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Building up family farmers’ resilience through nature-based solutions in Latin America and the Caribbean

Resilience has become the talk of the town in the development community.

Ensuring environmental sustainability and building resilience to climate change

Extreme weather events, such as droughts, storms and floods, are putting pressure on the ecosystems that farmers depend on, as are gradual processes such as rising sea levels and melting glaciers.

IFAD supports projects that increase agricultural productivity and incomes in Madagascar

Rural development projects financed and supported by IFAD have helped to reduce rural poverty and increase rural entrepreneurship in Madagascar, according to a new report presented today.

Leveraging artificial intelligence: Harnessing big data to improve decision-making

To take advantage of the potential of AI, IFAD employed machine learning techniques to extract insights from across IFAD’s entire investment portfolio.

Sierra Leone: Recovering from a pandemic

In 2014, the people of Sierra Leone faced a seemingly unstoppable virus and a catastrophic outbreak, leading to strict precautionary measures, quarantine and fear.

The impact of COVID-19 on smallholders in China

One emerging lesson from the pandemic is that those who are already vulnerable are likely to be the most severely impacted.

El FIDA centrará su actividad en México en promover la inclusión económica activa de la población rural más pobre y vulnerable

El Fondo Internacional de Desarrollo Agrícola (FIDA), el organismo especializado de las Naciones Unidas para el desarrollo rural, ha validado su estrategia de actuación hasta 2025 en México. En ella se fija como principal objetivo promover la inclusión económica activa de la población rural para luchar contra la pobreza.

What’s needed to protect food security in Africa during COVID-19

In most of Africa, people are more likely to die from starvation caused by the economic fallout from the pandemic than from COVID-19 itself.

IFAD’s Sara Mbago-Bhunu to join renowned Global South Experts on Commission on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification

Sara Mbago-Bhunu, IFAD’s director for the Eastern and Southern Africa Division, is among twenty-two renowned experts from across the Global South who are joining a major new Commission on Sustainable Agriculture Intensification (CoSAI).

Marie-Aude Even talks about agronomy

Marie-Aude Even, senior regional technical specialist in agronomy at IFAD, talks about crops development.

Mattia Prayer Galletti talks about indigenous peoples

Mattia Prayer Galletti, lead technical specialist at IFAD , talks about indigenous peoples.

Zainab Semgalawe talks about rural institutions

Zainab Semgalawe, lead regional technical specialist, talks about rural institutions

Sauli Hurri talks about rural finance, markets and value chains

Sauli Hurri, senior regional technical specialist, talks about rural finance, markets and value chains

Oliver Page talks about climate change and environment

Oliver Page, regional specialist, talks about climate change and environment

Michael Hamp talks about rural finance, markets and value chains

Michael Hamp, lead technical specialist talks about rural finance, markets and value chains

Putso Nyathi talks about agronomy

Putso Nyathi, senior regional technical specialist in agronomy at IFAD for the east and southern Africa region, talks about agronomy.

Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on small-scale agriculture in The Gambia

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us just how vulnerable agricultural value chains are to external shocks – and how much more we need to do to build the sector’s resilience.

Tom Mwangi Anyonge talks about youth

Tom Mwangi Anyonge, lead technical specialist at IFAD , talks about youth, rural development and institutions.

Media invite: IFAD and WEF panel - Protecting food security during COVID-19

Online briefing with experts from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and UN Goodwill Ambassadors for IFAD Idris and Sabrina Dhowre Elba on food security in times of COVID-19.

Protecting health and protecting livelihoods: a delicate balance in the era of COVID-19

Development encompasses a wide range of actions that enables people, communities and nations to thrive even after projects have ended.

Jonathan Agwe talks about rural finance, markets and enterprises

Jonathan Agwe, lead regional technical specialist talks about rural finance, markets and enterprises

Long-term development supports quick action in a crisis: an update from Asia and the Pacific

It has been really inspiring to receive updates from the field over the past two months illustrating how IFAD-supported projects are continuing to deliver.

The potential impact of COVID-19 on China’s food security: Prospects for food imports

Last week, the China Grain Reserve Group announced its intention to purchase 22 million tonnes of imported grain during 2020. Should China worry about food security?

Planting seeds in the new normal: Rural women in Pakistan amid COVID-19

In rural Pakistan, women are important partners in agricultural development. They perform a variety of crucial tasks, including weeding and tilling land, planting seeds, collecting farmyard manure and harvesting. They are also responsible for cleaning, drying and storing grains.

Balancing the Pandemic, Biodiversity and Farming - Episode 8

In this month’s programme, we explore how to maintain a balance between battling COVID-19 and promoting farming and biodiversity.

On the International Day for Biological Diversity, commitment to sustainable agriculture is more important than ever

This year’s theme for the International Day for Biological Diversity is “Our Solutions are in Nature.”

In Brazil, a “quiet revolution” for rural women makes the invisible visible

In north-eastern Brazil, as in so many other places, rural women's work is often invisible. But a revolution is taking place – and IFAD is a part of it.

Bees, biodiversity and COVID-19 - World Bee Day

Bees support countless ecosystems, bolster biodiversity, anchor food chains and help ensure humans’ agricultural security. Not bad for insects no bigger than a paperclip.

