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From Nigeria to Nepal, going online helps rural women build businesses
Meet the women using digital tools to build successful businesses and stronger communities.
“There is no food security without water security,” says IFAD executive in plea to increase investments in water solutions for small-scale farmers
Ahead of the UN 2023 Water Conference, IFAD calls for accelerated investments to help small-scale farmers in developing countries access and manage increasingly scarce water resources in the face of a changing climate and more extreme weather events.
It’s not too late to prevent the worst-case scenario
The IPCC’s latest Synthesis Report is a reminder that the power is in our hands to prevent the very worst outcomes of climate change—if we take decisive and ambitious action now.
When the world is drying up, every drop of water counts
Climate change and a growing population are exacerbating water scarcity. As the water cycle is disrupted, farmers are coming up with inventive ways to harvest, store and use water. IFAD is helping them with simple but effective and climate-smart water infrastructure.
YouTubers y TikTokers rurales de Bolivia, Colombia y Honduras promocionan su entorno con apoyo del FIDA
Con el objetivo de revalorizar la ruralidad desde el protagonismo juvenil, el FIDA presentó hoy en La Paz la segunda edición de la iniciativa “YouTubers y Tiktokers Rurales”, un ciclo de talleres de capacitación y un concurso de talentos para promover la creación de empleo juvenil y la mejora de los niveles de nutrición de casi 5 000 jóvenes de entre 16 y 35 años de zonas rurales y periurbanas de Bolivia, Colombia y Honduras.
Turning dreams into reality in West Africa
Young people in rural areas of West Africa are leaving unemployment behind and setting up successful agri-businesses.
Alvaro Lario, President of IFAD: "Spain can become a world leader in the fight against hunger and poverty at this crucial time"
In his first official visit to Madrid, the Spanish president of IFAD, Álvaro Lario, highlighted Spain's potential to "become a world leader in the fight against hunger and poverty at this crucial time," when high food prices are “putting millions of people on the ropes” and threatening global stability.
As Cyclone Freddy breaks records, vulnerable rural people are in the eye of the storm
For over a month, Cyclone Freddy has been battering south-east Africa. This may be the longest-lasting tropical cyclone ever recorded—and vulnerable rural communities are in the eye of the storm. We explain what this means for IFAD’s project participants in the region.
UN Agency IFAD becomes a voting member of the ICMA principles, providing investors with another reason to bank on rural development
IFAD has become a voting member of the International Capital Markets Association (ICMA) principles.
Meet the young entrepreneurs fighting to preserve and restore our biodiversity
Young people the world over know that conserving our biodiversity is key to eradicating hunger and achieving a healthy and sustainable food system. Here’s how they’re fixing our broken planet.
‘Don’t give up on Niger’ - Ambassador Cindy Mccain, calls for increased donor support amidst growing food insecurity
Addressing a press briefing from Rome, Ambassador McCain said, “My appeal to the international community today is, do not give up on Niger. One thing is sure – when we come together as one world, we can save lives.”
Time to step up investments in rural communities on the frontline of climate change in the Pacific islands
IFAD is advocating for more investments in small-scale farming communities in the Pacific.
As the world moves to protect oceans, we must also protect small-scale fishers
As the world welcomes the historic UN agreement to legally protect high seas, we must also ensure that small-scale fishers continue to be protected.
International Women’s Day 2023: Bridging the digital gender divide is essential for unleashing women’s potential in rural areas, say UN food and agriculture agencies
Inclusive access to digital technologies and education is crucial to reducing gender inequalities and empowering rural women and girls – that was the message from three United Nations’ food and agriculture agencies as they marked International Women’s Day 2023.
A digital divide is holding rural women back. Here is what we can do to change this
Many rural women are excluded from digital services. What is causing the digital divide and what can we do to end it?
From tulips to tomatoes: Technology empowers women in Asia
In Pakistan and Bangladesh women are harnessing technology to connect to the world and build a business, one click at a time.
A new chapter in IFAD’s work with persons with disabilities
Meet IFAD’s new Disability Inclusion Champion as she works towards amplifying the voice and potential of persons with disabilities.
IFAD, the UN’s rural development agency, and India deepen shared commitment to build resilient rural livelihoods
As India takes over the G20 presidency, an IFAD delegation to India met key officials.
IFAD President in Germany stresses “importance to invest in building long-term resilience” in rural communities
During his first visit to Germany since taking office five months ago, IFAD President Alvaro Lario, commended Germany’s leadership throughout the recent global food, energy and climate crises.
What difference does rural investment make to the world’s poorest people?
As we begin our 13th replenishment, our Report on IFAD’s Development Effectiveness ensures we continue to efficiently invest in rural people, protect the planet and leave no one behind.
It’s time to step up.
