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Experts and practitioners come together to improve nutrition outcomes in agricultural development in West and Central Africa
A regional knowledge and experience sharing workshop that addresses nutrition, rural development and food system transformation began today in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Improving food and nutrition security in West and Central Africa is crucial. It is estimated that 29.8% of the population of West Africa and 13.9% of the population of Central Africa are undernourished.
New UN report: 43.2 million people suffer from hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the region has higher levels of overweight and obesity than the global estimate
The Regional Overview 2023 indicates that, despite halting the upward trend in the last period, hunger levels in the region remain above the 2019 figures prior to the outbreak of COVID-19. In addition, 8.6% of children under five years of age are overweight.
Investing in a better future: West and Central Africa
West and Central Africa is as intricate as it is vast. We sat down with Regional Director, Bernard Mwinyel Hien, to better understand the region’s strengths and challenges.
Counting the cost of malnutrition - Episode 48
In this episode, we’re tackling malnutrition. In the spotlight we have an intriguing report on obesity in developing countries. Then we speak to IFAD's Lead Technical Specialist on Nutrition, Joyce Njoro, about the factors driving food inflation and its impact on access to healthy diets. Also in episode 48, Nadine Gbossa shares with us the key findings from this year's UN Food Systems Stocktaking Moment.
Why the Sustainable Development Goals matter: your questions answered
As countries meet to evaluate how much progress has been made towards the Sustainable Development Goals, find out more about these 17 objectives and why they’re important for the rural communities we work with.
We must do more to curb obesity and overweight in low- and middle-income countries
Overweight and obesity are on the rise in low- and middle-income countries. Here’s what we can do to help reverse this health crisis.
Five ways IFAD is making livestock more climate friendly
Countless rural people depend on livestock for livelihoods, nutrition and traditional ways of life. Supporting small-scale farmers to become even greener can strengthen food systems, preserve livelihoods and benefit our planet.
It’s time we treat the transformation of food systems like the emergency that it is
Our current food systems cannot keep up with the world’s growing population – as a result, millions face hunger. Now more than ever, countries must take action to transform how food gets from farm to plate.
UN Food Systems Summit +2 Stocktaking Moment
The fight against hunger has stalled according to the latest figures that the UN released last week, with 122 million more people suffering chronic malnourishment since 2019. The challenges to eradicate hunger and poverty are many. Yet, without financing for food systems transformation, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and climate targets will remain out of reach.
New analysis: Rising obesity rates in developing countries linked to high cost and limited availability of healthy foods
Steep price gaps between healthy and unhealthy foods, coupled with the unavailability of a variety of healthy foods, are driving rising obesity rates in both urban and rural areas of developing countries, according to a literature review released by IFAD.
As temperatures rise, so too does our need for diverse crops
Drought is the number one cause of agricultural production loss. This is why IFAD supports small-scale farmers as they grow crops that are resilient, but often neglected.
Agricultural programmes are key to food security and dietary diversity
Agricultural programmes are key to food security and dietary diversity in rural areas, we must continue investing in them.
New Zealand contributes US$3.57 million to IFAD to enhance resilience of Pacific island communities through climate smart agriculture
IFAD and the Government of New Zealand signed a NZD 5.75 million (USD 3.57 million) agreement to support Pacific communities to ensure sustainable access to water and healthy diets.
122 million more people pushed into hunger since 2019 due to multiple crises, reveals UN report
Over 122 million more people are facing hunger in the world since 2019 due to the pandemic and repeated weather shocks and conflicts, including the war in Ukraine, according to the latest State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) report published today jointly by five United Nations specialized agencies.
Zero Hunger: Are we on track to achieve it by 2030?
The SOFI 2023 report reveals that many people are still going hungry, with the world’s most vulnerable regions and people worst affected. We explore what is causing hunger today and how we can make real change, now.
From the field to our plates, rural people are transforming food systems
Our food systems need to change. Around the world, small-scale farmers, fishers and rural producers are already leading the transformation – here’s how.
EIB and IFAD deepen collaboration to strengthen food security, climate adaption and expedite project implementation
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and IFAD have today penned two agreements to further strengthen their cooperation in low- and middle-income countries worldwide, with a particular focus on Africa.