Fast and flexible: IFAD’s first successful project restructuring protects smallholders in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted agricultural and food systems around the world, along with the livelihoods and food security of the poorest rural communities – precisely the groups of people whom IFAD concentrates its efforts on.

Stay at home! Savings, contingencies and electronic wallet use

Without initially knowing it, last year more than 13,000 young women in Colombia began to prepare for the current economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 response must target African agriculture and the rural poor

Africa has so far escaped the worst health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the continent looks like it could be the worst hit.

Five ways organizations can help countries build agile and inclusive responses to COVID-19

How can we enhance local capacity to respond to this emergency in an agile and inclusive manner?

Colombia: Rebuilding lives and businesses in post-conflict rural areas

Colombia is a country rich in natural resources and diverse communities. But in small towns and across the countryside, many families remain poor.

El FIDA invertirá USD 554 millones para apoyar la recuperación de la agricultura familiar en América Latina y el Caribe tras el impacto de la COVID-19

El FIDA destinará USD 554 millones de dólares para sostener la agricultura familiar en América Latina y el Caribe durante la crisis de la COVID-19 y para contribuir a su recuperación y modernización una vez el impacto de la pandemia haya pasado.

No ordinary solution: Afro-Colombian ingenuity in the fight against COVID-19

The story of the Afro-Colombian community has always been one of resilience. Historically, this group has faced the country’s highest rates of poverty and food insecurity, and has lacked access to many basic services.

The making of a turning point: A rural Chinese women’s cooperative joins the COVID-19 fight

In 2016, the IFAD-funded YARIP project had partnered with the Qujing Zhanyi District Women’s Federation to transform traditional embroidery art into a new source of income and employment. Qujing, located in the ethnically diverse Yunnan province, is home to the Yi, an ethnic group with a population of about 300,000.

Before and during COVID-19, an e-voucher initiative makes a difference for Kenyan farmers

Victoria Muteti, a 44-year old farmer living in Kenya’s Makueni County, has many reasons to be satisfied. In January 2020, she was able to harvest more than 2,500 kilograms of sorghum from her 2.5-acre farm – far more than the 1,000 kg she harvested in 2019.

Tracking the implementation and impact of the Uganda Yield Fund: A groundbreaking M&E system for a groundbreaking fund

We are in the middle of a shift in how development is financed. Impact investing is on the rise.

When they came home: Migration and responses to COVID-19 in India

With most of the world sheltering in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ILO estimates that about 2.7 billion people are currently affected by workplace closures.

Small-scale farmers can help build resilient food systems in a post–COVID-19 world

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 820 million people were living in hunger. Tens of millions more will join them if we do not take the right actions, and quickly.

Chef Bela Gil’s pesto-millet balls: A lockdown-friendly recipe

We’ve been asking our Recipes for Change chefs to tell us how they are adapting to life during the coronavirus pandemic – and to share a delicious recipe that can be made with basic cupboard ingredients.

Empowering and protecting rural women in the time of coronavirus

The April morning sun beats down on Kontagora, a lively market town in central Nigeria. Generators hum as milling machines husk the brown bran from rice grains, revealing glistening white kernels. COVID-19 is on everybody’s mind. But the thriving Tudun Wada South Rice Processors women’s cooperative is open for business.

How do shocks affect project impacts?

Past experience tells us that quick, tailored support is required to ensure that the impacts of our projects are protected from the effects of the COVID-19 crisis.

Investing in Food in the Time of Coronavirus - Episode 7

We begin this month’s programme with an update on IFAD's operations and on investing in food during the time of coronavirus.

An Asia-Pacific crisis like never before

After many years of sustained annual reductions in poverty and hunger across the Asia-Pacific region, the COVID-19 global pandemic is threatening a massive reversal of these gains and driving Asian countries into recession.

Recipes for Change: Chef Lance Seeto’s homemade chicken, ginger and greens soup

IFAD’s Recipes for Change chefs are adjusting to life in a world contending with COVID-19 – and as a part of that, they’re sharing some excellent recipes that you can make with ingredients you’ve already got in your home cupboard.

IFAD announces landmark investment in impact fund helping rural SMEs

In a continuation of its efforts to help small-scale farmers and micro-, small and medium size rural enterprises in developing countries create jobs and increase incomes, IFAD announced today it will make an investment of US$9 million (€8.4 million) into the Agri-Business Capital (ABC) Fund, a blended capital impact fund.

Recovery, reactivation and resilience: Confronting COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean

With half of the planet’s population locked down, the global economy brought to a halt and the number of cases reaching into the millions, it is clear that the COVID-19 pandemic is the biggest crisis of our time.

As Earth Day adopts a climate action theme, let’s not forget about smallholder farmers

On this day 50 years ago – the first Earth Day had just taken place – and a global movement was born.

Collaborating in a time of crisis: Three early takeaways from the COVID-19 response in India

The tremendous progress in reducing poverty made by India over the past 25 years could now be reversed because of the unprecedented emergency facing all of us – the COVID-19 pandemic.

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