In today’s multi-crisis context, one disaster quickly follows another. With crisis fatigue setting in, the time is now to invest in solutions with lasting impact, including food systems and small-scale farmers.
Bridging the digital gender gap – Episode 41
In the run-up to International Women’s Day, we explore the impact of the digital gender gap.
Turning over a new leaf. How rural people in Madagascar cope with the impact of climate change
Amina Sana had very little income and not enough to eat. But her life has been transformed after receiving livestock and training from the IFAD-supported FORMAPROD project
38 665 000 EUR du FIDA pour soutenir l’insertion économique et professionnelle des jeunes ruraux maliens
Le FIDA et le gouvernement malien ont procédé, hier, à la signature d’un accord de prêt d’un montant de 38 665 000 Euro qui financera la création de richesses et la réduction de la pauvreté pour les jeunes ruraux du Mali.
From coca leaves to cocoa beans: How farmers in the Peruvian Amazon are innovating using digital tools
In Peru, IFAD-funded project helps small-scale farmers connect to new markets and access technical assistance online.
IFAD and Kingdom of Cambodia sign agreement to promote inclusive and sustainable agricultural growth
IFAD and the Kingdom of Cambodia signed a US $194 million financing agreement to promote inclusive and sustainable agricultural growth in rural Cambodia through the Agriculture Services Programme for an Inclusive Rural Economy and Agricultural Trade (ASPIRE-AT) project this week. ASPIRE-AT will create an enabling environment to address the barriers faced by small-scale farmers in increasing their productivity and incomes, particularly through priority export and domestic value chains.
New IFAD-funded project in DRC to feed cities, develop rural areas and promote food sovereignty
IFAD, represented by its President Alvaro Lario, and the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), together with the DRC’s Permanent Representative to IFAD, Ambassador Paul Emile Tshinga Ahuka, today signed a loan agreement to reduce poverty and ensure food sovereignty in rural areas.
IFAD loan to enable small-scale farmers in Viet Nam to plan for, cope with and adapt to climate change impacts
IFAD and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam last week signed a loan agreement to promote inclusive and sustainable agricultural growth in the Mekong Delta. The Climate-smart Agricultural Value Chain Development (CSAT) project will generate sustainable income opportunities and improved rural livelihoods for 60,000 families engaged in small-scale farming.
New IFAD - and GAFSP - funded project to scale up successful approaches to increasing food and nutrition security and increase small-scale farmers’ incomes in Lao PDR
IFAD and the Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic today signed an agreement for a nutrition-sensitive agriculture project to address food insecurity and malnutrition among the rural poor. The project will especially focus on vulnerable groups such as women, young people and people with disabilities.
Pueblos Indígenas de Bolivia logran un reconocimiento mundial por su gestión ganadera adaptada al cambio climático, con apoyo del FIDA
Gracias a su excelente gestión ganadera, adaptada al cambio climático, y la protección efectiva sus medios de vida y los ecosistemas, los Pueblos Indígenas de tres departamentos de Bolivia se hicieron merecedores del Premio de los Pueblos Indígenas, siendo así reconocidos como el proyecto con mejores resultados entre aquellos financiados por el FIDA.
IFAD’s Governing Council endorses Ukraine as its 178th Member State
Ukraine was endorsed today as the 178th member state to join IFAD. Ukraine’s membership was endorsed by IFAD’s Governing Council – its highest decision-making authority. IFAD began discussing membership with Ukraine in 2016, and the Governing Council’s endorsement was among the last of the essential steps in the process.
IFAD President calls on government leaders to step up investment in the world’s poorest people
It is time for global leaders to accelerate action for food security by stepping up investments in rural communities and the small-scale farmers who produce one-third of the world’s food, said the President of IFAD, Alvaro Lario, in an urgent plea at IFAD’s 46th Governing Council meeting in Rome today.
IFAD substantially strengthens its investments in Somalia to help small-scale producers cope with climate shocks and food insecurity
As Somalia continues to experience a historic drought, pushing millions of Somalians into acute food insecurity, Alvaro Lario, President IFAD announced today during IFAD’s 46th session of the Governing Council that it will substantially strengthen its support to Somalia and resume its direct investments after loan arrears resulted in a three-decade long suspension.
Rural people in Sudan call time on water wars
As the climate crisis takes hold and water scarcity sparks conflict, rural people in Sudan are finding ways toward peace and equitable resource management.
Pope Francis receives indigenous leaders who call for climate justice
40 indigenous leaders, who were in Rome to attend the 6th Global Meeting of the Indigenous Peoples’ Forum hosted by IFAD, met with with His Holiness, Pope Francis, today, and raised their concerns about the toll that extractive and exploitive industries fuelling the global economy were having on growing inequality, preventing access to basic human rights and hindering environmental sustainability.
