Idris and Sabrina Elba call for investments in rural agriculture to fight rising hunger

October 2020 - STORY
For Idris Elba, returning to Sierra Leone late last year was about two things: reconnecting with his roots and learning about the challenges facing the country where his father was born, so that he could become a better advocate for its people

“Cashroots” movement builds community resilience in the Solomon Islands

October 2020 - STORY
Simon Chottu works hard and plays hard. An events manager by trade, he’s spent the last few years hosting hip-hop parties and organizing music events and competitions across the South Pacific. 

Rural women: The key to building back better in a post-COVID world

October 2020 - STORY

In times of crisis, rural women are the key that holds families and rural communities together – and in times like these, they need our support more than ever.

Nourishing a sustainable cocoa trade

October 2020 - STORY

On a dusty side street in Auki, a seaside market town on the island of Malaita, Arania Enterprises is bustling.

IFAD-supported projects help women come back to the countryside

October 2020 - STORY
Life in the countryside isn’t always easy – especially for rural women, whose contributions and successes have only recently begun to receive the attention they deserve.

Taking back springtime: IFAD-supported project revitalizes irrigation in remote China

October 2020 - STORY
The return of spring to Santiaogou, a tiny village nestled high in China’s remote, mountainous Qinghai province, should have been idyllic.

Towards zero food waste in Indonesia’s fishing communities

September 2020 - STORY

Along Indonesia’s coastal communities, many small-scale fishers struggle to make a living. Indonesia is the world’s third largest producer of fish, but many of these communities have historically lacked access to the technology and resources they needed to preserve their catch until it reaches the markets, which are usually far from their rural coastal inlets.

Keeping food on the table and preventing food loss when business is not as usual

September 2020 - STORY
We are living in difficult times. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and all the fallout that has ensued, nothing is quite as easy as it was – unless, of course, you can do it from the comfort of your home, armed with a smartphone and a good internet connection. 

Rome-based agencies establish SSTC collaboration to benefit cassava production in the Congo

September 2020 - STORY
In dozens of homes across Bouenza, the volunteers gathered around their kitchen tables, ready to taste-test a new variety of flour.

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. 
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