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Changes in Central America’s fiscal policies would promote rural development and reduce poverty

Guatemala City, 27 April 2016 –A study conducted by the Central American Institute for Fiscal Studies (Icefi) with support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), recommends fiscal policy changes in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua that would enable greater investment in rural development and move thousands out of poverty.

Ten things to know about rural youth in Latin America and the Caribbean

The population of Latin America and the Caribbean is more than 600 million and approximately 52% of the entire population is under 29 years old. The 15-29 years old constitute 25% of the population. (ECLAC, 2015)

Celebrating International Youth Day 2015

Today's generation of young people – defined by the United Nations as those aged 15 to 24 – is the largest in history. An estimated 87 per cent of the world's young people live in developing countries, and the majority live in rural areas. However, in the world's poorest countries, opportunities for youth are often limited or non-existent, leaving them marginalized politically, economically and socially.

Reducing childhood malnutrition in Mexico

Date: 19 April 2016 Once a sacred grain for the Aztecs, amaranth and its incredible nutritional properties have long been forgotten in Mexico.

Senegal – Let the Sun Shine

Until a few years ago Awa Ndiaye and her women's farming cooperative were struggling to grow anything due to soil degradation and lack of water. But the adoption of a solar-powered water pump sparked a series of innovations which are helping Ndiaye and other farmers in South East Senegal adapt to the challenges posed by the changing climate.

Protecting the endangered bong tree

Date: 6 April 2016 Incense sticks are ever-present at Buddhist shrines across South East Asia. They are mostly made from the bark of the endangered bong tree, which is endemic to the region. Bong trees were once abundant in countries like Laos but, in 2008, overexploitation led the Lao government to declare that they were on the verge of extinction.

AgTalk – Seaweed Power

On the island of Zanzibar, the sea had always been a man's domain. But researcher Flower Ezekiel Msuya says things started to change when local women unleashed the commercial potential of seaweed.

Global Forum on Remittances and Development

  International Day of Family Remittances When: 16-19 June 2015  Where: Centro Congressi Stella Polare, Rho, Milan, next to the EXPO2015 site. The fifth  is

The Power of Knowledge: how access to information could reduce conflict and increase food security in the Arab world

The Arabspatial knowledge platform emerged as part of the IFAD-IFPRI partnership to promote open-access data and M&E tools for the Arab World. Not a day

US$ 23 million IFAD loan and grant to increase agriculture in Viet Nam

Rome, 27 November 2013 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will provide a loan of US$22.5 million and a grant of $500,000 to the

New country office opening signals strengthened partnership with Morocco

Moroccan government officials joined by UN and other donor representatives gathered today to mark the inauguration of the International

Remittances from Europe top $109 billion, providing lifeline to millions worldwide

Market improvements could further maximize benefits Rome, 15 June 2015: Last year migrant workers living in Europe sent home US$109.4 billion in remittances,

Smallholder farmers and the Paris Agreement

20 April, 2016 - As 60 million people around the world face severe hunger because of El Niño and millions more because of climate change, world leaders will meet in New York this week to sign the Paris Agreement on Earth Day.

Italian Chef Carlo Cracco draws attention to climate change threats for small scale farmers in Cambodia

For World Environment Day, IFAD partners with Italian chef Carlo Cracco to shed light on the devastating impact that climate change is having on rice production in Cambodia.

Global Science Leaders call for better policies on pulses

2016 International Conference on Pulses for Health, Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture in Drylands opened today April 18, 2016, Rabat, Morocco - The

Financing for Development: bringing the vision to life

1 July 2015 - The year 2015 is critical for the future of human development because the world's leaders have prepared themselves for a major push to solve the problems of hunger, poverty and climate change.

Burkina Faso Farmers Working Together for a Better Future

Smallholder farmers from the Sahelian part of Burkina Faso are becoming increasingly vulnerable to climate change. Rising temperatures are accelerating

Despite being “the biggest threat facing humanity” climate change and its impacts fail to make headlines, says IFAD study

Rome, 6 April 2016 – Even as 60 million people around the world face severe hunger because of El Niño and millions more because of climate change, top European and American media outlets are neglecting to cover the issues as a top news item, says a new research report funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) today.

Smallholder farmers to benefit from $65 million tea and rubber revitalization project in Sri Lanka

Rome, 12 April 2016 – The UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the government of Sri Lanka signed a financial agreement recently that will improve food security and increase incomes for 32,000 rural households in the country’s central and southern region.

Independent evaluation shows IFAD-supported operations in Nigeria improve the livelihoods of rural poor people

Development projects supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Nigeria have been effective in improving the livelihoods of rural poor people and strengthening their food production systems in a number of impoverished, remote communities, according to findings presented today in Abuja by the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD.

Why are rural youth leaving farming?

Unemployment for youth is a growing concern in Africa. Youth account for 60 per cent of all unemployed, according to the World Bank. 6 April, Rome – Rural

Access to land and water critical for smallholder farmers

12, November 2015 – A few years ago environmental specialist Ray Gama began working with small farmers in Swaziland's Lubombo region, an area known for

Top media fail to connect climate change, migration and food security, says new report

Top news media are failing to identify climate change as a contributor to some of the world’s biggest crises, including migration, food insecurity and

IFAD Lecture: Winnie Byanyima on the future of aid

Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, delivered the inaugural IFAD Lecture at the 38th session of the Governing Council, IFAD's annual meeting of Member States. Her lecture – entitled 'The Future of Aid' – took place on 17 February 2015. It was the first in a planned series that IFAD has launched to advance thinking on rural transformation as a key to sustainable development in the post-2015 world.

