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PM Modi, IFAD launch US$217 million programme to empower rural communities in Jammu and Kashmir

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the "Competitiveness Improvement of Agriculture and Allied Sectors Project in Jammu and Kashmir" programme, a partnership between IFAD and the Government of Jammu and Kashmir in India to enhance the competitiveness and climate resilience of small-scale farmers.

Morocco's rural women venture forth with vinegar

Apple farming is a way of life in central Morocco, but farmers have been struggling with post-harvest losses. This all-woman cooperative is turning things around.

Global Agroecology Coalition launches its 2024-2030 strategy

The Agroecology Coalition is a global coalition of more than 300 members from pioneering governments, international agencies, scientific groups and civil society organizations. IFAD, a member of the coalition and a strong supporter for agroecology, will host the event.

In Zambia, I saw rural resilience first-hand

IFAD Associate Vice-President Guoqi Wu shares insights after a visit to project areas in Zambia, which has been hit hard by drought.

Dry planet: drought and desertification, region by region

We asked IFAD’s climate experts how desertification and drought are affecting different parts of the world – and how rural people are leading the change that’s needed.

Uzbekistan and IFAD expand collaboration with the opening of a new country office in Tashkent

IFAD is proud to announce the opening of its new country office in Uzbekistan, marking a major achievement in IFAD’s long-standing commitment to support the country’s rural development efforts.

IFAD welcomes Canada’s generous contribution to fight hunger and poverty and urges other member states to do the same

IFAD applauds the announcement by the Prime Minister of Canada, today, at the G7 in Puglia, to commit CA$100 million to IFAD’s 13th replenishment, to support the world’s poorest rural populations in its 2025-2027 programme of work.

Digital remittances reduce poverty and drive rural transformation by connecting millions of ‘unbanked’ women and men, new IFAD-authored G20 report reveals

In celebration of the International Day of Family Remittances on 16 June, the G20’s Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) has today unveiled a new report that provides evidence of the transformative impact of digital remittances, as a driver of financial inclusion and poverty reduction worldwide.

14 reasons why remittances are important

Remittances continue to matter more than ever, particularly in rural areas where they count the most and provide further opportunities towards rural transformation. Here are 14 reasons why.

IFAD, IOM Celebrate Vital Role of Remittances in Nepal’s Development

IFAD and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), as well as the Resident Coordinator’s Office, celebrated the International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR) in Kathmandu yesterday.

Harnessing diversity for agricultural resilience – Episode 61

With the right support, every rural person can rise above challenges and drive development. From Malawi to Brazil, hear from the farmers rewriting the agricultural narrative.

Restoring ecosystems from the ground up

Dwindling water sources and severe droughts are degrading soils. But it’s not too late to restore ecosystems – if rural people take the lead.

Africa Fertilizer and Soil Health Summit: A Catalyst for Change in African Agriculture

The African continent loses a staggering US$4 billion worth of soil nutrients annually due to erosion. This loss affects over 485 million people and threatens food security. To address this major challenge and obstacle to feed its growing population, the African Union (AU) convened the Africa Fertilizer and Soil Health (AFSH) summit in May, in Nairobi Kenya.

El FIDA y el Grupo BID estrechan lazos de colaboración en favor de la población rural e indígena de América Latina y el Caribe

El FIDA y el Grupo Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (Grupo BID) firmaron hoy un memorando de entendimiento para reforzar el apoyo que brindan a la población rural e indígena de América Latina y el Caribe, especialmente en la Amazonía.

El FIDA reafirma su compromiso con los productores de papa en América Latina

Con motivo del primer Día Internacional de la Papa, el FIDA ha reafirmado hoy su compromiso de seguir invirtiendo en los productores de papa en América Latina con el fin de preservar este recurso natural, cultural e identitario, que juega un papel clave en la lucha contra el hambre y la malnutrición en todo el mundo.

Supporting farmers with disabilities in Uganda

Ugandan farmer, Fred Ouma, lost his sight ten years ago. Unable to contribute to his family, Fred became depressed, and his family suffered.

How diverse crops create a safety net for Solomon Islanders

Bringing back dietary diversity is crucial to building resilience and ensuring Solomon Islanders can always access enough nutritious food, even in times of crisis.

