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Only targeted policies focused on rural people will eliminate poverty in South Africa, says IFAD report

You are cordially invited to attend the presentation of the Rural Development Report 2016: Fostering inclusive Rural Transformation

Mozambique and United Nations agency to discuss ways of reducing rural poverty

Media are invited to attend a national workshop to hear conclusions from an independent evaluation of the IFAD-supported country strategy and programme in Mozambique. The evaluation, conducted by IFAD's Independent Office of Evaluation, included six rural development projects implemented between 2010 and 2016 and amounting to an investment of US$237 million.

Development should consider indigenous cultures and their relationship to the earth, says Pope Francis in meeting with delegation from IFAD

In a private meeting with indigenous peoples’ representatives, Pope Francis stressed the need to reconcile development, both social and cultural, with the protection of indigenous peoples and their territories, "especially when planning economic activities that may interfere with their cultures and their ancestral relationship to the earth," he said.

No ocean wide enough, no fence high enough to keep out desperate people, says IFAD President at opening of Rome conference

Rome, 14 February 2017 – Describing rural development as a “moral obligation,” Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), made his final appeal to governments on behalf of poor rural people across the globe at today’s opening of IFAD’s 40th Governing Council.

Former Prime Minister of Togo to head United Nations rural poverty agency

Rome, 14 February 2017 – Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, former Prime Minister of Togo, has been appointed as the sixth President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized United Nations agency and international financial institution that invests in eradicating rural poverty in developing countries around the world.

Climate-smart agricultural research center to partner with UN’s rural investment agency to increase food security in rural areas

Rome, 13 February 2017 – A statement of intent between the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) promises to boost resilience to climate change and improve the livelihoods of thousands of smallholder farmers around the world.

IFAD and Indonesia sign historic financial agreement to improve food security for smallholder farmers

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Indonesia signed a financial agreement today to fund a rural development project that will greatly improve access to water for irrigation and consequently improve food security, incomes and livelihoods for up to 24 million smallholder farmers. This is the largest project that IFAD has ever contributed to in its 40 years of operation.

Member States to appoint new IFAD President

Member states of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will gather next week to appoint the Fund’s new President.

Increasing the production of traditional crops in Brazil

A better life will soon be a reality for Adriana Pantaleón dos Santos, a 19-year-old from the Kirirí indigenous community of Marcação, Brazil. Since she started to work at the cassava processing unit, she is now able to save extra money so that she can study Medicine at the Federal University of Bahia, in Salvador.

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