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Rural Youth Innovation Award honours youth leaders fighting COVID-19

August 2021
IFAD believes in the tremendous innovative capacity of rural youth – and we take seriously our responsibility to support young people in their constant search for change and innovation. That’s why this year’s Rural Youth Innovation Award in Latin America and the Caribbean, a project financed by the China-IFAD SSTC Facility, focused on initiatives led by young people fighting the pandemic.

Creating smoke-free kitchens in Nepal through Indigenous community empowerment

August 2021
EcoHimal Nepal is a national non-government organization that works with rural mountain communities. They developed a project with NELHOS, another local organization funded by IFAD, in Rukuma and Chepuwa villages of Bhotkhola Rural municipality to develop ‘’smoke-free kitchens’’.

Upholding cultural traditions in Tonga

March 2021
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

January 2021
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

October 2020
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

August 2020
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

August 2020
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

June 2020
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.

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