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Building for biodiversity: How one fence saved Kenyan farmers, crops – and wildlife

March 2020
We often think of elephants as gentle giants. Beloved by nature enthusiasts the world over, they are an iconic presence in the forests and grasslands of Africa and Asia. They are also a keystone species, indispensable for maintaining the biodiversity of the ecosystems in which they live.

Rwandan silkworm farmers weave links to global markets

March 2020
Forty-seven-year-old Rwandan farmer Pierre Kanyarwanda is enthusiastic. For the last five months, he has brought additional money home by applying his newly acquired skills in sericulture (silkworm rearing).

Could avocados save Nairobi's water?

February 2020
Esther Wandia is an avocado convert. Two years ago, the single mother of four decided to set up a tree nursery on her farm in Makomboki, in a hilly area north of Nairobi known for its tea production.

Cacao: How just one crop has boosted an entire country’s exports

February 2020
Once considered the world’s largest cacao exporter, Sao Tome and Principe had significantly scaled back its operations after gaining independence in 1975. But with IFAD's assistance, cacao – the key ingredient in chocolate, and a major cash crop – is making a comeback.

Beating back climate impacts in Bhutan

February 2020
Agriculture is the foundation of Bhutan’s economy, employing more than 70 per cent of the population. Bhutan has made huge progress overall in recent years in improving its people’s standards of living, though poverty rates remain high in the eastern part of the country.

Stronger together: The power of farmers’ organizations

February 2020
Working together makes it easier for small-scale farmers to access resources and reach larger markets – and when farmers thrive, other players in the food system benefit too.

Building women’s resilience and livelihoods

February 2020
Around the world today, women make up over half the people working in agriculture – as smallholders, market gardeners, wage labourers, unpaid workers on family farms – and that figure is on the rise.

Five ways bamboo can fight climate change

January 2020
With an estimated 30 million hectares throughout the tropics in Africa, Asia and the Americas, bamboo can provide a significant contribution to combatting climate change in the developing world, particularly in rural communities.

New tool improves the visibility of farmers and rural producers’ organizations

January 2020
Grassroots and international farmers’ and rural producers’ organizations play an invaluable role as representatives of the farming community.

How savings groups are empowering women in Guatemala

January 2020
Guatemala has the largest economy in Central America but it also has the worst rates of poverty and malnutrition. This is especially the case in rural areas and for indigenous communities.

Wild honey of the Wichi people: a treasure to be discovered

January 2020
In the community of Larguero, in the Chaco Salteño, a group of indigenous beekeepers are raising the profile of a unique wild honey

20 podcasts we will be listening to in 2020

December 2019
We asked colleagues for their favourite podcasts on topics related to development, food, agriculture and climate. If you are looking to learn something new check out our suggestions.

Community gardens pave the way for climate-resilient agriculture in Gambia

December 2019
Climate change is affecting global food systems in such a way that those who already suffer from hunger and undernutrition are also the most vulnerable to the added threats from climate change.

How agroecology can respond to a changing climate and benefit farmers

December 2019
Current food systems are at a crossroads. There is a strong need for transforming food production and consumption patterns in a sustainable way. One where farmers adapt and build resilience to the increasing challenges from climate change and where nutritious food is available for all. Agroecology provides one solution towards this transformation.

Help farmers and the planet? Yes, we can

December 2019
Tajikistan is a mountainous country nestled in Central Asia. Over five million people live a rural life, the majority of them depending on agriculture for their livelihoods.

Cooking to reduce climate change

December 2019
An IFAD co-sponsored event at COP25 in Madrid brought together experts and celebrity chefs to examine how climate change is effecting food systems.

Helping agriculture climb the climate agenda in Madrid

December 2019
Agriculture is uniquely placed to tackle climate change while reducing poverty and increasing food security. The key role of the sector has been recognised by the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture (KJWA).

Specialised production secures better income for rural households in China

December 2019
The rapid economic growth in China has brought numerous benefits, but also many challenges. Rapid urbanization, environmental vulnerability, an aging population and internal migration of young men is putting pressure on rural agricultural production systems.

Family farming, biodiversity and climate change - opportunities of the United Nations Decade of Family Farming

December 2019
Agriculture is responsible for much of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, but family farmers are also responsible for promoting biodiversity and guaranteeing ecosystem services upon which agricultural activity depends.

IFAD’s Climate Action Report 2019

December 2019
Climate change is no longer a problem for the future: it is happening now. Actions to tackle climate change and address the challenges it poses are paramount on the international policy agenda, as well as among IFAD priorities and commitments.

