Upholding cultural traditions in Tonga
An old Tongan proverb says that a successful village lives together, works together, and helps one another. This is especially true for handicrafts, an integral part of traditional Tongan culture.
Fai fatongia: One island’s path to food security, COVID mitigation and climate resilience
In the Kingdom of Tonga, fai fatongia rules the day. Under this principle, which translates to “fulfilling one’s responsibility,” Tongans traditionally put the collective good first and their individual needs second.
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.
Women as changemakers for nutrition in the hills of Lao PDR
The rural uplands of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic are home to generations of proud family farmers who depend on small-scale agriculture, with many still using traditional farming techniques.
Youth leaders working towards transformative rural development
From climate action groups to political institutions, youth are taking on leading roles and bringing new perspectives into the table – showing they are not only the future, but also the present.
Back to the Roots: Innovating with sustainable gastronomy
What comes to mind when you hear the words “sustainable gastronomy”? Some of us focus just on the cuisine and think about delicious – and perhaps costly – dishes.
Photo contest shows how Latin American and Caribbean rural youth see their own lives
It’s not often that we have the opportunity to see how rural people see themselves. International organizations like ours tell their stories armed with cameras, notebooks and laptops – and, of course, our own point of view, which is important to compare with theirs.
Ensuring environmental sustainability and building resilience to climate change
Extreme weather events, such as droughts, storms and floods, are putting pressure on the ecosystems that farmers depend on, as are gradual processes such as rising sea levels and melting glaciers.
The making of a turning point: A rural Chinese women’s cooperative joins the COVID-19 fight
In 2016, the IFAD-funded YARIP project had partnered with the Qujing Zhanyi District Women’s Federation to transform traditional embroidery art into a new source of income and employment. Qujing, located in the ethnically diverse Yunnan province, is home to the Yi, an ethnic group with a population of about 300,000.
Teach me how to fish and I will transform my life – and my community
Along the coastline of Mozambique, fishing boats dot the clear blue waters. For the people on these boats, their daily excursions are their livelihood – in more ways than one.