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With farmers on the climate frontline

Recipes for Change is a series of recipes from developing countries that bring you a taste of someone else's life. It gives you the chance to cook the same meals as the Hong family in the Mekong Delta or Olive Bibutsuwahoze and her family in eastern Rwanda.

These recipes also examine the threats that climate change brings to rural communities, many of which affect the essential ingredients used in these families' main meal of the day. They show you how IFAD is working with farmers to adapt to the very real impacts of climate change in their communities.

Did you know?

  • One in three people are dependent on smallholder farms for their food security.
  • Smallholder farmers are often located on marginal lands where the impacts of climate change are more strongly felt, often reducing crop yields and incomes.
  • Small-scale farmers must adapt to the impacts of climate change without delay.
  • Adaptation to climate change can increase smallholders' food security and income.


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Our recipes

Chef Bela Gil’s pesto-millet balls: A lockdown-friendly recipe

May 2020 - STORY

We’ve been asking our Recipes for Change chefs to tell us how they are adapting to life during the coronavirus pandemic – and to share a delicious recipe that can be made with basic cupboard ingredients.

Recipes for Change: Chef Lance Seeto’s homemade chicken, ginger and greens soup

April 2020 - STORY
IFAD’s Recipes for Change chefs are adjusting to life in a world contending with COVID-19 – and as a part of that, they’re sharing some excellent recipes that you can make with ingredients you’ve already got in your home cupboard.

Recipes for Change: India, Chilka Roti - Rice and Millet Crêpes

April 2020 - STORY
The state of Jharkhand, in eastern India, faces high rates of child malnourishment and mortality. As a rainfed region, it is also highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

Our videos

Thank you, “cocoa doctors”

July 2020 - VIDEO

Chocolate comes in many different forms and varieties, but it always needs one vital ingredient: cocoa. But a decade ago, it was predicted that, by 2020, the world would have a cocoa shortfall of one million tonnes a year.

Recipes for Change: Moringa Leaves with Coconut from Sri Lanka

December 2019 - VIDEO
In this episode of Recipes for Change, Italian celebrity chef Rubio is in Sri Lanka to learn about moringa, a drought-resilient superfood that is helping rural households cope with the effects of climate change, increase their incomes, and improve their nutrition.

Recipes for Change: Ema Datshi & Millet Momos from Bhutan

December 2019 - VIDEO
In this episode of Recipes for Change, Italian celebrity chef, Carlo Cracco, is in Bhutan to find out how farmers are rediscovering traditional crops that can help them mitigate the impact that climate change is having on their staple cultivations.