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Supporting Cambodian farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic

Cambodia has made remarkable progress and achieved lower-middle-income status - but the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to strain the entire economy.

IFAD helps shape Bangladesh’s response to the coronavirus crisis in rural areas

An IFAD team in Bangladesh provided a proposal to the Government for a certified safe transport and logistics system for movement of inputs and produce in rural areas.

COVID-19: An opportunity for the road not taken?

Amidst the suffering and economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 emergency, one silver lining has emerged: an interruption to the greenhouse gas emissions and environmental degradation stemming from human activity.

Re-imagining our economic choices

The COVID-19 pandemic will reshape all our economic choices. Nations have made a crucial choice in recent weeks, choosing human life over economic growth.

Recipes for Change: India, Chilka Roti - Rice and Millet Crêpes

The state of Jharkhand, in eastern India, faces high rates of child malnourishment and mortality. As a rainfed region, it is also highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

IFAD-funded water system helps Kenyan students stay safe

Last month, we brought you the story of the Mukurwe-ini Technical Training Institute, a school in Kenya’s Nyeri county whose new roof water harvesting system was improving the lives of the students, staff and nearby residents. In recent days, with Kenya now affected by COVID-19, we reached out to Patrick Muchemi, principal of the Institute.

Shaping a holistic response to COVID-19: Protecting food systems and rural producers

It is easy to lose sight of the big picture when called upon to act quickly in response to the human tragedy caused by COVID-19.

Driving AgriTech adoption: Insights from Southeast Asia’s farmers

By leveraging the tools that internet marketing companies have already honed to reach consumers, governments can deliver quality agronomy advice at scale.

Recipes for Change: Chef Pierre Thiam shares a lockdown-friendly vegan chilli recipe

IFAD’s Recipes for Change chefs are carrying on with life under lockdown by sharing some excellent recipes that you can make with ingredients you’ve already got in your home cupboard. Senegalese Chef Pierre Thiam joins us from his home in New York State with a delicious recipe for vegan chilli.

Solidarity and flexibility: IFAD-supported artisans produce masks and hairnets to fight coronavirus in Brazil

An organization of artisan women, facing a slowdown in their work due to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, has begun to make protective gear for local health care workers.

Six ways investing in rural communities makes people healthier

Malnutrition causes health problems and losses in economic productivity. Over the course of their lifetimes, malnourished individuals can earn 10 per cent less than those who are well-nourished.

Targeting at IFAD - Focusing efforts to create opportunities for rural poor people

To improve its contribution to the 2030 SDGs Agenda of eradicating poverty in all its forms and in line with the Leave No One Behind framework, IFAD has committed to improve its targeting performance.

Making sure rural communities won't be left behind in the response to COVID-19

Whenever crisis strikes, it is invariably the poor and the vulnerable who suffer most. In many cases, they are directly affected by crisis; in other cases, their lives are made harder by the economic consequences. Often it is both. We have seen this time and time again.

Don’t allow the coronavirus to open up another front

What started as a health crisis could turn into a food crisis unless we take measures now. Preventing a food crisis is key to maintaining the strength to fight back.

Recipes For Change: Chef Bowerman’s take on cooking from home under lockdown

As the world adjusts to life with COVID-19, we’re asking our Recipes for Change chefs to share some world-class recipes that you can make with ingredients you’ve already got in your home cupboard. Michelin-starred Chef Cristina Bowerman shares two simple and nutritious recipes involving chickpeas.

Changing lives in times of uncertainty: how innovative agriculture builds resilience

As countries prepare for the pandemic the mandate of a rural development organization may seem to some not particularly relevant to the current crisis.

Serving the rural poor in the time of physical distancing: Staying safe, well – and connected

It has been three weeks since COVID-19 has drastically altered the daily lives of IFAD staff headquartered in Rome and stationed around the world.

What we can do to support farmers on the front lines of climate change

Each of the world’s agricultural production systems had millennia to adapt to local climatic conditions, especially in terms of temperature and rainfall.

A future for students with water, vegetables and roses

In Kenya’s Nyeri county, sustainable water system technologies have substantially improved the lives of students, staff and surrounding communities and have opened up a brighter future for many.

Mali and IFAD develop a new strategic programme to meet the challenge of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in the face of climate change

The Government of Mali and IFAD held a workshop in Bamako on 5 March 2020 to prepare a new results-based country strategic opportunities programme (RB-COSOP) for the period 2020-2024.

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