IFAD delegation visits Rwanda to discuss rural development gains

A high-level delegation from IFAD, led by Vice-President Gérardine Mukeshimana, visited Rwanda this week to discuss the country’s progress in developing rural areas and the investments needed to continue to promote inclusive and sustainable agricultural growth.

Media advisory: China-IFAD SSTC Facility to showcase climate-smart solutions at upcoming event

IFAD and the China-IFAD South-South and Triangular Cooperation Facility are co-organizing a virtual and in-person event on Wednesday, 29 May, to highlight proven and cost-efficient solutions to climate change's effects.

When it comes to protecting biodiversity, we must all do our part

Biodiversity in all its forms has transformative power – protecting it requires a whole-of-society approach, in which we all play our part.

From bees to trees: bringing nature back into agriculture – Episode 60

To celebrate World Biodiversity Day, we explore how rural communities are making farming green again. Tune in to hear from a young Zimbabwean and global conservation leaders.

Meet the young rural people bringing back bees

From Tanzania to Tajikistan, rural youth are combining tradition with modern techniques to build sustainable livelihoods on an ancient delicacy: honey.

Senegal launches Africa Integrated Climate Risk Management Programme to support smallholder farmers

The Government of Senegal, in partnership with several international organizations including FAD, officially launched the Africa Integrated Climate Risk Management Programme (AIRCM) today.

Proyecto reforzará la resiliencia climática de más de 250.000 personas en el estado brasileño de Ceará

El FIDA, el BNDES y el Gobierno del Estado de Ceará presentaron hoy en Fortaleza un proyecto que reforzará la resiliencia climática de más de 250.000 personas en 72 municipios del estado de Ceará.

6 ways IFAD is helping to prevent the next pandemic

Given the complex interconnections between the health of animals, people and the planet, how can we prepare ourselves for the next pandemic? Here’s how IFAD’s investments are helping.

IFAD and Japan’s Yokohama City partner for key global food security events

IFAD and Yokohama City, Japan, announced today in Rome their partnership to collaborate on two crucial upcoming global food security events: TICAD9, the 9th Tokyo International Conference on African Development, in 2025; and GREEN×EXPO 2027.

IFAD enters the Australian Dollar market, issuing AUD 75 million sustainable bond to investor Meiji Yasuda Life

IFAD issued its first Australian Dollar (AUD) private placement today, setting yet another milestone as an issuer of sustainable bonds in international markets and broadening its issuance currency pool.

7 innovations transforming rural lives

Small-scale farmers rely on new ideas, techniques and technologies to prosper in our rapidly changing world. Let’s explore seven innovations driving sustainable, inclusive rural development today.

El Presidente del Fondo de Desarrollo Agrícola de la ONU ratifica la apuesta por el sector productivo de camélidos en Bolivia, luego de invertir 165 millones de dólares en desarrollo rural por cuatro décadas

El FIDA ha cofinanciado 14 proyectos de desarrollo en beneficio de la población rural junto al Gobierno de Bolivia en las últimas cuatro décadas, con una inversión total de 291,5 millones de dólares, de los cuales 165 millones fueron financiados por el Fondo. El anuncio fue hecho por el Presidente del FIDA, Álvaro Lario, quien se encuentra en el país y fue parte de la ceremonia oficial de lanzamiento del Año Internacional de los Camélidos en La Paz, liderada por el Presidente del Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia, Luis Arce Catacora.

IFAD and Cambodia to continue to collaborate on key initiatives to boost small-scale agriculture and farmers’ incomes

An IFAD delegation to the Kingdom of Cambodia led by Donal Brown, Associate Vice-President of the Programme Management Department, met key officials, including Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Economy and Finance Aun Pornmoniroth, to discuss investments that will promote inclusive and sustainable agricultural growth in rural areas.

Appel à propositions “ Coordination régionale et soutien au dialogue politique du Programme conjoint Sahel en réponse aux défis COVID-19, conflits et changements climatiques (SD3C) ”

Cet appel à propositions vise à sélectionner un bénéficiaire pour recevoir un financement sous forme de don du FIDA sur trois ans pour mettre en œuvre le projet: « Coordination régionale et soutien au dialogue politique du Programme conjoint Sahel en réponse aux défis COVID-19, conflits et changements climatiques (SD3C) », pour un montant total pouvant atteindre 500,000 US dollars.

