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Why must we wait another generation to close the gender gap? Women are long overdue a seat at the table

Last year, the World Economic Forum revised its estimates for closing the gender gap. Shockingly, rather than reaching equality sooner, the gap has increased a generation. At IFAD, we work to achieve a more equitable rural world, one where women’s participation in decision-making is no longer an exception.

5 questions you should be asking about climate change and rural women

Women and girls all over the world are more strongly affected by climate change. For International Women’s Day, we’re taking a look at why that is and how women and girls can lead the way in adapting to the new environment.

The impact of conflict in Ukraine on global food security – statement by Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of IFAD

At IFAD we are following the situation in Ukraine with a heavy heart. We deplore the loss of life and displacement of populations, and we join the call of the UN Secretary General to end military operations, restore peace and protect human rights.

2021 Gender Awards: Five IFAD-supported projects transforming women’s roles in rural communities

Every year, we recognize a project from each of our regions that empowers rural women and girls. Here, we present the winners of the 2021 Gender Awards.

UN agency IFAD and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences release study on the impacts of COVID-19 on the rural economy

This meta-analysis study captures the key findings of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the rural economy and especially on the livelihoods of smallholder farmer households.

Nutrition-sensitive investments for resilient food systems: Lessons from Ethiopia

More and more of IFAD’s development projects are focusing on nutrition as a way to optimize their impact. Our work in Ethiopia exemplifies this.  

Norway puts small-scale agriculture at the center of its fight against hunger and poverty with increased funding to IFAD

Norway boosted its fight against hunger and poverty today by announcing a contribution of NOK140 million (US$14.7 million) to IFAD.

An alarm we can no longer ignore: IFAD’s reaction to IPCC’s latest report

The IPCC’s new report, “Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability”, underscores the urgency of climate change adaptation.

Norwegian Minister Tvinnereim and IFAD President Houngbo to visit Malawi in wake of storms to discuss climate resilience and hunger

With Malawian farmers still reeling from tropical storms that devastated crops and livelihoods in recent weeks, Norway’s Minister of International Development and the President of IFAD will visit the country to meet its leaders and small-scale farmers to discuss the impacts of climate change, and ways to build resilience.

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