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As FAO turns 75, its mission to end hunger and nourish the world is as relevant today as ever
Today, World Food Day marks the 75th anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Born on the wake of catastrophe - World War II, three-quarters of a century later, FAO's mission to end hunger and nourish the world has been made more relevant because of another global scourge - the COVID-19 pandemic, said QU Dongyu, FAO Director-General.
Idris and Sabrina Elba call for investments in rural agriculture to fight rising hunger
For Idris Elba, returning to Sierra Leone late last year was about two things: reconnecting with his roots and learning about the challenges facing the country where his father was born, so that he could become a better advocate for its people
Rural women in Latin America take control of food production – and their own development
All across Latin America, rural women are taking charge of their communities’ food production – and their own economic and personal development.
“Cashroots” movement builds community resilience in the Solomon Islands
Simon Chottu works hard and plays hard. An events manager by trade, he’s spent the last few years hosting hip-hop parties and organizing music events and competitions across the South Pacific.
Governments need to halt the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on rural women, says IFAD President on International Day of Rural Women
Our food supply is at risk if we don’t start prioritizing rural women during this pandemic, said Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of IFAD in a strong call to governments to increase their investments in rural women.
Consultation on IFAD’s Social, Environmental and Climate Assessment Procedures
IFAD is currently updating its Social, Environmental and Climate Assessment Procedures (SECAP) which was introduced in 2015 and last updated in 2017. This ongoing update of SECAP is not intended to be a comprehensive revision of the Procedures.
Rural women: The key to building back better in a post-COVID world
In times of crisis, rural women are the key that holds families and rural communities together – and in times like these, they need our support more than ever.
Dutch poverty fighter joins UN agency IFAD as global poverty rates rise
Meike van Ginneneken joins IFAD today as the new Associate Vice President of the Strategy and Knowledge Department.
Nourishing a sustainable cocoa trade in the Solomon Islands
On a dusty side street in Auki, a seaside market town on the island of Malaita, Arania Enterprises is bustling.
IFAD-supported projects help women come back to the countryside
La vida en las zonas rurales no siempre es fácil, especialmente para las mujeres, cuyas contribuciones y éxitos no han recibido la atención que merecen hasta hace bien poco.
Taking back springtime: IFAD-supported project revitalizes irrigation in remote China
The return of spring to Santiaogou, a tiny village nestled high in China’s remote, mountainous Qinghai province, should have been idyllic.
New rural finance programme to help millions of Ethiopian farmers build resilience in the face of climate change and COVID-19
Against the backdrop of the global impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, the Government of Ethiopia and IFAD have launched a new US$305.7 million programme to help the most vulnerable farmers increase their resilience.
Le FIDA et les États arabes examinent les moyens d’enrayer le repli de la sécurité alimentaire
Le FIDA organisera aujourd’hui une concertation en ligne avec les représentants de pays arabes pour examiner les moyens de mettre fin à la montée de l’insécurité alimentaire et de la pauvreté dans la région.
IFAD becomes first UN fund to receive a credit rating, providing a boost to the world’s poorest people
There is good news today for the world’s most vulnerable and marginalised rural communities, as IFAD receives its first public credit rating. This sets the stage for increased investments in food security, employment, and rural economic growth, and is an important step towards the achievement of the SDGs.
Opportunities for policy engagement in NEN and beyond
All too often, the path to sustainable development is blocked by outdated policies and legislation.
Fighting food waste in China: Local efforts, global effects
Reflecting on the fundamental role that sustainable food production and consumption plays in promoting food security and sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems.
Results-based financing: A potential game-changer for IFAD's future operations
IFAD is always exploring new lending instruments to increase the number of potential financial solutions it can offer.
Keeping food on the table and preventing food loss when business is not as usual
We are living in difficult times. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and all the fallout that has ensued, nothing is quite as easy as it was – unless, of course, you can do it from the comfort of your home, armed with a smartphone and a good internet connection.
Towards zero food waste in Indonesia’s fishing communities
Along Indonesia’s coastal communities, many small-scale fishers struggle to make a living. Indonesia is the world’s third largest producer of fish, but many of these communities have historically lacked access to the technology and resources they needed to preserve their catch until it reaches the markets, which are usually far from their rural coastal inlets.
Building Back Better: Investing In Farming Under COVID-19 – Episode 12
We begin this month’s programme with a conversation with IFAD's Associate Vice President Marie Haga about how vital it is for governments to invest in rural communities in developing countries, even during COVID-19.
The role of South-South and Triangular Cooperation in transforming food systems within the context of COVID-19
On 16 September, the United Nations Rome-based agencies − FAO, IFAD and WFP − celebrated the 2020 UN Day for South-South Cooperation with a virtual event hosted by IFAD.
