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African Heads of State call on world leaders to increase investment in IFAD to end rural hunger and poverty

Ten African Heads of State have issued a strong call to other world leaders to increase their funding to IFAD or risk jeopardizing Sustainable Development Goal targets for eradicating poverty and hunger, particularly in Africa.

As FAO turns 75, its mission to end hunger and nourish the world is as relevant today as ever

Today, World Food Day marks the 75th anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Born on the wake of catastrophe - World War II, three-quarters of a century later, FAO's mission to end hunger and nourish the world has been made more relevant because of another global scourge - the COVID-19 pandemic, said QU Dongyu, FAO Director-General.

Idris and Sabrina Elba call for investments in rural agriculture to fight rising hunger

For Idris Elba, returning to Sierra Leone late last year was about two things: reconnecting with his roots and learning about the challenges facing the country where his father was born, so that he could become a better advocate for its people

Rural women in Latin America take control of food production – and their own development

All across Latin America, rural women are taking charge of their communities’ food production – and their own economic and personal development.

“Cashroots” movement builds community resilience in the Solomon Islands

Simon Chottu works hard and plays hard. An events manager by trade, he’s spent the last few years hosting hip-hop parties and organizing music events and competitions across the South Pacific.

Governments need to halt the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on rural women, says IFAD President on International Day of Rural Women

Our food supply is at risk if we don’t start prioritizing rural women during this pandemic, said Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of IFAD in a strong call to governments to increase their investments in rural women.

Consultation on IFAD’s Social, Environmental and Climate Assessment Procedures

IFAD is currently updating its Social, Environmental and Climate Assessment Procedures (SECAP) which was introduced in 2015 and last updated in 2017. This ongoing update of SECAP is not intended to be a comprehensive revision of the Procedures.

Rural women: The key to building back better in a post-COVID world

In times of crisis, rural women are the key that holds families and rural communities together – and in times like these, they need our support more than ever.

Dutch poverty fighter joins UN agency IFAD as global poverty rates rise

Meike van Ginneneken joins IFAD today as the new Associate Vice President of the Strategy and Knowledge Department.

Nourishing a sustainable cocoa trade in the Solomon Islands

On a dusty side street in Auki, a seaside market town on the island of Malaita, Arania Enterprises is bustling.

IFAD-supported projects help women come back to the countryside

La vida en las zonas rurales no siempre es fácil, especialmente para las mujeres, cuyas contribuciones y éxitos no han recibido la atención que merecen hasta hace bien poco.

Taking back springtime: IFAD-supported project revitalizes irrigation in remote China

The return of spring to Santiaogou, a tiny village nestled high in China’s remote, mountainous Qinghai province, should have been idyllic.

Disability in rural areas: A matter of perception

One billion people – 15 per cent of the world’s population – currently have a disability, and 80 per cent of them live in developing countries. People with disabilities, despite being “the world’s largest minority,” are often overlooked.

New rural finance programme to help millions of Ethiopian farmers build resilience in the face of climate change and COVID-19

Against the backdrop of the global impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, the Government of Ethiopia and IFAD have launched a new US$305.7 million programme to help the most vulnerable farmers increase their resilience.

Le FIDA et les États arabes examinent les moyens d’enrayer le repli de la sécurité alimentaire

Le FIDA organisera aujourd’hui une concertation en ligne avec les représentants de pays arabes pour examiner les moyens de mettre fin à la montée de l’insécurité alimentaire et de la pauvreté dans la région.

IFAD becomes first UN fund to receive a credit rating, providing a boost to the world’s poorest people

There is good news today for the world’s most vulnerable and marginalised rural communities, as IFAD receives its first public credit rating. This sets the stage for increased investments in food security, employment, and rural economic growth, and is an important step towards the achievement of the SDGs.

Opportunities for policy engagement in NEN and beyond

All too often, the path to sustainable development is blocked by outdated policies and legislation.

Nigeria: From Rice to Riches

On 1 October 2020, the UN marks 25 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action – a blueprint to advance women’s rights. But according to the Gender Equality report there’s still a long way to go.

Fighting food waste in China: Local efforts, global effects

Reflecting on the fundamental role that sustainable food production and consumption plays in promoting food security and sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems.

Results-based financing: A potential game-changer for IFAD's future operations

IFAD is always exploring new lending instruments to increase the number of potential financial solutions it can offer.

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