Where a woman lives in Latin America increases her risk of being disadvantaged – new report

Whether a woman can generate her own income and resources in Latin America is closely tied to what territory she lives in, warns a new report produced by the RIMISP-Latin American Center for Rural Development, with support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the International Centre for Development Research-Canada (IDRC).

Helping people living in the outer islands to develop healthy and sustainable livelihoods in Kiribati

IFAD invests in rural communities vulnerable to climate change, limited access to fresh and clean water, and malnutrition Samoa, 3 September 2014 – A US$7

IFAD Vice President to visit Algeria to meet government officials

Rome, 4 April 2016 – The Vice President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Michel Mordasini, will visit the People’s Democratic

Climate change sinks below the headlines – report presentation and press discussion

Rome, 4 April 2016 – February 2016 was the hottest month on record. Two months earlier world leaders gathered in Paris to hammer out a climate deal just

Nigeria and United Nations agency to discuss ways to boost agricultural development

29 March 2016 –The Independent Office of Evaluation of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will present the conclusions of an independent

Climate change poses new challenges for farmers in central Ecuador

Francisco Don Pacho Garcés is a farmer from Ecuador and the president of the local small farmers’ association for Fray Mariano Benitez. He has seen first-hand

Supporting date palm production in the Near East and North Africa

Rome, 29 March 2016 – IFAD has been recognized for its contributions to agricultural innovation and the date palm sector during the launch of the Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation in Abu Dhabi.

IFAD to establish forum to examine plight of indigenous peoples’ in rural areas

Rome, 18 February 2011 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has announced the under the Fund's auspices, following a two-day workshop

Responding to Kenya's changing climate

Date: 16 March 2016 In eastern Kenya, the dry season is getting longer, and rainfall is less predictable. Only two per cent of people have enough food throughout the year, and almost half the children under five are malnourished. Maize is the predominant crop – but three out of four maize harvests fail.

How an innovative 'sand' dam is causing a rush for water in Somalia

In the sub-regions of Maaroodi-Jeex and Awdal, in the arid and semi-arid region of Somaliland, an innovative water management solution is helping small farmers stay in business despite the changing weather patterns.

UN urges stronger, coordinated international response to address El Niño impacts

23 March 2016, Rome – The United Nations has called for a stronger response by governments, aid organizations and the private sector to address the devastating impact the El Niño climate event is having on the food security, livelihoods, nutrition and health of some 60 million people around the world.

In rural areas water equals life

IFAD calls for more comprehensive approach to water scarcity issues on World Water Day.

Food and water security tightly linked

At World Water Week in Stockholm, IFAD to explore solutions to water scarcity     Ahmad Helalat, 50, holding irrigation hoses in his field in Wadi Mousa,

Government of The Gambia and United Nations agency IFAD to review findings of evaluation of their country programme

When: 3 December 2015 Where: Kairaba Hotel, Banjul Rome, 20 November 2015 – On 3 December 2015, the Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE) of the International

Solving rural unrest key for lasting peace and shared prosperity in Colombia

IFAD President launches Fund's first project in conflict areas Rome, 7 August 2013 – From land restitution and reparation to victims of conflict, to creating

IFAD provides US$18 million loan and US$15 million in Spanish Trust Fund cofinancing for poverty reduction programme in Bolivia

Rome,26 March 2013 - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia signed a financing

IFAD President to meet government leaders in Peru

Rural poverty reduction strategies and innovations in social inclusion top agenda Rome/Lima, 1 August 2013 – Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International

The benefits of bamboo: support for livelihoods, the environment and women’s empowerment

An IFAD grant-supported programme has demonstrated the enormous potential of bamboo in contributing to rural poverty reduction in several countries in

The road to dignity after 2015

30 DECEMBER 2014 – A new United Nations report previews the broad outlines of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, which will take effect after the Millennium Development Goals run their course in 2015. Among a range of other global priorities, the report highlights the need to reach vulnerable populations in remote rural areas and to ensure adequate financing for development projects that fight extreme poverty.

A cross-continental partnership improves smallholder farmers’ lives

27 MARCH 2015 – Science is the pillar of improvement, and agriculture is the pillar of food security. Through the programme, both of those pillars come

A family that works together can overcome poverty

As the Lead Technical Specialist of the IFAD Gender Team, Clare Bishop-Sambrook explained "IFAD has been developing HHMs for several years as an effective

Cuba: fulfilling agricultural potential through cooperatives

Standing in the shadow of the sun, in a marquee tent, Yoel Pérez, president of the Eduardo René Chivas y Rivas cooperative, explains the features of his agricultural cooperative to the IFAD delegation and President Kanayo F. Nwanze, during their official visit to the Republic of Cuba on 12-16 May 2015.

Italian top chef Carlo Cracco cooks a “Recipe for Change” on World Environment Day

The theme of this year's World Environment Day, which falls on 5 June, is sustainable lifestyles. So, to celebrate the occasion, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) partnered with Italian celebrity chef, Carlo Cracco, to bring attention to the impact that climate change is having on many of the world's traditional foods.

Stewards of biodiversity adapt to a changing climate

Local varieties grown in the programme area. Clockwise from top: hands holding yellow maize, white maize and bambara groundnuts Zimbabwe: Scaling up People's

Boosting gender equality in Rwanda

Annonciata Nsekugabanye is a cattle farmer in Eastern Rwanda. She received her first cow and gender training with her husband through the IFAD-supported

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