On a mission to save the Amazon

December 2019
Against the backdrop of the climate crisis, José Gregorio Diaz Mirabal, Coordinator of the Congress of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA) visited IFAD in Rome, where he discussed the situation affecting the Amazon and the implications for indigenous peoples’ livelihoods and for humanity as a whole.

Putting an end to violence against women in rural communities

November 2019
On the international day for the elimination of violence against women, IFAD reaffirms its commitment to eliminate and prevent gender-based violence.

Mobilizing inclusive remittances for rural development

November 2019
It has long been recognized that the money remitted by migrants is used to supplement the receiving family’s income and is therefore largely spent on consumption. Only a small amount of remittances is invested in productive assets, much less saved.

Sanitation pays for itself and is the business opportunity of the decade

November 2019
Water and sanitation are at the very core of sustainable development, critical to the survival of people and the planet. SDG6 not only addresses the issues relating to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, but also the quality and sustainability of water resources worldwide.

Spinning yarns – Investing in wool and mohair in Lesotho

November 2019
Wool and mohair form the bedrock of Lesotho’s rural economy. Producers range from smallholder farmers with small flocks, to breeders of large flocks of superior gene-quality animals. With over 1.2 million sheep and 845,000 goats there is a lot of potential to develop the industry.

10 ways to reduce food loss: lessons from the field

November 2019
Food loss occurring after harvest and before retail sale, also termed post-harvest loss, is a key challenge in many developing countries and one that IFAD is committed to alleviate.

IFAD partnership in Bhutan reaping benefits for farmers

November 2019
Most of the population of Bhutan depend on farming to make a living. However, as the climate crisis bites, this Himalayan nation is being hit by erratic rain, hailstorms and flash floods. This in turn is effecting farmers’ production.

Recipes for Change: Moringa leaves with coconout - Sri Lanka

October 2019
Sri Lanka is a small island nation in South Asia, located in the Indian Ocean off India’s southeastern coast. Given that a large proportion of the population is concentrated in coastal areas, the country is particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels.

Assets for life: Small, but innovative, investments in water infrastructures, transform livelihoods in Mozambique

October 2019
Mapai is one of the driest districts of Mozambique, with an arid and semi-arid tropical climate where water for consumption, cattle and agriculture is the major challenge for the people living there.

Women and youth lead change in Lima's highlands and high rainforest

September 2019
The resilience of smallholder farmers, coupled with the support of development projects is allowing Peru’s rural people to progress towards better living standards. Women and youth are very often on the frontline of that effort.

Small credits foster rural entrepreneurship in Guinea

September 2019
Mohamed enjoys welcoming visitors to his vegetables garden in Fria town, in Guinea, and is proud to show every crop he has been growing. This 32-year-old rural entrepreneur recalls how his business succeeded thanks to an unexpected opportunity while he was pursuing a civil servant career.

Protecting villages from flash floods and improving livelihoods in the Haor basin wetlands

September 2019
The Haor region is a wetland ecosystem in north-eastern Bangladesh, which is located in a tectonic depression. During the monsoon period, the Haor gets between 3,000 and 4,000 mm of rainfall, together with the flow of monsoon river from the Meghalaya and Barak basins.

Making local crops work for nutrition-sensitive agriculture

August 2019
A new framework will guide practitioners to use a broad portfolio of crop species to bring nutrition back to the table.

Restoring mangroves is saving rural communities in Gambia

August 2019
Mangroves are one of the world's most biodiverse ecosystems and play an essential role to ecological balance and community livelihoods. But in many areas across West Africa, these wildlife-rich wetlands are under threat.

Recipes for Change: Te Mai Ae Tanna Kiribati

August 2019
Breadfruit is one of the main staple foods of Kiribati. Breadfruit trees require a tropical climate to thrive and are therefore plentiful in the Pacific region. Breadfruit is a good source of vitamin C, thiamine and potassium for the local population.

I’m a potato grower! Strengthening innovation to empower potato growers in the Andes

July 2019
The world is faced with a rising demand for food due to population growth, changes in dietary habits and the availability of agricultural resources. As a result farmers need to be more efficient and productive.

Innovations in law to tackle food insecurity

July 2019
The latest SOFI report confirms that the number of hungry people in the world continues to increase, highlighting the challenge of reaching the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of Zero Hunger by 2030.

Recipes for Change: Ema datshi and millet momos

July 2019
Try the Recipe at home: Ema datshi and millet momos - Bhutan

Young smallholder farmers overcoming climate challenges in Viet Nam

July 2019
Climate change is one of the major dynamics of change affecting rural youth livelihoods. It is having significant effects on the countries in which the rural youth population is concentrated and on the sectors in which they will be looking for employment opportunities.