Rural Malawians on building back after Cyclone Freddy – Episode 59

A year on from Cyclone Freddy, hope is returning to Malawi’s farms. Tune in to hear directly from the small-scale farmers who are building back stronger with IFAD's support.

IFAD deepens partnership with Bangladesh, opens new office to drive rural development

Gerardine Mukeshimana, Vice-President of IFAD, inaugurated a new country office in Bangladesh yesterday on her first official visit to the country, marking another step forward in IFAD’s enduring commitment to supporting Bangladesh's rural development efforts.

Innovation for Sustainability: Global leaders harness the power of innovation

Global leaders from the public and private sectors and civil society will gather in Rome to discuss innovation for sustainability and explore innovative processes, products, approaches, and co-financing solutions towards sustainability. The Summit will feature presentations, roundtables, and workshops that focus on the Climate, Health, and Nutrition Nexus.

With new geospatial tools, mapping environmental impact is as easy as ABC

Launched this year by the IFAD-hosted Agri-PBD Platform, the ABC-Map uses satellite data to get a holistic view of environmental impact without requiring any ground data.

Call for proposals: IFAD grant for supporting the use of satellite data in project design, monitoring and evaluation

This call for proposals is to select a recipient or consortium of recipients to receive IFAD grant financing to implement the project ‘Capitalising on Earth Observation Data to support Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation’ (CAPEO).

After Cyclone Freddy, investment brings hope to rural Malawi

Rural Malawians are still rebuilding and coming to terms with Freddy’s impacts. But thanks to much-needed investments in small-scale farming, hope is finally starting to appear on the horizon.

Global Report on Food Crises: Acute hunger remains persistently high in 59 countries with 1 in 5 people assessed in need of critical urgent action

According to the latest Global Report on Food Crises (GRFC), nearly 282 million people in 59 countries and territories experienced high levels of acute hunger in 2023 - a worldwide increase of 24 million from the previous year. This rise was due to the report’s increased coverage of food crisis contexts as well as a sharp deterioration in food security, especially in the Gaza Strip and the Sudan.

Migrant Contributions for Development Call for Proposals 2024 for Uzbekistan

Through its Financing Facility for Remittances, IFAD is pleased to launch the Migrant Contributions for Development Call for Proposals 2024 for Uzbekistan.

Regenerative agriculture: from soil to sustainability – Episode 58

Hear from global leaders in regenerative agriculture – and learn how IFAD is leveraging their techniques to combat climate change in rural communities.

4 ways IFAD is using AI to transform rural development

Artificial Intelligence is not just a buzzword for IFAD – it is a powerful new technology that delivers better development results and increases impact.

Meet the women closing the digital divide in rural China

Investing in women's digital empowerment can foster prosperity not just for them, but for entire communities. These three remarkable rural women revitalizing their villages in rural China are living proof of this.

Without gender equity there will be no sustainable development, declares IFAD at launch of the Inter American Decade for the Rights of Rural Women

“Equal opportunities and rights for rural women are essential for building more prosperous and inclusive societies capable of tackling global challenges such as climate change and food insecurity. Without gender equity, there will be no sustainable development,” declared IFAD.  

The three types of biodiversity: explained

Genetic, species, ecosystem: learn about the three main types of biodiversity and explore the role each plays in making agriculture productive, nutritious and resilient.

Brazil: New IFAD-funded project to promote payment for environmental services will foster agroforestry transition in cocoa production areas in Bahia

Today, IFAD and the Land Conservation Organization (OCT) – a prestigious Brazilian non-governmental organization working in southern Bahia state – unveiled the new CompensaAÇÃO (CompensACTION) project: Promotion of Payment for Environmental Services (PES) for deforestation-free supply chains in Brazil.

Senior IFAD official to meet Ministers and small-scale farmers in Zambia to promote agricultural transformation

Guoqi Wu, Associate Vice-President, Corporate Services, IFAD, will visit Zambia from 10 to 12 April 2024. He will meet with the President of Zambia, H.E. Hakainde Hichilema, Minister of Finance and National Planning, Hon. Dr. Situmbeko Musokotwane, Minister of Fisheries and Livestock, Hon. Makozo Chikote, Minister for Agriculture, Hon. Reuben Mtolo Phiri, the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Beatrice Mutali and development partners.

