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Press conference at Global Forum on Remittances 2013 - Sending money home to Asia

Launch of first joint IFAD and World Bank remittance report When: Monday 20 May 2013, 12.30 hrs Where: Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand, Penthhouse,

Living up to the challenge of creating market linkages in Mozambique

Trying to create a profitable agricultural market where smallholder farmers were previously involved in subsistence farming is a very difficult task and sometimes an uphill struggle.

Promoting micro-finance services for the youth

Successfully involving youth in agriculture can be a serious challenge, especially when young people living in remote rural areas are disempowered because of lack of assets and limited economic prospects.

Agro processing facilities at farmers' doorstep has improved incomes

The Community Agriculture Infrastructure Improvement Programme (CAIIP) is an US$81.9 million programme, co-financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the African Development Bank. It is implemented in 35 Districts in Central and Eastern Uganda.

Participatory process for road selection becomes a best practice in Mozambique

In rural Mozambique many smallholder farmers are prevented from selling their products to the market because of a lack of good access roads in remote rural areas.

Reaching the poorest through household mentoring

The poorest of the rural poor are always difficult to target, for both IFAD and governments. Often illiterate and isolated, they have such great needs that reaching them on a significant scale remains a challenge.

IFAD President in Canada to discuss joint efforts to improve global food and nutrition security

Rome, 11 April 2013 – Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), will be in Canada next week to confer

Stimulating development through a poverty alleviation fund

The Northern Mindanao Community Initiatives and Resource Management Project helped develop the abilities of poor rural communities to play an active role in their own economic and social development. One way the project achieved this was by setting up a poverty alleviation fund in selected municipalities.

The Gambia: Reclaiming the Land

In The Gambia, women often farm on degraded, unproductive land. The more fertile land is usually reserved for men. But things are changing.

Kenya: Growing with the Flow

Like thousands of poor farmers living on the slopes of East Mount Kenya, Christine Mugure Munene used to depend on seasonal rains to water her crops. Now she has water whenever she wants.

Mozambique: Helping fishing communities help themselves

Small-scale fishing communities in Mozambique struggle to eke out a living in remote areas with depleting resources. An IFAD-supported project has helped build artisanal fishers' capacity to improve their livelihoods while reducing pressure on resources, and to link with higher authorities to ensure that their concerns are voiced at the ministerial level.

IFAD adopts comprehensive policy on gender equality – a key to rural development

In rural households throughout the developing world, women and girls work hard each day to protect their families' basic rights to nutrition, health and well-being. Research shows that they comprise 43 per cent of all smallholder farmers and spend an average of 20 per cent more time than men working on agricultural and domestic chores. Yet they have far less control over the land they cultivate or the income they earn.

In Niger, IFAD and partners achieve results against the odds

In many ways, Niger is a country on the edge. Geographically, its productive farmland is confined to a narrow, semi-arid band across the south. Politically, it remains stable in the wake of peaceful elections held last year, but crises in neighbouring Libya, Mali and northern Nigeria have driven thousands of refugees across its borders. Socially and economically, its human development indicators are low, and it is among the poorest nations in the world.

Increasing Gates Foundation and IFAD partnership means more support for smallholder farmers

A statement of intent to build a stronger partnership between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) means improved support for the world's smallholder farmers.

Beyond the Arab Awakening: Research panel links food security and conflict in the Middle East and North Africa

As popular discontent swept across much of the Arab world over the past year, some observers were puzzled. “How is it,” asked the World Bank’s World Development Report 2011, “that countries in the Middle East and North Africa could face explosions of popular grievances despite, in some cases, sustained high growth and improvement in social indicators?”

Burundi back on its feet: rebuilding after conflict

"When the massacres began in 1993 we were forced to take sides, seeking protection with either the government or the rebels", says Jean-Claude Sindayihebura, who is from Burambi in Bururi province.

Equity investment in rural Armenia: A business model with a development impact

When is an equity investment fund more than just a money machine? When it focuses on development rather than quick riches. That's exactly what a unique IFAD project has been doing in Armenia since 2009, with investments in the country's food-processing sector designed to expand markets and improve the economic prospects of smallholder farmers. Known as the Fund for Rural Economic Development in Armenia (FREDA), the initiative combines elements of both development assistance and banking.

United Nations International Day for South-South Cooperation

IFAD for southern grown development solutions Rome, 19 December 2011 – While the financial crisis still casts a shadow over many countries, the benefits

South-South Cooperation a must to add momentum to poverty reduction efforts

China's development experience cited as prime example by IFAD Rome, 20 July 2011 – Pressing challenges, such as a changing climate and volatile food prices,

A Tanzanian Mother Teresa is born: Pauline Samata, the "bamboo saint"

The International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) estimates that approximately 1.5 billion people depend in some way or another on bamboo and rattan.

Bringing land plots together to increase agricultural productivity

Intensifiying agricultural production is one of the key objectives of the Rwandan government to reduce poverty and guarantee food security. The Crop Intensification Programme (CIP) was introduced in 2007 at the national level to increase agricultural productivity and reduce import of staple agricultural products such as rice.

