On the UN’s 75th anniversary, IFAD joins the call for greater global cooperation and solidarity

September 2020 - STORY
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, an organization whose commitment is to bring nations together to preserve peace and security and improve lives. IFAD is symbolic of that commitment.

Behind the scenes of an IFAD project: Your top questions answered

September 2020 - STORY

There’s a lot of careful and detailed work that goes on in support of what IFAD does for the poor people living in some of the world’s most rural areas, and you’ve been asking about it!

Seeds to riches: The story of a 29-year-old millionaire

September 2020 - STORY
Sumaka Japhet is a young rice seed cultivator and agricultural entrepreneur. We had heard of his success and local fame as a millionaire – and during one of our field visits, we travelled a long and bumpy road to meet him.

Reaping the rewards: Infrastructure brings opportunities for rural Chinese livestock farmers

August 2020 - STORY
The villages of Naihe and Zhaowa, nestled in the hilly Liupanshan area of China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, are surrounded by world-famous rugged beauty. 

Holding on: IFAD-supported programme sustains assets – and rural livelihoods

August 2020 - STORY

The restrictions put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Pakistan were designed to keep the population safe and healthy, but have spelled severe losses for many rural businesses.

Nepali youth prepare for their dream jobs with IFAD-supported courses

August 2020 - STORY

Ranjana Chaudhary’s story sounds like the stories of many thousands, if not millions, of young people in Nepal.

Shining the development spotlight on youth

August 2020 - STORY
As a result of the pandemic, the equivalent of 400 million full-time jobs have already been lost worldwide, and a further 71 million to 100 million people could consequently be pushed into extreme poverty.

Indigenous youth in agriculture during COVID-19

August 2020 - STORY
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many people to re-examine everything: their priorities, their jobs, even their roles in society.

Smartphones keep track of IFAD projects’ achievements and challenges in Brazil during COVID-19

July 2020 - STORY
For all the chaos they bring, crises also have a way of giving birth to unexpected opportunities. One way they do this is by urging people to develop new tools to help them resist disaster. 

Free-range chicken farming a success in remote Viet Nam

July 2020 - STORY
At first, when Nguyen Thi Bich decided to try her hand at highland chicken farming, she didn’t quite know what to expect.

Member State delegates welcome Special Envoys in support of IFAD’s Twelfth Replenishment

July 2020 - STORY
IFAD’s Twelfth Replenishment (IFAD12) comes at a critical juncture. Hunger is on the rise across the globe, and progress against poverty has come to a standstill. 

Annual Report 2019 reaffirms the importance of IFAD’s investments in challenging times

July 2020 - STORY
In 2020, the world is seeing once again that when crisis strikes, it is the poorest and most vulnerable people who suffer the most. 

From project participant to project staff: Priscilla Torres’s story of growth

July 2020 - STORY
Although you won’t find the little village of Wowetta on any Internet map, it’s the centre of the universe for Priscilla Torres, a 37-year-old Wapishana woman. A very active and outspoken mother of three, Priscilla is a true community leader.

Social media helps young rural Kenyan entrepreneurs battle the COVID-19 shutdown

July 2020 - STORY

Until COVID-19 hit in March, the G-Star Youth Group’s banana processing factory was buzzing with activity.

The importance of data management for pastoral communities

July 2020 - STORY
Globally, between 200 and 500 million pastoralists manage rangelands that cover over a third of the Earth’s landmass. 

Indigenous knowledge – and resilience – in a COVID-19 world

July 2020 - STORY
It is increasingly clear that human health and our relationship with nature are inescapably intertwined. This holds true across many dimensions of health, including the potential for the transmission of disease – just as we are seeing with the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

The red gold of Azilal: How thyme and saffron empower women in Morocco's High Atlas

July 2020 - STORY
Fatima Amaguar came home from university with an idea. 

One small step: Empowering micro-, small and medium businesses across South Asia

July 2020 - STORY
It is something of a paradox that, while there is broad agreement that micro-, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are an integral part of the economy in developing countries, they remain underserved.

Get sick or go hungry: Afghan nomads battle against COVID-19

June 2020 - STORY
Since COVID-19 hit Afghanistan in mid-March, it has posed a dreadful dilemma for the Kuchis (Afghan nomads): get sick or go hungry.

Looking inward: I-Kiribati fight a double health crisis

June 2020 - STORY
COVID-19 is not the only health crisis threatening to devastate the population of Kiribati. Cases of diet-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have tripled between 2005 and 2010. 

From La Paz to Turco: Going back to the roots to start a new life

June 2020 - STORY
Guadalupe Moller lives in Turco, a small community in rural western Bolivia. She’d spent most of her life in La Paz, Bolivia’s capital, but four years ago she moved back to Turco, where her family’s roots are.

Anka’s story: Working smarter – and fairer – in Montenegro

June 2020 - STORY
For all its rugged, mountainous beauty, Montenegro can be a very hard place to live – especially for women.

Keeping exports flowing: Saving development gains in Rwanda

June 2020 - STORY
When exports of dried pineapple resumed at the beginning of May, after the lockdown, Jean Damascène Hakuzimana, President of the Tuzamurane farmers’ cooperative, was relieved.

On tap: How regular water supply helped farmers discover a green thumb in Bhutan

June 2020 - STORY

Despite the lush greenery that surrounds Ngarpongtang village in Thangrong, Bhutan, until recently, it was impossible to grow vegetables there. “I used to have to go to other villages to exchange pinewood for vegetables,” says Wangdi, a 54-year-old farmer. “We couldn’t get vegetables to grow here.”

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