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Improving livelihoods of women in south west Ethiopia

January 2019
Gendo Gembela Tsire is a women’s group in Chencha district, Ethiopia who are demonstrating the process of making kocho (to make traditional flatbread) and bula (a flour blend prepared as a porridge) from the enset crop.

Hitting the right notes – Midori raises awareness of rural women through music

January 2019
World-renowned violinist and United Nations Messenger of Peace, Midori, travelled to Viet Nam to meet with and perform for villagers in a remote and poverty-stricken community to raise awareness of the challenges faced by rural women.

The sweet smell of success in Myanmar

November 2018
As part of the FARM project, local facilities called Knowledge Centres are being established at the community level in several villages in Myanmar.

Wetlands are disappearing three times faster than forests

October 2018
Wetlands cover around 4-6 per cent of the world’s surface – and are exactly as they sound - areas flooded with water. They contribute to climate regulation and support ecosystems and biodiversity.

The miracle of beekeeping

May 2018
Beekeeping can be an essential lifeline for smallholders and subsistence farmers in rural areas to generate income. Bees are well known for honey production, but they also provide other marketable products, such as pollen, propolis, royal jelly, venom, queens and their larvae.

Increasing the production of traditional crops in Brazil

February 2017
A better life will soon be a reality for Adriana Pantaleón dos Santos, a 19-year-old from the Kirirí indigenous community of Marcação, Brazil. Since she started to work at the cassava processing unit, she is now able to save extra money so that she can study Medicine at the Federal University of Bahia, in Salvador.

Waiting for the rain

May 2016
Kirehe, 27 April - In Rwanda, small farmers are being hit by a number of climate shocks including floods, droughts, intense rainfall and high winds.

Ten things to know about rural youth in West and Central Africa

April 2016
West and Central Africa is a youthful region. The African Union defines youth from 15-35 years old, forming over 35% of total population. By 2020, it is projected that 3 out of 4 people, will be on average 20 years old. (African Union).

Ten things to know about rural youth in Latin America and the Caribbean

April 2016
The population of Latin America and the Caribbean is more than 600 million and approximately 52% of the entire population is under 29 years old. The 15-29 years old constitute 25% of the population. (ECLAC, 2015)

Naan bread empowers ethnic minority women in China

March 2016
15 October, 2015 - IFAD has been working with women of the Uygur people in a mountainous region of China to enable them to earn an income from their daily bread production. Naan bread is a staple in the local diet and is traditionally baked by the female members of the household.

Gender equality in Near East, North Africa, Europe and Central Asia

February 2016
Work in agriculture is an important form of female employment, but with large variations across the region. In Georgia and Morocco, women in agriculture account for almost 60 per cent of the total female workforce. In Jordan, they amount to only 4 per cent.

Household mentoring in Uganda

February 2016
When it comes to bringing about change in the most disadvantaged households, development projects are often at a loss. Extreme poverty, illiteracy and lack of self-esteem isolate people and make them difficult to reach through the usual channels.

Spotlight on climate and environment: Near East and North Africa

January 2016
The Spotlight on Environment and Climate page looks at the specific climate vulnerabilities faced by smallholder farmers, focusing on a different region

Spotlight on climate and environment: Asia and Pacific

June 2015
Asia is already experiencing the impacts of climate change that are as diverse as the continent itself. From rising average temperatures that threaten the viability of crops, to sea level rise and salinity intrusion in coastal areas, to more intense droughts and floods.

Spotlight on climate and environment: Latin America and the Caribbean

June 2015
Although Latin America bears little historical responsibility for climate change, many of the current climate change studies indicate that the frequency of extreme weather events will increase in the future.

Ten things to know about rural youth

March 2015
The global population of young people aged 15 to 24 is more than 1.2 billion. Their numbers are declining in developed regions but increasing in the developing world. (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, 2013)

Ten things to know about gender equality and rural poverty

December 2014
Over 70% of the world’s poor people live in rural areas and most rural women and men rely on agriculture. But rural women generally have more limited access than men to inputs, services, rural organisations, productive infrastructure and technologies.

Ten things to know about gender equality and rural poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean

December 2014
In Latin America and the Caribbean, women in formal employment are less likely to work in the agricultural sector than in other developing regions. In 2010, females comprised just over 20 per cent of those who were economically active in agriculture.

Ten things to know about gender equality and rural poverty in East and Southern Africa

December 2014
In sub-Saharan Africa, women in employment are more likely to be employed in agriculture than in any other sector. The female share of those who are economically active in agriculture is 51 per cent for Eastern Africa and 42 per cent for Southern Africa.

10 things to know about gender and rural poverty

February 2014
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