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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.
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.
“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.
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
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,
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