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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

Investment in small-scale farmers can end hunger, say heads of United Nations and Italy

On , IFAD's President Kanayo F. Nwanze called on world leaders to remember the "millions of people who do not have the luxury of enjoying one full meal

Lesotho's award-winning chef talks climate change and supporting small farmers

In the high rocky peaks of the African mountain kingdom Lesotho, a female chef has been creating a buzz in international culinary circles by combining ancient traditional recipes from Mosotho elders with fresh local products sourced from smallholder farmers around the remote town of Thaba Tseka.

“Water is critical to development,” says IFAD expert

Access to water means Lake, a smallholder farmer in Ethiopia, no longer has to rely on food aid to survive. He is making an income and feeding his family.

World Water Day 2015: Water for sustainable development, water for life

WATER IS HEALTH. Farmer rinses fruit and vegetables using water from a new irrigation system in Ecuador. © IFAD/Susan Beccio 20 MARCH 2015 – Water lies

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An early supporter of the Grameen bank, IFAD welcomes Yunus' Nobel prize Rome, 13 October 2006 - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

IFAD and Brazilian State of Paraíba sign agreement for new US$49 million social inclusion project

Rome, 19 October 2012 – Representatives from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Brazilian Ministry of Finance, and the Brazilian State of Paraíba signed a new loan agreement this week that will provide US$49 million in total funding for rural empowerment initiatives in the state of Paraíba.

Government of Brazil and United Nations agency to discuss the strategic role of family farming to boost agriculture sector and reduce poverty

On Thursday, 22 October, the Independent Office of Evaluation of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN agency specializing

Partnerships between smallholder farmers, business and government are key to revitalizing rural communities

At closing of annual meeting Nwanze tells delegates IFAD is most direct channel for investing in small family farmers Rome, 20 February 2014 – Speaking

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,

Recipes for Change: Vai Ika (Tuna and taro leaves)

Try the recipe Vai Ika (Tuna and taro leaves) - Tonga

Gender equality begins in the home

By encouraging rural families to work together in a way that benefits everyone, IFAD's household methodologies has already shown promising results in Uganda,

Debating the future of small-scale agriculture and rural development

Rome, 10 March – A new research series launched today at IFAD aims to spark debate around critical global issues that affect smallholder agriculture and rural development.

“Sending Money Home to Africa” – remittances hold immense untapped potential for the poor

An IFAD report explores how remittances could be catalysed through informed policy decisions Rome, 20 October 2009 – African workers send home more than

Young people are key to rural transformation and poverty reduction in West and Central Africa

Abuja, 11 March 2016 – A regional forum organized by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of the Federal Republic

Break the chain of desperation that leads to emergencies, development leaders told

Rome, 18 February 2016 – Against a backdrop of new reports that show the number of refugees entering Europe has continued to skyrocket, senior government officials attending the final day of the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s 39th Governing Council, renewed their commitment to invest in smallholder agriculture and reduce poverty in developing countries.

High fees, limited financial services reduce impact of almost US$260 billion in Asia remittances

Rural poor gain little from US$100 billion flowing each year into their communities Rome, Bangkok, 20 May 2013 – Asian migrants sent approximately US$260

Family farming vital for resilient, food-secure future

  Italian Finance Minister Saccomanni and Unilever CEO Polman to attend IFAD Governing Council Rome, 17 February 2014 – As the international community

Investment in smallholder agriculture is the way-out of poverty, says Italian Finance Minister Saccomanni at IFAD annual meeting

Nwanze stresses his agency's continued commitment to economic transformation of rural areas, equality and dignity for rural poor Rome, 19 February 2014

IFAD boosts economic growth in rural communities by connecting small farmers to vital information

Access to technology is critical to poverty reduction, says IFAD President at signing of agreement with Intel Rome/New York 23 September 2014 - A Memorandum

Fortifying and creating partnerships" is essential for development, says IFAD President on the eve of the Small Islands Developing States Conference

Samoa, 1 September 2014 – Strong private and public sector partnerships are essential to the future survival of small island developing states, that is

IFAD, West Africa leaders speak on necessary investments, steps to prevent food crises in Ebola-affected countries

Ministers of Agriculture from Liberia and Sierra Leone join the International Fund for Agricultural Development at press conference broadcast live from

IFAD and ADB strengthen partnership to transform rural areas in Asia and the Pacific

Rome, 17 December 2014 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a cofinancing agreement

The diversity of rural women

Date: 8 March 2016 There are more than 370 million indigenous persons in the world and 50 per cent are women.

International Agencies in Rome together commemorate Women’s Day with collective and individual commitments for achieving worldwide gender equality

Leaders of international organizations based in Rome today gathered to highlight the achievements and the real prospects for achieving gender equality. The speakers all agreed accelerating the empowerment of women everywhere is fundamental to achieving a zero hunger world and reaching the world’s new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Charting a course to zero hunger

Local project promoters evaluate the progress of the crops and irrigation system in a community vegetable field managed by a women's group in the Bacas

Naan bread empowers ethnic minority women in China

15 October, 2015 - IFAD has been working with women of the Uygur people in a mountainous region of China to enable them to earn an income from their daily bread production. Naan bread is a staple in the local diet and is traditionally baked by the female members of the household.

Laos: Nutritious Entertainment

Half the children in Laos are stunted and chronic under-nutrition is a major issue facing the country. Now a soap opera is teaching people in the most remote parts of the country how and what to cook for better nutrition. Produced with assistance from the Government of Canada.

Cherie Blair: Empowering rural women crucial to changing the world

Cherie Blair, Founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women (left) met with IFAD's Vice President Michel Mordasini (right) to discuss the role of rural

International Day of Rural Women: Message from Michel Mordasini, Vice-President of IFAD

The Vice-President of IFAD, Michel Mordasini (centre) meets with a group of female shea processors at Kanvilli in Northern Ghana. ©IFAD/Francis Kokoroko

Improving food security in Bolivia

11 December 2015 – Juana Huarachi is a llama herder and agronomist from the poor rural community of Curahuara de Carangas, Oruro in western Bolivia. Fifteen

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