Agriculture’s Indigenous trailblazers – Episode 57

On this episode, Indigenous leaders from Nepal, Mexico and Kenya weigh in on what it means to protect the planet while preserving their cultures, and fighting for the right to land, nutrition and education.

Why rural development in Haiti matters, even during emergencies

IFAD’s Country Director for Haiti, Paolo Silveri, shares his insights on the current crisis – and explains why IFAD is committed to continuing operations.

In Mozambique, a boost to private sector finance is a boost to rural communities

Financial exclusion is acute in rural Mozambique, and women are disproportionately impacted. Closing the funding gap to catalyse private-sector investment in rural communities can make all the difference.

Somalia and IFAD sign new financial agreement to strengthen food security and build resilience in rural areas

To support Somalia's efforts to address the effects of decades of conflict, environmental degradation, and underfunded infrastructure and agricultural productivity, IFAD and the Government of Somalia have signed a new financial agreement to fund the Rural Livelihood Resilience Programme (RLRP).

Rural youth rocking the digital age – Episode 56

In this episode, we speak to three young YouTubers and TikTokers in Latin America who are bringing their rural lives to the world via our screens – and encouraging young rural people to build a future at home.

IFAD establishes a new Multi-Donor Funding Facility to support the Joint Sahel Programme

In a significant move to address the triple COVID, conflict and climate crisis in the Sahel, IFAD has established a Multi-Donor Funding Facility (MDFF) which will channel funding to the existing Joint Sahel Programme in Response to the Challenges of COVID-19, Conflict and Climate Change (SD3C).

See how water and peace go hand in hand

Peace and water are inextricably intertwined. That’s why sustainable rural development can help reduce conflict in communities – and why water is often the crucial element that can make the difference.

IFAD and Montenegro sign financing agreement to support climate adaptation in Northern mountainous areas

Amid growing climate challenges in Montenegro, IFAD signed an agreement with the Government of Montenegro to finance the Adaptation to Climate Change and Resilience in the Montenegrin Mountain Areas project (GORA). The project aims to support small-scale farmers and rural communities to cope with the effects of a changing climate.

Alvaro Lario: “Without family farming, we would not have eaten today”

More than 150 representatives from all five continents have gathered in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Euskadi, Spain to discuss the future of family farming, which provides food for 70 per cent of the world’s people. Among the experts present was Alvaro Lario, President of IFAD and keynote speaker at the inaugural session of the VIII Global Conference. Family Farming: Sustainability of our Planet, organized by the World Rural Forum.

Meet the families farming their way towards a sustainable future

Family farms are key to building sustainable food systems – and to achieving zero hunger worldwide. Let's meet some of the families around the world whose farms are thriving with IFAD's support.  

IFAD and WFP work together to combat hunger in fragile contexts

IFAD and WFP have today launched an action plan to work together in fragile contexts — countries simultaneously affected by economic shocks, and extreme weather, in combination with little or no institutional and government capacity to help people cope. The UN agencies seek to leverage the strengths and expertise of each organization to enhance resilience in fragile environments and improve food security for those who need it most.

Migrant Contributions for Development Call for Proposals 2024 for the Kyrgyz Republic

IFAD’s multi-donor Financing Facility for Remittances (FFR) is pleased to launch the Migrant Contributions for Development Call for Proposals 2024 for the Kyrgyz Republic.

Migrant Contributions for Development Call for Proposals 2024 for Tajikistan

Leveraging remittances to foster financial and digital inclusion, and support the sustainable reintegration of migrant returnees for local economic development in rural areas.

Women shaping sustainable food systems – Episode 55

To mark International Women's Day, we explore how gender inequality and gender-based violence can be overcome to build inclusive, sustainable food systems. From El Salvador to Malawi, hear about how rural women are driving climate adaptation and transforming agriculture – and the world – for the better.

Invest in rural women

Investing in women is the surest way to prosperity – and a world without hunger. That’s why IFAD invests in women. They’re the smartest investment in a sustainable future.

