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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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).
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