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IFAD loan of US$3 million to revive small-scale agriculture in Seychelles

Rome, 22 May 2013 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will provide a US$3 million loan to the Republic of Seychelles to help revive

Rome-based UN Agencies are honorary citizens of Rome

Commitment to fight hunger and poverty cited Rome, 21 April  2013 – The three Rome-based UN agencies – the , the International Fund for Agricultural Development

IFAD US$20 million loan to bolster economic development in the State of Piauí in Brazil

Rome, 9 April  2013 – A US$20 million loan from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to the Federative Republic of Brazil. The loan

IFAD grant to improve food security in Afghanistan

US$58 million will focus on increasing agriculture and livestock productivity Rome, 8 April  2013 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development

Learning by doing: IFAD grant for scaling up projects in the Near East and North Africa regions

Central Asia and Eastern European countries will be part of knowledge transfer and capacity building network  Rome, 28 March  2013 –The International Fund

Dutch Princess Máxima stresses access to financial services for rural development

Rome-based UN agencies meet at IFAD headquarters on financial inclusion of millions of poor rural women and men Rome, 21 March  2013 – The International

IFAD partnership with Australian-financed Seeds of Life to help sustain rural communities during ‘hungry season’ in Timor-Leste

Rome, 21 February 2013 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste have joined

Stronger coalitions to scale up for hunger and poverty eradication

| | | "We are more effective when we work in partnerships," says IFAD President Rome, 14 February 2013 – The 36th Governing Council, the annual meeting

Vice Premier of China calls for further global cooperation to benefit rural communities worldwide

| | | | | Kanayo F. Nwanze appointed IFAD President for a second term of four years Rome, 13 February 2013 – The Vice Premier of the People's Republic

Kanayo F. Nwanze appointed for another four years as IFAD President

| | | Partnerships can make food security a reality, says Nwanze Rome, 13 February 2013 – In his address today to the 36th Governing Council, Kanayo F.

I partenariati tra privati sono fondamentali per aiutare i piccoli agricoltori a diventare soggetti attivi del loro sviluppo

Il ministro dell'Economia e delle Finanze italiano Vittorio Grilli al Consiglio dei Governatori sottolinea l'importanza della crescita agricola sostenibile

IFAD loan and grant to boost agricultural productivity in Tunisia

| | New economic opportunities for rural youth and women Rome, 12 February 2013 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will extend

First Global Indigenous Peoples’ Forum at IFAD

| | | Leaders from 27 countries advocate self-driven development Rome, 12 February 2013 – The first global meeting of the Indigenous Peoples' Forum held

Partners in development key to drive change : Chinese Vice Premier, Italian Economy and Finance Minister to address IFAD annual meeting

| | | Election of IFAD President on agenda Rome, 11 February 2013 – Against the backdrop of a world confronted with unprecedented challenges of food insecurity,

IFAD leverages new coastal highway and port to increase small fisheries exports

IFAD loan to support 116, 000 people in coastline districts Rome, 31 January 2013 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will extend

Burkina Faso: Waiting for the rain

Weather patterns are becoming more unpredictable in the Sahel region of Burkina Faso. Farmers say the rainy season that once began regularly in June is often delayed and when the rain finally does come the sudden force and volume of water can cause flooding and destroy crops.

IFAD President in the Republic of Korea to discuss joint efforts to eliminate poverty and hunger in the world’s poorest rural areas

Rome, 21 August 2013 –Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), will be in the Republic of Korea 26-28

In China IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze will explore broader partnerships for rural poverty eradication

Food security and South-South cooperation high on agenda Rome - Beijing, 19 August 2013 - The President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development

Better evidence, better programmes, better outcomes

Experts and donors harmonize approaches to monitoring and evaluating food security programming Rome, 23 July 2013 – More than 20 food security and nutrition

Remittances can transform rural areas

Making every dollar count Rome, 27 May 2013 – The Global Forum on Remittances jointly organized by the International Fund for Agricultural Development

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.

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