Meet the winners of the Indigenous Peoples Awards 2023
Through the Indigenous Peoples Awards, IFAD celebrates inspirational development projects that partnered with and made a real difference to indigenous communities in 2022
Giving Indigenous Peoples the recognition they deserve: Why updates to IFAD's policy matter
IFAD’s updated Policy on Engagement with Indigenous Peoples enshrines the value of their traditions and supports the crucial role they play in the world. We spoke with three experts to get an insight into the policy.
Global leaders at IFAD’s 46th Governing Council - Accelerating action to tackle unprecedented global levels of hunger
Heads of state, ministers, development, youth and indigenous leaders, climate activists will discuss and agree upon ways to accelerate action to tackle growing hunger and an unprecedented food crisis at the annual IFAD's Governing Council.
IFAD, the UN’s rural development agency, and the Kingdom of Cambodia deepen partnership for inclusive agricultural growth
An IFAD delegation to the Kingdom of Cambodia led by Jyotsna Puri, Associate Vice-President of the Strategy and Knowledge Department, and Reehana Raza, Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, met key officials, including Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen, to discuss investments that will promote inclusive and sustainable agricultural growth in rural Cambodia, particularly through priority export and domestic value chains.
Tackling unprecedented levels of hunger - Global leaders to accelerate action at IFAD’s 46th Governing Council
As the world faces the largest food crisis in modern history, global leaders including Heads of state, government ministers, and representatives of youth and indigenous peoples, will gather in Rome to participate in the annual Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
Senegal: IFAD partners with private sector to unleash financial inclusion in rural areas
IFAD has developed two new public-private partnerships to enhance access to cheaper, faster and safer remittances, the hard-earned money sent home by migrant workers. New partnerships aim to increase access to digital and financial services and products across rural areas of Senegal.
UN rural development agency IFAD and Government of Lao PDR commit to improving nutrition in rural areas
On a four-day visit to the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Jyotsna Puri, Associate Vice-President of the Strategy and Knowledge Department at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and Reehana Raza, IFAD’s Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, met Phet Phomphiphak, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry.
Georgia and Kyrgyzstan: sustained efforts toward collective community pasture management
Pastoral communities in Georgia and Kyrgyzstan work hand in hand with IFAD to make land use more equitable, productive and sustainable.
Promoting indigenous voices - Episode 40
With IFAD’s Indigenous Peoples’ Forum coming up in February, we focus on a crucial yet underrepresented group in the fight for climate change: Indigenous Peoples.
IFAD and African Development Bank are on a mission to boost agricultural productivity in Africa
As food security for millions of Africans continues to be impacted by rising food and fuel prices further compounded by threats of a debt crisis in some countries, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and IFAD are joining forces to address the structural problems hampering agricultural productivity in Africa through a new programme aimed at feeding Africa sustainably.
How livestock in Lesotho is adapting to climate change
An IFAD-FAO study from Lesotho provides valuable insight on how to mitigate against climate change while sustainably producing enough healthy food for everyone.
Why insects are the next global superfood
IFAD helps rural small-scale farmers reduce emissions while adapting to climate change. Find out how rearing insects as human food and livestock feed can achieve these goals.
UN Report: 131 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean cannot access a healthy diet
The new United Nations report Overview of Food Security and Nutrition 2022 finds that 22.5% of the Latin America and the Caribbean population cannot afford a healthy diet. In the Caribbean this figure reaches 52%; in Mesoamerica, 27.8%; and in South America, 18.4%.
Sénégal : Le FIDA et le CNCR signent un accord de don pour l’amélioration des revenus des femmes et des jeunes entrepreneurs avicoles villageois
Le FIDA et le Conseil national de concertation et de coopération des ruraux (CNCR) du Sénégal, viennent de signer un Accord de don pour améliorer les revenus des femmes et des jeunes entrepreneurs avicoles villageois ayant subi les conséquences des mesures restrictives prises pour faire face à la pandémie de Covid19.
How smallholder farmers in Madagascar, Burkina Faso and Eswatini endured the coronavirus pandemic
When covid-19 brought the world to a standstill, IFAD helped farmers’ organizations adopt new ways of operating amid a global pandemic.
Actor Idris Elba tells world leaders that poor farmers need investment not handouts at award ceremony in Davos
At Davos today, actor Idris Elba and his wife Sabrina Dhowre Elba, both Goodwill Ambassadors for IFAD, received the 2023 Crystal Award for their leadership in championing and advocating on behalf of the millions of poor small-scale farmers across the globe who work each day to produce one-third of the world’s food and more than 70 percent of the food produced in Africa and Asia, and are essential to ensure global and local food security and thus social and political stability.
Putting rural people in the development driving seat in Ethiopia
In Ethiopia, community driven development puts small-scale farmers in charge of identifying what they need to prosper and how development funding should be used.