From farm to market: improving the food value chain through women empowerment in Guinea

June 2019
Saran Condé is a 30-year-old smallholder farmer in Guinea's Faranah region. She has improved her farming skills and increased her productivity since joining an IFAD supported community garden.

June 2019

Opportunities, challenges and limitations of climate-smart agriculture - The case of Egypt

June 2019
Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) aims to facilitate the evolution of agricultural systems in the face of a rapidly changing climate. IFAD's approach to promoting CSA for smallholders focuses on three core objectives.

Sending money home: ten reasons why remittances matter

June 2019
The International Day of Family Remittances is observed every year on 16 June in recognition of the fundamental contribution of migrant workers to their families and communities back home and to the sustainable development of their countries of origin.

CARD: Assessing data for climate-friendly action in rural contexts

June 2019
Datasets on crop production increasingly need to take climate change into consideration, given its potentially profound repercussions for agriculture.

Forging tools to catalyse food production in Senegal

May 2019
In 1992, Khadim Thiam established a tiny workshop in Tambacounda, Senegal, to produce agricultural equipment, such as hoes, seed drills, ploughs and animal-traction carts.

World Bee Day - High-altitude honey

May 2019
In the Sierra Norte mountain range in Mexico lives a special breed of bee. Known locally as pisilnekmej, the Scaptotrigona Mexicana is a member of the family native to the American continent whose distinctive trait is that they have no sting.

The capital difference: Expanding horticulture in Rwanda

May 2019
Including smallholder farmers in Rwanda in the production and export of cash crops is vital to increasing their incomes and ultimately to reducing rural poverty.

Recommended books on Indigenous Peoples

April 2019
The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) will be held on 22 April to 3 May in New York. Here is our shortlist of books on the diverse issues affecting Indigenous Peoples around the world that will be discussed at the Forum.

Community gardens in the Gambia: one solution, many benefits

April 2019
Anyone who stops by Berefet notices how local people cherish the community garden in this small village in the western Gambia.

A tool to make rural investments more resilient

April 2019
Climate change has made crop production more unpredictable – if rainfall helped this harvest, an unexpected drought could destroy the next. So how can one decide to invest in millet in Chad's Kanem region or if it's too risky put money in wheat in Lesotho's Thaba-Tseka?

Transforming innovative ideas into sustainable agriculture in West and Central Africa

March 2019
Ideas are the lifeblood of innovation. To accelerate rural transformation while tackling rural poverty, food insecurity, nutrition, job creation and climate change, innovative ideas are needed.

How increased access to water shortens the path towards sustainable development in the Sahel

March 2019
Every day Dienaba Sow travels 3.5 kilometres from her home in Hodio village towards Toung, in Senegal's Louga region, to collect water for her family's daily needs.

A new development paradigm - BAPA+40

March 2019
A conference taking place this week in Buenos Aires, Argentina reminds us that developing countries today look as much to each other for help along their path to development as they do to the developed world.

Highlights from IFAD's Governing Council

February 2019
Pope Francis set the tone for the 42nd session of IFAD’s annual Governing Council meeting (14 - 15 February) by saying that hunger can be made a part of the world’s past, but only if all institutions and people work together, and only if these efforts are owned locally and driven by those who are suffering most, as architects of their own development.

EAT-Lancet Commission Brief for Farmers

February 2019
The EAT-Lancet Commission presents a global planetary health diet that is healthy for both people and planet. Discover the report’s key takeaways and the specific actions that farmers can take to contribute to the Great Food Transformation.

Change starts at home – Addressing gender imbalances and climate issues through household methodologies

January 2019
IFAD is piloting the use of household methodologies (HHMs) for gender equality and climate change adaptation as a way to accelerate progress towards the economic empowerment of rural women in Rwanda.

Ten books to read this winter

December 2018
We asked colleagues for their recommended reading on issues relevant to global development from gender to development to finance. If you are looking to read something a little more serious this holiday season, check out our list below.

IFAD welcomes the European Union’s commitment to a new impact fund targeting small agribusinesses across emerging markets

December 2018
The European Union has committed €45 million to the establishment of a new impact fund that will boost investments in small rural agribusinesses across emerging markets.

Building bridges between smallholders and financial markets

December 2018
One of the major challenges facing smallholders is getting adequate and cost-efficient protection against price volatility and climate-related impacts on production.

From Africa to Brazil and back: empowering youth through South-South learning exchange

December 2018
Seven women and men from Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria and Ivory Coast take part in a one-week learning exchange programme in Brazil focused on climate resilient post-harvest management of cassava.

