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Why smallholders are key in an urbanizing world

The divide between rural and urban areas is smaller than ever before.

Independent evaluation shows that IFAD's support to Peru has achieved significant impacts in reducing poverty in rural areas

The Independent Evaluation Office (IOE) of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has evaluated six IFAD-supported projects implemented between 2006 and 2016 in Sierra Sur, Sierra Norte, Selva Alta and the area of Apurímac and Mantaro rivers – some of the poorest and most remote rural areas in the country.

13-14 February 2018: International leaders gather for IFAD’s annual meeting

The 41st session of the annual Governing Council meeting of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will feature international personalities and heads-of-state who will discuss how investing in sustainable rural livelihoods is central to peacebuilding, state-building and social stability around the world.

IFAD-supported programme for the rural poor in Cameroon shows promising results with room for improvement

The development projects supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Cameroon aim at increasing opportunities for the rural poor to engage in sustainable and remunerative activities both on the farm and off.

Former German development executive joins United Nations agency, IFAD, as Vice-President

Cornelia Richter, a German national and former Managing Director and member of the Executive Committee of the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), joined the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) today as Vice-President.

Presentation of the results of the first evaluation of the activities and investments of the International Fund for Agricultural Development in Peru

The Peruvian government and IFAD are presenting an analysis of the achievements in their fight against rural poverty and the challenges that lie ahead in the country.

IFAD and Indonesia invest US$55 million to sustainably improve smallholder farmers` incomes and livelihoods

he International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Indonesia signed a financing agreement earlier this month to sustainably improve incomes and livelihoods and improve nutrition for 67,400 rural smallholder farming households in 18 districts in Sulawesi Island, West Kalimantan and East Nusa Tenggara.

IFAD and India invest US$168 million to increase farming incomes for tribal households in Mizoram and Nagaland States

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and India have signed a financing agreement to sustainably improve incomes and food and nutrition security for 201,500 rural highland farming households in tribal villages in 12 districts located in Mizoram and Nagaland States.

Ground-breaking research helps make insurance available to smallholder farmers

Farming is an uncertain and risky business, especially for poor smallholders in remote areas of developing countries. However, a new study shows how data gathered by satellite could help poor farmers manage their risks more effectively through index insurance.

Independent evaluation shows IFAD-supported programme in Cambodia helped smallholders to increase and diversify agricultural production

Development projects supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have contributed to increasing incomes and assets in parts of rural Cambodia, according to the findings of a new evaluation report presented today in Phnom Penh.

Remember the world’s poorest and most marginalized

As an unprecedented number of government and business leaders gather at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos today to improve international collaboration in a 'fragmented world', the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) issued an urgent call to remember the world's poorest and most marginalized people.

UN food and agriculture agencies present key findings and recommendations of country strategy and programme evaluations in Cameroon

The evaluation offices of the three UN agencies based in Rome – the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the World Food Programme (WFP) – are organizing a joint national workshop to discuss the findings and recommendations of their respective country strategy and programme evaluations with the Government and other key partners in Cameroon.

Cambodia and IFAD to discuss strategy to improve rural livelihoods in the country

Media are invited to attend a national workshop that will present results of an independent evaluation of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)’s rural development work in Cambodia.

Bangladesh: Breaking down barriers

Traditionally relegated to house chores, most rural women of Bangladesh have had very little access to economic activities outside their homes and they are often the poorest and most marginalized members of their communities.

The link between poverty and migration tops discussion between UN agency President and Pope Francis

Just days after renewing his plea to respect the rights of migrants, Pope Francis will have a private meeting with Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) during which it is expected they will discuss the importance of investing in rural development to create opportunities for some of the poorest people in the world.

Indigenous crops bring climate solutions for farmers in Brazil's Caatinga – IFAD and Slow Food take the lead

Longer dry seasons and unpredictable rainfall are having a serious impact on the farming communities in the semi-arid zone, or Caatinga biome, in the state of Bahia in north-eastern Brazil.

IFAD announces second phase of its flagship climate change adaptation fund

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is pleased to announce the second phase of the Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP), the largest global financing source dedicated to supporting the adaptation of poor smallholder farmers to climate change.

How avocados are making a difference in the Dominican Republic

Marielena and Julio come from the town of San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic, where a small green fruit – the avocado – has changing their lives and that of their community.

In the pursuit of a better life

Pathe Ndiaye, 26, stands in the middle of an onion field in Kaolack, Senegal and succinctly sums up why he returned to his rural home after spending years in the city. “Life is better here.”

New IFAD grant supports efforts to help indigenous peoples find their own development path

The Executive Board of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has recently approved a US$3 million grant in support of indigenous peoples' communities in developing countries for the period 2017-2020.

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