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Regional SOFI 2019: Sustainable food systems for healthy diets in the Near East and North Africa
Rethinking food systems for healthy diets and improved nutrition.
Canada is first to commit funds to IFAD facility created to help avert food crisis
Canada announced today that it will be the first country to pledge funds to a new facility set up by the IFAD to help prevent a food crisis in some of the world’s poorest and most marginalized rural communities in the wake of COVID-19.
COVID-19: The decline of global remittances puts rural families at risk
The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the loss of millions of jobs in the developed and developing world.
From Meghalaya to Jharkhand, how India is ensuring agri supply chains are not disrupted
In a world living with Covid-19, it is clear that supply chains and logistics should be simple and easy to manage. And that’s what several Indian states are doing.
Keeping exports flowing: Saving development gains in Rwanda
When exports of dried pineapple resumed at the beginning of May, after the lockdown, Jean Damascène Hakuzimana, President of the Tuzamurane farmers’ cooperative, was relieved.
Maintaining critical extension services for smallholders during COVID-19
Agricultural extension services play a fundamental role in building producers’ capacities to maintain good agricultural practices.
Restoring nature and livelihoods: Experiences in Zambia
World Environment Day is a day set aside to raise awareness about environmental issues and encourage protective action. This year’s theme is “Time for Nature.”
Improving the livelihoods of artisanal fishers and their communities along Mozambique’s coastline
The IFAD-supported Artisanal Fisheries Promotion Project (ProPESCA) was implemented to improve the livelihoods of artisanal fishers and their communities living along Mozambique’s coastline.
On tap: How regular water supply helped farmers discover a green thumb in Bhutan
Despite the lush greenery that surrounds Ngarpongtang village in Thangrong, Bhutan, until recently, it was impossible to grow vegetables there. “I used to have to go to other villages to exchange pinewood for vegetables,” says Wangdi, a 54-year-old farmer. “We couldn’t get vegetables to grow here.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Mattia Prayer Galletti talks about indigenous peoples
Mattia Prayer Galletti, lead technical specialist at IFAD , talks about indigenous peoples.
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
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.
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.
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.