Major international discussions draw to a close in Poland

December 2018
An international conference in Poland will try to finalise a deal on how to tackle climate change, but delegates from almost 200 countries are yet to agree on how to implement the Paris climate accord reached three years ago.

Acting now: enforcing global action to limit further warming of the planet

December 2018
Delegates from some 200 countries are meeting for two weeks of talks on tackling climate change in Katowice, Poland at an event hosted by the United Nations.

Angela Merkel sends message of support that includes IFAD at Global Citizens’ Mandela 100 Festival

December 2018
Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel calls on the international community to increase food production and help create jobs in rural areas to help defeat poverty and hunger.

Women lead a revived honey industry in the Solomon Islands

October 2018
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Solomon Islands honey was well positioned to begin exporting, as the industry was starting to thrive with an expanding membership and local investment.

Rural enterprises are making women agents of change in Ghana

October 2018
Rural women are just as enterprising as their male counterparts, if given equal opportunity and tools. Through training and skills development, rural women can play a much greater role in the development of their communities and boost the local economy.

Anniversary of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

September 2018
There are more than 370 million self-identified indigenous people in some 70 countries around the world. Worldwide, they account for 5 per cent of the population, but represent 15 per cent of those living in poverty.

Recipes for Change: Gak Ik (Turkey soup)

September 2018
Try the Recipe at home: Gak Ik (Turkey soup) - Guatemala

Recipes for Change: Smoked fish with sesame and sorrel sauce

September 2018
Try the recipe at home: Smoked fish with sesame and sorrel sauce - Chad

UN Food Gardens initiative getting climate smarter with IFAD

September 2018
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is delighted to announce a new partnership with the UN Food Gardens initiative at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

World Water Week: Promoting sustainable irrigation by focusing on ecosystems

August 2018
There is a direct link between human development and water. This is especially true for rural communities where access to water is a necessity to undertake subsistence agricultural production and to attain a minimum health standard.

Livestock-keepers see incomes rise and nutrition improve in Afghanistan

August 2018
Poor rural people in the Afghan provinces of Kabul, Parwan and Logar are feeding their families better and increasing their earnings by taking part in the IFAD-funded Community Livestock and Agriculture Project.

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

August 2018
The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is celebrated on 9 August. This year’s theme is indigenous peoples’ migration and movement. It is a special day to unite our voices and walk together towards social and environmental justice.

Transforming youth into agents of change

July 2018
It was just after midday, on a hot and rainy day in May, that we met with Emmanuel Abaysenga outside of the facilities of the Nyanza Milk Industries.

Improving traditional products to reach new markets

June 2018
Family farmers in rural Bosnia and Herzegovina and Egypt have increased their incomes, production and skills by taking part in a project funded by an IFAD grant and implemented by Oxfam Italia.

Empowering Afro-descendant communities in Latin America

June 2018
Afro-descendants are among the most vulnerable populations in Latin America, facing the region’s worst rates of inequality, violence and rural poverty. A recent IFAD-supported grant worked to challenge these trends, empowering Afro-descendants to exercise their rights, increase their incomes and achieve greater social inclusion.

Cooperative of indigenous women in Guatemala reaches international markets

May 2018
In Guatemala, a cooperative of indigenous women is now exporting goods to international markets with the support of an IFAD grant.

Tools for the trade to reach new markets in Manila

May 2018
Roland’s workshop sits by the side of the road, a large wooden structure from which the sounds of a lathe and a hammer emerge from time to time. In the garden, two teenagers are stripping dried palm leaves into fibre, which a woman is wrapping around a knife handle.

Ecuador: El Airo's people want to stay in El Airo

May 2018
Talking about the roya (coffee rust) epidemic in El Airo, a rural community in southern Loja province in Ecuador, brings back bad memories to the minds of local coffee growers. In 2010 and 2011, this fungus devastated coffee plants all over the province, plunging farming families into poverty and forcing many of them to leave.

A new paradigm for rural development

April 2018
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent the broadest consensus ever reached by humanity regarding the kind of development we aspire to. They establish a minimum for our civilization regarding the opportunities and levels of well-being to which every human being is entitled, and define humanity’s obligations with respect to our planet and its future generations.

A Chefs’ Manifesto: How the food industry can deliver a better future for food

April 2018
The SDG2 Advocacy Hub is a consortium of NGOs, advocacy groups, civil society, private sector and UN agencies that collaborate on campaigns that help achieve SDG2 - to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture by 2030.

Finding a future in farming in Guinea

April 2018
Should I stay or should I go? This question is likely on the mind of hundreds of thousands of young people in developing countries wondering what the future holds for them at home and dreaming of a better life abroad.