Cameroon and IFAD join forces to boost food security with support to small-scale farmers
IFAD announced today a US$59.9 million investment to fund a six-year extension of the successful Commodity Value Chain Development Support Project (PADFA) in Cameroon.
Rome-based agencies establish SSTC collaboration to benefit cassava production in the Congo
In dozens of homes across Bouenza, the volunteers gathered around their kitchen tables, ready to taste-test a new variety of flour.
Lesotho and IFAD join to improve the livelihoods of the most vulnerable small-scale farmers
160,000 poor rural households in Lesotho will benefit from new financing for a project that will boost food security and nutrition, mitigate the impact of climate change and strengthen livelihoods for greater income.
On the UN’s 75th anniversary, IFAD joins the call for greater global cooperation and solidarity
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, an organization whose commitment is to bring nations together to preserve peace and security and improve lives. IFAD is symbolic of that commitment.
Behind the scenes of an IFAD project: Your top questions answered
There’s a lot of careful and detailed work that goes on in support of what IFAD does for the poor people living in some of the world’s most rural areas, and you’ve been asking about it!
Member States to nominate candidates for next IFAD President
IFAD today announced a call to its 177 Member States to nominate candidates for the Fund’s next President.
Maximizing impact in the LAC region with SSTC and knowledge management
Although the residents of the global South may live worlds apart from each other, they often face a surprisingly similar set of challenges.
IFAD country programmes adapt to the COVID-19 crisis: Updates from the Asia-Pacific region
The scale of the challenge has become ever more daunting across the region.
Seeds to riches: The story of a 29-year-old millionaire
Sumaka Japhet is a young rice seed cultivator and agricultural entrepreneur. We had heard of his success and local fame as a millionaire – and during one of our field visits, we travelled a long and bumpy road to meet him.
Sweden commits funds to IFAD to help avert COVID-19 food crisis
Sweden, through Sida, has pledged funds to help avert a potential food crisis in some of the world’s most vulnerable rural communities in the wake of COVID-19, IFAD announced today.
Reaping the rewards: Infrastructure brings opportunities for rural Chinese livestock farmers
The villages of Naihe and Zhaowa, nestled in the hilly Liupanshan area of China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, are surrounded by world-famous rugged beauty.
China-IFAD South-South and Triangular Cooperation Facility: Third Call for Proposals
The Facility will support the generation and exchange of innovative solutions, approaches and methodologies that can be of value in the post-COVID-19 recovery period.
Holding on: IFAD-supported programme sustains assets – and rural livelihoods
The restrictions put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Pakistan were designed to keep the population safe and healthy, but have spelled severe losses for many rural businesses.
Coping with COVID-19: Building Farmers’ Resilience - Episode 11
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues on, many people around the world, including small-scale farmers, are learning how to cope with its various effects.
Years later, IFAD-established seed producer groups to continue improving their communities’ climate resilience
Lack of access to seed is a common problem for small-scale farmers in Nepal and elsewhere.
A call for proposals to support post-COVID-19 food security and resilience through South-South and Triangular Cooperation to be launched on 28 August
SSTC Facility will launch a call for proposals on 28 August to generate and exchange innovative solutions to help national governments respond to, and recover from, the impacts of COVID-19 on food security.
Women as changemakers for nutrition in the hills of Lao PDR
The rural uplands of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic are home to generations of proud family farmers who depend on small-scale agriculture, with many still using traditional farming techniques.
Mobile phones to help 1.7 million small-scale farmers increase production during COVID-19 economic slowdown
Some 1.7 million small-scale farmers in Kenya, Nigeria and Pakistan will soon receive personalized agricultural advice through their mobile phones as a means to improve their incomes, food security and resilience to economic shocks caused by COVID-19, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) announced today.
Youth leaders working towards transformative rural development
From climate action groups to political institutions, youth are taking on leading roles and bringing new perspectives into the table – showing they are not only the future, but also the present.
Nepali youth prepare for their dream jobs with IFAD-supported courses
Ranjana Chaudhary’s story sounds like the stories of many thousands, if not millions, of young people in Nepal.
IFAD and Uzbekistan bring improved incomes and livelihoods to the Fergana valley
More than 375,000 rural people in eastern Uzbekistan’s Fergana valley will benefit from new financing that aims to increase their incomes through the introduction of modern farming techniques, provide access to long-term financing for agriculture, and create jobs in rural areas.
Humanitarian aid alone is not enough to address hunger, says new Vice President of UN agency IFAD
We are failing in our response to increasing hunger levels by focusing predominantely on humanitarian aid, said Dominik Ziller, the new Vice President of IFAD who took office today.