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Why COP26 matters for the world’s rural dwellers: A conversation with Jo Puri

In early November, top experts from around the world will meet in Glasgow for COP26, the biggest climate change conference since the Paris Accords. We caught up with climate scientist and IFAD Associate Vice-President Dr Jo Puri to ask her what COP26 is all about and what she hopes will emerge from it.

High-level UN delegation to visit farmers and review progress of rural development projects in Egypt

A high-level delegation of Executive Board members and senior staff of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) began an official one-week visit to Egypt today, to observe the impact of IFAD's investments in the country.

The challenges and opportunities of investing in small-scale irrigation

Many countries in the Arab world rely on irrigation for their agricultural production. However, large-scale irrigation schemes have historically been difficult to manage. Small-scale schemes, when planned well from the outset, can be the solution.

High-level UN delegation to visit Egypt next week

A high-level delegation of IFAD's Executive Board members and IFAD senior staff will begin a five-day working visit to Egypt from 23rd to 28th of October and will meet with high level Government Officials and travel to IFAD-supported projects in the country to see progress and meet with community members and rural farmers.

Women are protagonists of change in Nicaragua’s rural areas

One after another, women who received support from the NICAVIDA project, repeat like a mantra: “I’m a protagonist”.

Ahead of global climate talks, public development banks join forces to boost investments in sustainable food systems

Responding to an urgent call to increase financing for the world’s poorest farmers who are hardest hit by climate change, a group of Public Development Banks (PDBs) stepped up their commitment to accelerate green investments in agriculture during today’s Finance in Common Summit.

Finance as a driver of food systems transformation: A new role for Public Development Banks?

One major obstacle to realizing sustainable and inclusive food systems is a lack of sufficient and appropriate financing. Recent estimates suggest that transforming food systems to deliver healthy people, a healthy planet, and a healthy economy will require an extra US$300 – US$350 billion per year for the next decade.

Leading from the front - How rural women across South Asia are inspiring their communities

From the fields they sow to the harvest they reap and the cattle they raise – women are the backbone of farming in South Asia. Yet, their contributions often remain invisible, and they are denied access to resources and a voice in decisions.

Invest in gender equality to reduce climate change impacts on world’s poorest, says IFAD President on the International Day of Rural Women

We need a significant boost in investments to close the gender gap otherwise rural communities will never bounce back from the impacts of climate change, warned Gilbert F. Houngbo, the President of IFAD, on the International Day of Rural Women.

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