10 ways in which ICTs can transform the lives of rural women

March 2018
What is the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), media and digital technologies in empowering women and girls? Rural women make significant contributions to their communities in a variety of ways.

How public-private-producer-partnerships are transforming agriculture in Tanzania

March 2018
Saada and Jerard are two young half-siblings, who were reunited through agriculture. Jerard was raised by his father in Iringa, a transport-hub in central Tanzania.

Radio and mobile phones bring life-changing solutions to rural women

March 2018
As thousands of farmers in central Tanzania battle with long spells of dry weather and erratic rainfall, with little hope of feeding their families, Juliana Yusuph is no longer worried.

This Kenyan farmer is modernizing — and maintaining a circular mindset

March 2018
“I’m using everything now,” says Samuel Gachau Kimani, showing off the biogas digester on his farm in Kirura, Kenya, north of Nairobi.

Recipes for Change: Licuri, chicken and rice

February 2018
Try the recipe at home: Licuri, chicken and rice – Brazil

Recipes for Change: Umbuzada sertaneja

February 2018
Try the Recipe at home: Umbuzada sertaneja – Brazil

Defining and measuring state fragility

February 2018
No state wants to be defined as fragile. But J.J. Messner’s job as co-director of The Fund for Peace’s Fragile States Index is to do just this. The Index tracks and assesses the performance of 178 countries on social, economic and political indicators to measure their fragility.

Ground-breaking research helps make insurance available to smallholder farmers

January 2018
Farming is an uncertain and risky business, especially for poor smallholders in remote areas of developing countries. However, a new study shows how data gathered by satellite could help poor farmers manage their risks more effectively through index insurance.

Indigenous crops bring climate solutions for farmers in Brazil's Caatinga – IFAD and Slow Food take the lead

January 2018
Longer dry seasons and unpredictable rainfall are having a serious impact on the farming communities in the semi-arid zone, or Caatinga biome, in the state of Bahia in north-eastern Brazil.

How avocados are making a difference in the Dominican Republic

December 2017
Marielena and Julio come from the town of San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic, where a small green fruit – the avocado – has changing their lives and that of their community.

In the pursuit of a better life

December 2017
Pathe Ndiaye, 26, stands in the middle of an onion field in Kaolack, Senegal and succinctly sums up why he returned to his rural home after spending years in the city. “Life is better here.”

Caring for the Planet Starts from the Ground

December 2017
Thouraya Lahmer and Aoun Ouni are two villagers from the south of Tunisia. Although they are not policy makers or soil experts, they both contribute to feeding the world.

The Malian diaspora invests to offer young people a better future at home

November 2017
In Mali, young rural people find it difficult to borrow funds to start or develop their agricultural activities. This may now change thanks to the Babyloan Mali platform.

Agriculture is finally on the agenda!

November 2017
In an iconic decision at COP 23, negotiators in Bonn agreed to new negotiation processes to “jointly address” a number of new agriculture topics – for the first time naming agriculture directly in the agreement.

UN Climate Change Conference – COP 23

November 2017
The UNFCCC COP23 is officially under way after an exciting opening ceremony. President of UNFCCC COP22 in Marrakech last year, H.E. Mr. Salaheddine Mezouar, talked about the triumphs of the Moroccan presidency and paid tribute to Fiji.

Silvia’s Story

November 2017
The dry and dusty Tunuyán riverbed contrasts sharply with the dark and heavy clouds that threaten rain. "You are arriving just in time for the rain although, to tell you the truth, this year we have had plenty of it", comments Silvia Gómez, President of the Asociación La Gloriosa, with a smile. She welcomes us to La Gloriosa, in the department of La Paz in Mendoza, Argentina.

Leading the way - new conference promotes rural solutions through SSTC

November 2017
On 20-21 November 2017, high-level government representatives, development professionals, representatives of the private sector, members of international civil society and academia will meet in Brasilia at the first IFAD-organized conference to promote rural innovations and solutions through South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) for improved livelihoods in developing countries.

Ploughing for profits

October 2017
Gavharbi Ahmadova and Faizov Kamarali are both from the Khatlon region in Tajikistan but from different villages. Although they have never met, they have a lot in common - they both struggle to sustain their families with a steady income through farming, an almost impossible task given the near absence of agricultural machinery with which to cultivate land and harvest crops on time.

World Food Day 2017 - Changing the future of migration

October 2017
When Mosammat Karfunnesa, 50, was raising her four sons in rural Bangladesh, she could not afford to send them to school, and her husband, a rural laborer, was often unemployed. But despite these challenges, Karfunnesa never gave up on wanting to make a difference for her family.

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