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Miandad: living on loans

Miandad is a 48-year-old farmer who lives in the village of Akhoon Bandi, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. He is married to the daughter of a paternal

Javed Iqbal: interview transcript

Javed Iqbal lives in Akhoon Bandi village, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. He was aged 25 when he was interviewed on 15 January 2010 for the Rural Poverty

Javed Iqbal: family comes first

Javed Iqbal is 25 and lives in Akhoon Bandi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. He married at the age of 18 and has five children. Javed is illiterate, whereas

Tovoke: interview transcript

Tovoke lives in Tanandava, Androy, Madagascar. He was 44 when he was interviewed on the 19 November 2009 for the Rural Poverty Report 2011. The interview

Tovoke: “working the sea”

Tovoke is a 44-year-old man living in Tanandava, in Androy, southern Madagascar. He is a father of four children but poverty has prevented him from officially

Suzanne Tsovalae: belief in commerce

"We do everything we can not to slip into poverty," says Suzanne Tsovalae, aged 23, of Tanandava, in Androy, southern Madagascar. She describes how she

Suzanne Tsovalae: interview transcript

Suzanne Tsovalae lives in Tanandava, Androy, Madagascar. She was 23 when she was interviewed on 27 April 2010 for the Rural Poverty Report 2011. The interview

Ranotenie: interview transcript

Ranotenie is a farmer living in Tanandava, Androy, Madagascar. She was 46 when she was interviewed on 18 November 2009 for the Rural Poverty Report 2011.

Ranotenie: security through cattle

Ranotenie is a 46-year-old married woman from Tanandava, in Androy, southern Madagascar, who has 12 children. Together with her husband she farms fields

Randriamahefa: interview transcript

Randriamahefa is a farmer and former migrant living in Tanandava, Androy, Madagascar. He was 49 when he was interviewed on 19 November 2009 for the Rural

Randriamahefa: progress through migration

Randriamahefa, aged 49 and a father of 10, lives inTanandava, in Androy, southern Madagascar. Much of his story is about how he has responded to challenges

Ranaivo Jean Noelson: interview transcript

Ranaivo Jean Noelson lives in Tanandava, Androy, Madagascar. He was 23 when he was interviewed on 27 April 2010 for the Rural Poverty Report 2011. The

Ranaivo Jean Noelson: meeting community needs

Ranaivo Jean Noelson, aged 23 and a father of three, lives in Tanandava, in Androy, southern Madagascar. He is a fisherman and also owns and farms some

Manantane Babay: interview transcript

Manantane Babay lives in Tanandava, Androy, Madagascar. He was 19 when he was interviewed on 27 April 2010 for the Rural Poverty Report 2011. The interview

Francoise Haova: interview transcript

Francoise Haova lives in Tanandava, Androy, Madagascar. She was 66 when she was interviewed on 19 November 2009 for the Rural Poverty Report 2011. The

Manantane Babay: spreading the risk

"Indeed [education is] important, but it was my affliction that caused me to leave," says 19-year-old Manatane Babay, from Tanandava in Androy, southern

Francoise Haova: funeral brings destitution

Francoise Haova is a 66-year old widow who lives in Tanandava, in Androy, southern Madagascar. Some of her children have migrated for work; some of her

Nawal Mohamed Khalil: farming, “a miserable life”

"We work all day long, just to feed ourselves", says 47-year-old Nawal Mohamed Khalil of Dondeed village, Dakahlia province, Egypt. She and her husband

Nawal Mohamed Khalil: interview transcript

Nawal Mohamed Khalil lives in Dondeed, Dakahlia province, Egypt. She was aged 47 when she was interviewed on 22 December 2009 for the Rural Poverty Report

Ibrahiem Abo Zeid: no jobs for the young

Ibrahiem Abo Zeid, 55, a semi-retired resident of Dondeed village, Dakahlia province, Egypt, describes the last 10 years as "the peak of suffering for

Zhang Guobao: 'physical strength is our capital'

Zhang Guobao – of Donghao village, Hebei province, China – is a widower of 43 who lost his sight in a mining accident in 2002. "Physical strength is our

Li Guimin: business matters

Li Guimin, aged 50, lives in Donghao village, Hebei province, China, where she has been head of the Village Women Deputies Committee since 1995. In addition

Africa's small farmers key to reducing poverty, increasing food security, IFAD's President tells Ethiopia gathering

  Addis, Ethiopia – 15 May 2014  – The President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) called here today for greater support to

Family farming and Agribusiness are key to poverty reduction in Africa, says UN rural development agency

Forum in Kinshasa to examine lessons from IFAD-backed projects in West and Central Africa Rome, 12 May 2014 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development

