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Equity investment in rural Armenia: A business model with a development impact
When is an equity investment fund more than just a money machine? When it focuses on development rather than quick riches. That's exactly what a unique IFAD project has been doing in Armenia since 2009, with investments in the country's food-processing sector designed to expand markets and improve the economic prospects of smallholder farmers. Known as the Fund for Rural Economic Development in Armenia (FREDA), the initiative combines elements of both development assistance and banking.
United Nations International Day for South-South Cooperation
IFAD for southern grown development solutions Rome, 19 December 2011 – While the financial crisis still casts a shadow over many countries, the benefits
South-South Cooperation a must to add momentum to poverty reduction efforts
China's development experience cited as prime example by IFAD Rome, 20 July 2011 – Pressing challenges, such as a changing climate and volatile food prices,
A Tanzanian Mother Teresa is born: Pauline Samata, the "bamboo saint"
The International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) estimates that approximately 1.5 billion people depend in some way or another on bamboo and rattan.
Bringing land plots together to increase agricultural productivity
Intensifiying agricultural production is one of the key objectives of the Rwandan government to reduce poverty and guarantee food security. The Crop Intensification Programme (CIP) was introduced in 2007 at the national level to increase agricultural productivity and reduce import of staple agricultural products such as rice.
The grass is greener: rehabilitating the Syrian Badia
After years of intensive grazing and severe drought, the Syrian steppe, or Badia, has become badly degraded. An IFAD-supported project is working with local communities to regenerate and manage the rangelands for long- term productivity. Rehabilitation has restored vegetation and helped reduce herders' vulnerability to drought and the effects of climate change.
Helping nomadic families prepare for a complex future in Mongolia
Mongolia’s punishing climate and short growing season limit the variety in people’s diets and require families to work hard during the brief summer.
Boosting knowledge and financial security in Peru
Increasing the knowledge and assets of poor families is an effective way to fight poverty. An innovative IFAD-supported project in the southern highlands of Peru provides grants directly to small producers and to farmers’ organizations so they can develop new income opportunities.