Extraordinary times call for extraordinary investments in long-term rural development and food sovereignty says UN leader ahead of Davos
Ahead of the annual gathering of world leaders in Davos next week, Alvaro Lario, President of IFAD, warns of the urgent need to invest at speed and scale in long-term rural development to prevent recurring food crises and end hunger and poverty.
The Tunisian woman who weaved her way to a better life
In rural Tunisia women are breaking free of gender norms and building successful businesses to provide for their families.
Fish farming brings prosperity in the Lao People's Democratic Republic
Lao farmers are working hand in hand with IFAD to change rural fortunes through fish farming.
2022: Resilience in the face of adversity
As we near the end of 2022, IFAD looks back on some of the themes that defined a year of dramatic change.
Putting our money where our mouth is – Episode 39
First up, we’d like to introduce you to IFAD’s new President, Alvaro Lario, who tells us about his plans for the agency.
Three innovative farming solutions made possible through South-South and Triangular Cooperation
The importance of the South-South and Triangular Cooperation and three ways it changed the lives of smallholder farmers.
Cape Verde: digital remittances have the potential to boost rural development, says IFAD report
A new country diagnostic report by IFAD, funded by the European Union, identifies the hidden potential of using digital remittances, the money sent home by its migrant workers through digital means, to boost overall socio-economic development in Cape Verde.
Lasting traditions: How Dao healers are custodians of indigenous knowledge and the natural environment
In Viet Nam the Dao people treat ailments with local herbs, forest products and generational knowledge.
Rural people in crisis: The latest news from IFAD
Rural people are still paying the highest price for the rise in food, fertilizer and fuel costs. The Crisis Response Initiative was set up as part of IFAD's ongoing efforts to build rural people's resilience to these shocks. Here are selected highlights on the crisis from our teams in the field.
Germany and IFAD join forces to mobilize support for rural communities in Africa through private sector financing
Following its recent €30 million contribution in support of the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD) response to the global food and energy crisis, Germany has committed to investing an additional €22 million in financial services and products designed to strengthen the agricultural business sector in poor communities.
In Sierra Leone, social inclusion that leaves no one behind
In Sierra Leone, IFAD helps persons with disabilities overcome the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic through farming.
Funding resilience in The Gambia
In The Gambia, the second phase of IFAD’s Rural Poor Stimulus Facility helps vulnerable communities get back on their feet after the COVID-19 pandemic.
An old crop for a new crisis: how cassava helped Samoans through the pandemic
Faced with the prospect of food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic, Samoans turned to an ancient staple to feed their families and communities.
Rising sea levels threaten Egypt's fertile plains in the Nile Delta
The Nile Delta is the breadbasket of Egypt, but climate change threatens agriculture here. IFAD is working to protect the land and improve the quality of previously infertile land. Sabrina Dhowre Elba, IFAD colleagues, and project coordinators and participants describe how this is changing people’s lives.
Here comes the sun: solar-powered irrigation brings crops back to life in Rwanda
In rural Rwanda, solar-powered irrigation gives women farmers a sustainable alternative to time-consuming and expensive manual and diesel-powered systems.
Why ownership matters: What I learned from farmers in Kenya and Tanzania
Following a recent visit to Tanzania and Kenya, IFAD AVP, Satu Santala, shares what she learned about sustainable development from the farmers themselves.
Indigenous Peoples are protecting biodiversity, one harvest at a time
To conserve biodiversity, Indigenous Peoples use centuries-old food systems anchored in sustainable practices and unique to their native ecosystems.
No biodiversity, no farmers, no food security
With biodiversity declining to alarming levels around the world, IFAD calls upon leaders participating in the biggest global biodiversity conference in a decade starting tomorrow, to reach a robust agreement which preserves, restores and promotes biodiversity.
There’s a whole world beneath our feet.
Healthy soil is key to the world’s food security. IFAD is helping farmers in Ethiopia shift from harmful pesticides to environmentally-friendly pest management treatments, in a bid to heal the earth beneath our feet.
Germany provides EUR 30 million to IFAD’s immediate response to the global food and energy crisis
Germany has granted EUR 30 million to IFAD to support poor rural communities cope with the impacts of the global food, fertilizer and energy crisis.
How disability and the climate crisis converge
18 million persons with disabilities are expected to be displaced by climatic events by 2050, we must urgently include them in climate action—both as participants and decision makers.
IFAD President Alvaro Lario to meet President Andry Rajoelina in Madagascar
The President of IFAD, Alvaro Lario, will travel to Madagascar from 4 to 7 December 2022. It is his first visit to the country since he took office as President of IFAD on 1 October 2022.
Opening opportunities for people with disabilities in rural Nepal
In a remote village in wester Nepal, an IFAD-supported project is working to enhance the resilience of the most vulnerable members of the community, including women and people with disabilities.