Oumar Diédhiou: education helps farmers

Oumar Diédhiou is a single man of 22 living in the village of Badiana, Casamance province, Senegal. He has two brothers and one sister, and has been the

Representatives of IFAD Executive Board to visit the Fund’s projects and smallholder farmers in Tanzania

  Rome, 9 May 2014 – A delegation from the Executive Board of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) accompanied by IFAD senior staff

Abibatou Goudiaby: "all I know is farming"

Abibatou Goudiaby, aged 21 and married with three children, lives in Kagnarou village, Casamance, Senegal. She says, "Of course I would do something better

IFAD and the Republic of Korea strengthen partnership to boost living standards and food supplies for the rural poor

  Rome, 8 May 2014 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed an agreement today with Korea's Export-Import Bank (KEXIM) to strengthen

Pascaline Bampoky: “women are good managers”

"I believe that if you come into a community, you have to follow its mode of functioning," says Pascaline Bampoky, a 30-year-old mother of three and a

Abdoulaye Badji: farming needs modernizing: education helps farmers

Abdoulaye Badji, aged 50 and a member of the Jola ethnic group, lives in Senegal's southern province of Casamance. He supports his own family and two of

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Bakary Diédhiou: borrowing money to buy food

"l am a peasant. I plough and it is what I harvest that I use to feed my family," states 60-year- Bakary Diédhiou of Tenghory, Casamance province in Senegal.

Bintou Sambou: “marriage is a shelter against poverty”

Bintou Sambou is a 45-year-old widow. She lives at her father's compound in Bignona, Casamance province, Senegal, together with her four children. Bintou

Safiétou Goudiaby: “the land dries up”

Safiétou Goudiaby, who is about 70, lives in Kagnarou, Casamance province in Senegal. She is still farming, as she has done all her life, growing mainly

Vietnam’s rice production threatened by climate change

is the world's second largest exporter of rice and 80 percent of it is grown in the Mekong Delta, a vast flood plain and one of Asia's most fertile

Background to the Senegal interviews

Location The narrators come from different villages in Senegal's southern province of Casamance. Some 40 kilometres from the coast, these villages are

IFAD Member States renew commitment to the billions of rural people in developing countries

The 173 Member States of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) today reaffirmed their shared commitment to the Fund's mission by announcing a US$1.44 billion target of contributions directed at investing in rural people in developing countries.

Background to the Pakistan interviews

Location All of the narrators in Pakistan come from Akhoon Bandi village, Haripur district, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North West Frontier

Background to the Madagascar interviews

Location All of the narrators in Madagascar come from Tanandava, a collection of small villages in the Faux Cap area of the Androy region. This remote

Ibrahiem Abo Zeid: interview transcript

Ibrahiem Abo Zeid lives in Dondeed, Dakahlia province, Egypt. He was aged 55 when he was interviewed on 24 November and 1 December 2009 for the Rural Poverty

Zhang Guobao: interview transcript

Zhang Guobao is a farmer living in Donghao village, Qinglong Man autonomous county, Hebei province, China. He was aged 43 at the time he was interviewed

Li Guimin: interview transcript

Li Guimin is a farmer and businesswoman living in Donghao village, Qinglong Man autonomous county, Hebei province, China. She was aged 50 when she was

Smallholder farmer leaders call for increased partnership, investment and institutional capacity building at global meeting of the Farmers' Forum

  IFAD hosts bi-annual meeting of 90 smallholder representatives from around the world Rome, 18 February 2014 – More than 90 leaders of national and regional

IFAD President coming to India to meet Union Ministers and discuss ongoing partnerships in support of sustainable agriculture and women’s empowerment

New Delhi, 31 July 2014 – The President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo F. Nwanze, will arrive in India on Monday,

TAAS hosts IFAD President for Foundation Day lecture on research for sustainable agriculture development

New Delhi, 05 August 2014 – Today the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo F. Nwanze, delivered the Foundation

IFAD to showcase best practices for effective development in middle-income countries

  In Mexico, high-level meeting of Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation will include focus on country ownership Rome, 14 April 2014–

Tackling the root causes of high food prices and hunger

By José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International

New IFAD report shows rural women are key to unlocking economic and social benefits of climate adaptation

| Rome, March 2014 – In advance of , the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) launched a report today that highlights the vital role

UN Rome-based agencies reveal food security and nutrition targers for Post-2015 agenda

| Liberian President and Italian Vice-Minister join high-level meeting of FAO, IFAD, WFP Rome, 4 April 2014 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization

Taking action to deliver agriculture growth, jobs and food security in the face of climate change

Leading global institutions point to actions that are needed to build resilience to climate change and deliver increased food production and food security

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