Climate change – including rising temperatures, and a greater frequency of droughts and extreme rain events – is negatively affecting local communities living in rural parts of Lesotho. Lesotho ranks 158 out of 186 in the United Nations Development Programme UNDP Human Development Index. Poverty is concentrated in the rural parts of the country, being greatest in the mountain areas.

Make migration a choice and not a necessity - IFAD President to tell EAT Forum

Rome, 9 June 2016 – More than 205,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean into Europe so far this year. Although the majority are fleeing conflict,

Innovation in agriculture is key to ending extreme hunger – G20 ministers agree

6 June 2016 – Extreme poverty and hunger will only be a thing of the past if we are innovative in the way we develop a sustainable and efficient agricultural sector, agreed agricultural ministers from the world’s 20 major economies in Xi’an, China last week.

Women's inclusion sparks large-scale infrastructure projects in remote Pacific island

Date: 6 June 2016 Women on a remote Pacific island are breaking cultural barriers by taking on roles that shape the future of their communities.

Improving a community while fighting climate change

25 September 2015 – Bidhan Krishna Sarker never expected to become a farmer. Born in the remote Netrakona district in northern Bangladesh, his family lived

Ending extreme poverty through household mentoring

25 September 2015 – Generous Batebekyera wasn't always a successful maize and bean farmer in the village of Malere in western Uganda. A widow supporting

IFAD’s Recipe for Change on World Environment Day

Rome, 3 June, 2016 – To celebrate this year’s World Environment Day on June 5, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) partnered with Italian celebrity chef, Carlo Cracco, to highlight the impact that climate change is having on rural communities in developing countries.

Improving livelihood througth livestock

25 September 2015 – Annonciata Nsekugabanye never imagined she would one day be able to provide a dignified life for her family. A seasonal labourer

Reducing hunger through agricultural cooperatives

An IFAD-funded project teach farmersin El Salvador how to develop a viable business and marketing plan, and identify needs for technical assistance.

“If we abandon smallholder farmers, we abandon our future,” IFAD President to tell G20 ministers

Rome, 31 May 2016 – With around 795 million hungry people in the world, and an additional 60 million needing food aid in the wake of droughts and crop

IFAD technical assistance to help develop seed sector in Mauritius, leading to future food security

Rome, 26 May 2016 – The Republic of Mauritius and the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed a Reimbursable Technical

UN agency to expand its projects promoting family farming in North-eastern Brazil

Brasilia, 24 May 2016 –The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) presented today in Brasilia its new strategy for Brazil aimed at expanding IFAD-supported projects promoting family farming in north-eastern parts of the country.

Feeding the planet in the hands of rural youth

23 May 2016 – Making farming attractive for young people is crucial if we are to stem the growing number of young migrants who are fleeing lives of desperation, IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze told students today at the University of Gastronomic Sciences (UNISG) in Pollenzo, Italy.

Amid India's drought crisis, new ways of growing cotton helps small farmers

Date: 20 May 2016 More than three million farmers in India's Maharashtra state depend on cotton. In India, two consecutive years of weak monsoons have left some 330 million people — a quarter of the country — in the grip of drought.

We cannot keep jumping from crisis to crisis, IFAD’s Chief Strategist to tell world leaders in Istanbul

Rome, 19 May 2016 – With more than 60 million people across the world reeling from the drought caused by El Niño, Josefina Stubbs from the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), has a strong message for leaders gathering at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul next week.

Recovering lost traditions

Teófila Betancurth has spent over a decade fighting to preserve the traditional crops of her African and Latin American ancestors. Through the Chiyangua

Central America strengthens partnerships for policy dialogue on family farming

San Salvador, 18 May 2016 –Promoting pro-family farming policies in support of inclusive, democratic governance and poverty reduction are the objectives

Investing in rural development will stabilize African communities IFAD President tells Italy-Africa Ministerial Conference

Rome, 18 May 2016 – Recognizing that rural development plays a fundamental role in stabilizing communities and further reduces the impacts of climate change

Vice President of UN agency renews commitment to fighting poverty in rural Pakistan

Islamabad, 17 May 2016 – The Vice President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Michel Mordasini, arrives in Pakistan today to reaffirm the organization’s commitment to fighting rural poverty in the country. During his four-day visit, he will meet with government ministers and other development partners.

India and UN agency discuss ways to boost small-scale agriculture in rainfed areas

29 April 2016 –The Independent Office of Evaluation of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will present the findings and recommendations

Producing climate smart cassava in Mozambique

14 January 2016 – João Marcus Costa is a cassava farmer from Manjacaze, Mozambique. Like many Mozambican farmers, João's small cassava field used to face constant threats from drought, disease and pests.

Waiting for the rain

Kirehe, 27 April - In Rwanda, small farmers are being hit by a number of climate shocks including floods, droughts, intense rainfall and high winds.

Investments in agriculture can unlock untold prosperity in Africa – IFAD President tells leaders in Kigali this week

Rome, 9 May 2016 - While Africa is expected to experience its slowest growth rate this millennium, Kanayo Nwanze, the President of the UN’s International

IFAD Rome office receives top environmental award for green building leadership

When: Monday, 16 November 2015 – 16:00 Where: International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Via Paolo di Dono 42, Rome Kanayo Nwanze, President

The impact of what happens in a small African village can now be felt around the world, IFAD President tells meeting of Pope’s encyclical on the environment

 As Pope Francis began his first trip to Africa this week, the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo F. Nwanze

Transforming desert land into a profitable fruit oasis

25 September 2015 – It was only a few years ago that Wafaa Abu Shanab took a leap of faith and left the city, moving her family to the desert in West Noubaria,

AgTalks - William Otim-Nape: Dr. Cassava

In 2010, Times Magazine cited cassava as one of the most dangerous crops in the world, to be eaten at one's own risk if cooked improperly.

Cashing in on cows

The IFAD-supported Smallholder Dairy Commercialization Programme (SDCP) shows how investing in agriculture can transform lives and rural communities.

The importance of drinking water supplies for rural women

"A village hand pump or standpipe reduces the burden of water transport over long distances…" --Rural Povery Report, p. 97 THEME: Lack of convenient access

New IFAD-supported project tackles malnutrition and stunting in northern Laos

Vientiane, 29 April 2016– The UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic signed

Ten things to know about rural youth in West and Central Africa

West and Central Africa is a youthful region. The African Union defines youth from 15-35 years old, forming over 35% of total population. By 2020, it is projected that 3 out of 4 people, will be on average 20 years old. (African Union).

Water breathes new life into an isolated mountain village in Tajikistan

Tolib Yormahmadov and villagers lay water supply lines from a mountain spring 2.5km from the village Rome, 22 March – Tolib Yormahmadov lives in a valley

Water, Rural Livelihoods, Jobs and Food: Planning a Sustainable Future

With access to water and training, Priscilla began to plant maize, beans, peas and sweet potatoes to sell in local markets and also began to produce chickens

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