IFAD and partners to build resilience of smallholder farmers to climate change impacts in seven Sahelian Countries

Today, IFAD launched the Africa Integrated Climate Risk Management Programme (AICRM): Strengthening Smallholder Farmers' Resilience to Climate Change Impacts, with a workshop in Banjul, The Gambia. Dr Jyotsna Puri, Associate Vice-President of the Strategy and Knowledge Department at IFAD joined over 60 participants, including government representatives from the programme's host countries, as well as financial and implementing partners.

Investing in women and girls makes economic sense and accelerates progress for millions of people

Investing in gender equality and women’s empowerment is not only more urgent than ever but also an incredibly smart investment to generate economic growth, food security, income opportunities and better lives, particularly in rural areas where most of the world’s poorest live. That will be the message tomorrow on International Women’s Day from leaders at the Rome-based United Nations agriculture and food agencies event - Invest in Women: accelerate progress.

IFAD and JICA Renew their Memorandum of Cooperation for Rural Development, Food and Nutrition Security

In a renewed Memorandum of Cooperation, IFAD and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) agreed yesterday to reinforce their collaborative efforts to enhance rural development, food and nutrition security, with a special focus on Africa.

Champions of change: Meet the winners of the 2024 IFAD Gender Awards

Visit the five inspiring winners of this year’s Gender Awards and find out how they’re addressing the harmful practices, social norms and economic disparities that keep women from achieving their potential.

EU and IFAD launch new initiative to strengthen financial inclusion by boosting digital remittances in Central Asia

Today, in partnership with the European Union, IFAD launched the Platform for Remittances, Investment and Migrants’ Entrepreneurship (PRIME) Central Asia Initiative in Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, to maximize the socio-economic impact of remittances, the hard-earned money sent home by migrant workers.

Building resilience, empowering communities: new fisheries project set to transform lives in Mozambique

Today marks a significant step towards a brighter future for Mozambique's artisanal fisheries sector. A new project that aims to transform the livelihoods of 90,000 artisanal fishers in five coastal provinces in the country has been endorsed with the signing of a US$63 million financing agreement between IFAD and the Government of Mozambique.

Global food crisis, poor nutrition and the effects of climate change need urgent action, says IFAD President

A global food crisis and the effects of climate change are taking a toll on those most vulnerable: millions of people – many of them small-scale farmers and their families – who are unable to afford a healthy diet. At this critical juncture, Alvaro Lario, President of IFAD, is visiting the Solomon Islands and Australia from 29 February to 8 March 2024 to collaborate on next-steps and to deepen IFAD’s strategic partnership with governments across the region.

MOPAN assessment of IFAD 2023

The Multilateral Organization Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN) is an independent network of 22 member states with a shared vision to promote an effective multilateral system that delivers solutions to evolving global goals and local challenges.

Zero waste, full plates: winning with school meals - Episode 54

In this episode, we explore why we must pursue zero hunger and zero waste as joint goals. In particular, we look at how these efforts are crucial for children, who depend on nutritious diets for healthy development.

Prosperity or the planet? Luckily, they're not mutually exclusive

All too often, value chain development harms the planet by emitting carbon and degrading environments. That’s why to build truly prosperous rural areas, we must make value chains not just strong, but sustainable.

Twenty years on from the first Farmers’ Forum, four farming leaders weigh in

We asked four farmers’ organization leaders from around the world about current challenges, new developments and their hopes for the future at the eighth global meeting of the Famers’ Forum.

Sophie Grigson on how diversifying crops in Malawi cultivates sustainability and resilience

IFAD Recipes for Change chef Sophie Grigson travelled to Malawi to meet local small-scale farmers who are fighting back against climate change by diversifying their crops.

IFAD Member States approve ambitious $2 bn plan to reduce hunger and poverty for 100 million rural people

The 178 Member States of IFAD today adopted an ambitious agenda to improve the production, incomes, food security and resilience of more than 100 million rural people over three years.

IFAD highlights the transformative power of innovation for small-scale farmers

For small-scale farmers in some of the most remote corners of the world, innovation isn't just a buzzword. It's a lifeline with the potential to reshape the future of agriculture by generating and scaling up new ideas, new approaches and opportunities to sustainably overcome the challenges they face on a daily basis.