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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.

Indigenous Peoples in the Farming Front Seat - Episode 5

In IFAD's Podcast Episode 5, we’re focusing on indigenous peoples and the challenges they face when it comes to agriculture.

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.

The potential impact of COVID-19 on SDG 2 (food security) – in China and globally

Last week’s OECD Interim Economic Outlook confirmed, as predictable, that the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on China’s and the rest of the world’s economy is going to be extremely severe.

Recipes for Change: Dhindo – corn flour purée with nettle leaf curry and pickled tomatoes – Nepal

Climate change is contributing to increasing temperatures and droughts in Nepal, where corn and tomatoes are a staple food.

Scaling-out gender transformation for climate change

Development approaches must address structural barriers and power imbalances for women and other marginalized groups to adapt to climate change.

Djibouti’s “mother counsellors” are agents of change

They guide women through all the steps of caring for a child – from conception and pregnancy to birth and the critical first years of a child’s life. Although this description might call to mind doctors, nurses or specialised health workers, it also includes another category of care provider that must not be overlooked – mother counsellors.

Rethinking government support to farmers

It is becoming increasingly clear that the ways in which we produce, market and consume food need to be reconciled with environmental, economic and social sustainability.

India - economic and social empowerment for one million women

Ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March, IFAD has highlighted the role community organizations have played in empowering one million women to fully participate in economic, political and social life in the western Indian state of Maharashtra.

Securing sustainable food systems hinges on gender equality

The three United Nations' Rome-based agencies dedicated to food and agriculture called today for bolder action to achieve gender equality and empower women and girls in the agricultural sector and beyond.

Senegal: Focusing on Ability

Djenalib Ba and Daba Diom are Persons with a Disability. Training received from IFAD-supported projects in rural areas of Senegal made them able to feed their families and send their children to school.

The faces of empowerment

Rural women are key agents in the effort to achieve the economic, environmental and social transformations required for sustainable development. Ensuring their empowerment is crucial not only to their own well-being, but that of their families and communities.

El FIDA invita a los jóvenes de América Latina y el Caribe a postular al Premio a la Innovación Juvenil Rural

El FIDA ha lanzado el Premio a la Innovación Juvenil Rural el cual busca impulsar y fortalecer las capacidades de los jóvenes rurales de América Latina y el Caribe y promover las oportunidades generadas por jóvenes que ya están cambiando el mundo rural en la región.

Handle with care: Vulnerability, the human face of state fragility

Vulnerability and fragility might not be perfect synonyms, but they share a very similar meaning. Both words refer to something breakable, delicate and frail – something that needs to be handled with care.

Fighting against COVID-19: the importance of building long-term resilience in rural communities

Two months have passed since the beginning of the new coronavirus outbreak in Hubei, China. It seems an appropriate time to reflect on the impact of COVID-19 on rural communities in China, and on the importance of investing in rural people in order to build long-term resilience to shocks.

Guinea-Bissau and IFAD partner to build farmers’ resilience to climate change

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) today announced support for a new project in Guinea-Bissau to reduce poverty, increase productivity and incomes, improve food and nutrition security and build the resilience of at least 287,000 small-scale farmers in the face of climate change.

President Xi Jinping of China thanks IFAD, FAO and WFP for their support during COVID-19 outbreak

President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China has expressed his thanks to IFAD, FAO and WFP in response to their pledge of support to his country as they face the COVID-19 outbreak.

Building for biodiversity: How one fence saved Kenyan farmers, crops – and wildlife

We often think of elephants as gentle giants. Beloved by nature enthusiasts the world over, they are an iconic presence in the forests and grasslands of Africa and Asia. They are also a keystone species, indispensable for maintaining the biodiversity of the ecosystems in which they live.

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