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Joint visit of Heads of UN Rome-Based Agencies to Ethiopia
In September 2017, the heads of the UN food agencies - FAO, IFAD and WFP - travelled together to Ethiopia to assess how to work closer together to eradicate hunger and poverty. With visits to the drought-hit Somali region and the more developed Tigray region, they examined how to narrow the gap between humanitarian and development investments to ensure people are more resilient to droughts and other climate shocks.
African small-scale farmers carve a giant message for world leaders in the very soil they farm
African farmers from a remote village in northern Zambia have teamed up with the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to send a giant message to world leaders gathering in New York this week – invest more in agriculture if you want to end poverty and hunger by 2030.
UN agency IFAD and Mars Incorporated commit to working together to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in developing countries
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Mars Incorporated signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today to work to increase incomes and economic opportunities for thousands of smallholder farmers in developing countries.
IFAD President appointed Chair of UN-Water
Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), has been appointed the new Chair of UN-Water by the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres. UN-Water is the UN’s coordination mechanism on water and sanitation.
Heifer International and UN’s IFAD strengthen partnership to build resilience of rural people
Heifer International and the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) have agreed to seek opportunities to collaborate on market-driven development, climate-smart agriculture, access to finance and several other areas involving smallholder farmers.
Investing in rural development matters more than ever
Global hunger is on the rise again after steadily declining for over a decade, according to the latest report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World.
IFAD invests $75 million to help mitigate drought in Andhra Pradesh
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of India have signed an agreement today to improve incomes and strengthen drought resilience for 165,000 farming households in the five driest districts in Andhra Pradesh.
IFAD and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia explore an enhanced partnership
Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the United Nations' International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), met last week with a high-level Saudi delegation led by His Excellency Ahmed bin Saleh bin Ayada Al Khomshi, Undersecretary for Agriculture, in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture.
New IFAD-supported project to increase employment and incomes of poor and vulnerable people in Ecuador
Increasing incomes and creating employment opportunities in some of Ecuador’s poorest rural communities is the focus of a project being financed under a new agreement between the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and the Republic of Ecuador.
Hunger crises will escalate unless we invest more in addressing root causes, say UN food agency chiefs on visit to drought-hit Ethiopia
Speaking at the conclusion of a four-day visit to Ethiopia, including to the drought-stricken Somali region, the heads of the United Nations food agencies made a joint call for greater investment in long-term activities that strengthen people’s resilience to drought and the impacts of climate shocks.
IFAD and Iraq invest in new partnership to revitalise smallholder agriculture
n an important step toward financing its first post-war agricultural investment project in Iraq, the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) met with a high-level Iraqi delegation in Rome last week. The project will target 20,000 rural households in the poorest southern governorates of Missan, Thi Qar, Qadissiyah and Muthana.
New research finds the potential of waste reuse for small farmers worldwide
New research shows how food, agro-industrial and human waste can support food security and sustainability around the world.
UN Food Agencies’ chiefs to visit drought-hit Ethiopia
The heads of the three UN food agencies will visit Ethiopia to highlight the critical food and nutrition security situation. Consecutive climate shocks have resulted in back-to-back droughts, which have caused hunger to soar and malnutrition rates to rise to alarming levels. The agency chiefs will discuss how best to strengthen their support to the Government and its systems so that Ethiopia can continue meeting its development goals while simultaneously addressing humanitarian challenges along the way.
IFAD and India to discuss shared rural poverty alleviation efforts
Officials of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are in New Delhi this week to discuss how to best support India’s efforts to alleviate rural poverty, achieve national development objectives and contribute to the 2030 Agenda for development.
Better feed for cows benefits dairy farmers in India and Tanzania
Innovative strategies increase milk production and boost small farmers’ food security and livelihoods.
IFAD President to discuss South-South cooperation and rural poverty alleviation with Chinese officials
Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the United Nations' International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), will meet with Chinese officials 26 to 30 August to discuss rural development projects in China, South-South cooperation, and a renewed partnership to alleviate rural poverty in developing countries.
IFAD President and the Finnish Foreign Affairs and Finance Ministries to discuss long-term investments in agriculture as key to ending severe hunger
The President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Gilbert F. Houngbo, will travel to Finland this week to meet with officials at the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Finance to discuss their shared commitment to support the poorest and most marginalized people in the world
IFAD President and Swedish State Secretary to discuss how climate-smart agriculture and rural development can foster resilience
Gilbert F. Houngbo, the President of the United Nations' International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), will meet with high-level government officials in Sweden this week to discuss climate change initiatives in support of the poorest and most marginalized people in the world.