Boosting knowledge and financial security in Peru

Increasing the knowledge and assets of poor families is an effective way to fight poverty. An innovative IFAD-supported project in the southern highlands of Peru provides grants directly to small producers and to farmers’ organizations so they can develop new income opportunities.

The grass is greener: rehabilitating the Syrian Badia

After years of intensive grazing and severe drought, the Syrian steppe, or Badia, has become badly degraded. An IFAD-supported project is working with local communities to regenerate and manage the rangelands for long- term productivity. Rehabilitation has restored vegetation and helped reduce herders' vulnerability to drought and the effects of climate change.

Graduating to a new life farming Egypt’s desert

An innovative scheme in Egypt is creating work for the country’s large number of unemployed graduates and boosting the economy by reclaiming agricultural land from the desert.

Helping nomadic families prepare for a complex future in Mongolia

Mongolia’s punishing climate and short growing season limit the variety in people’s diets and require families to work hard during the brief summer.

Taking action to support women

New evaluation on gender equality and women's empowerment in IFAD's projects points the way to further progress Rome, 7 February 2011 – An evaluation of

Island groups reap the benefits of a new Pacific agricultural centre

A new agricultural research centre is helping Pacific islanders fight the effects of climate change and feed their people. Its work in crop production and improving soil fertility under island conditions offers benefits not just for the Pacific region, but for island groups throughout the world.

Learning new horticultural techniques to raise income

Lobi is one of the most remote areas in Malawi. Located west of the market town of Dedza along the Mozambican border, it takes one hour travelling on a track road to reach the area.

European and African Heads of State attend IFAD annual meeting to speak for poor rural people

Rome, 11 February 2010 – The Presidents of the Italian Republic and of the United Republic of Tanzania – Giorgio Napolitano and Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete –

How the Kenya Women Finance Trust became a model lender

Sometimes, numbers speak louder than words. Six years ago, the Kenya Women Finance Trust (KWFT) was losing around US$290,000 a year. By 2006, it was posting annual profits of US$1.87 million and changing the lives of more than 100,000 poor women. By any standard, this is a remarkable turnaround. But behind the numbers lies an even more remarkable story.

Monitoring social transformation for the vulnerable using visioning and household mentoring

The District Livelihoods Support Programme (DLSP), implemented by the Ministry of Local Government in Uganda, and funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has been piloting the use of visioning and household mentoring as a new approach to tackle rural poverty among poor communities.

Farmers’ associations: unleashing innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit

In the Lilongwe district of Malawi, a farmers’ association has made a significant difference in the lives of the local community by providing training and enabling its members to negotiate higher prices for their crops.

An ancient form of water management helps farmers in Eritrea cope with water scarcity

Water is precious in Eritrea, where farmers have to cope with droughts and crop failures. With support from the government and an IFAD-funded project, farmers and herders are expanding spate irrigation, an ancient form of water management. By harnessing floodwaters and collecting run-off, farmers can provide enough water for the crop season. Now some farmers can obtain yields that are six times what they used to be.

Increasing access to financial services for poor rural people through policy dialogue and strengthened institutions

"Joining a SACCO opened my eyes, for long I did not know the benefits. All my enterprises now are supported by the SACCO, so why not value it especially at my age?" asks Paddy Musasizi of Ndeija Sub County, Rwampara District.

Sacred Cows of Rwanda

For small farmers in Rwanda, livestock and cows in particular, are an important element of a household, considered as an economic asset as well as a symbol of wealth and social status.

Nepal’s ‘poorest of the poor’ reap the benefits of innovative leasehold project

In the Middle Hills district of Nepal, an IFAD-funded project has helped reverse environmental degradation and bring people out of poverty. As a result of the project’s impressive impact, the government adopted a leasehold forest policy in 2002 and integrated the approach in its poverty strategy.

Villagers and aid workers alike benefit from census project in Niger

Poor villagers in the Aguie area of Niger are discovering the many, unexpected benefits of keeping detailed records of their households and assets. As part of a new databank system introduced by IFAD in 2005, local people are developing a detailed census drawn from 27,000 individuals in 22 villages.

A successful public/private partnership: vegetable oil production in Uganda

It is quite a challenge to develop a major domestic industry that brings public and private investors together and also nurtures the interests of small-scale producers. An IFAD-funded project in Uganda is rising to that challenge by helping to forge a highly innovative partnership between small-scale producers of palm oil and a private sector operator.

Guinea pigs bring prosperity to poor women in China

Poor women in a remote region of China have built up their businesses and worked their way out of poverty thanks to an IFAD-supported project that has taught them how to raise guinea pigs.

From subsistence farming to profit: the benefits of agro-wells in Sri Lanka

Large, well-constructed ‘agro-wells' are making farming profitable for farmers living in dry areas of Sri Lanka. Farmers in the dry areas of the district of Matale benefited from the Regional Economic Advancement Project (REAP) from 1999 to 2007.

In Ghana, rewards continue long after programme officially closes

Thanks to an IFAD-supported programme in north-east Ghana, women's groups are still building their small-scale ruminant-breeding businesses, feeding their families and sending their children to school 13 years on.

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