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IFAD partners with rural youth to get their voices heard at Bonn Climate Summit

October 2017
The Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN) are coming to the UNFCCC COP23 in Bonn this November. IFAD has partnered with CSAYN because of their shared passion for raising awareness of climate change impacts and actions amongst young people in rural communities.

Celebrating the International Day of Rural Women

October 2017
October 15 is the International Day of Rural Woman and a chance to celebrate the accomplishments of rural women around the world. Rural women play key roles in their families, communities and countries, and yet they are often severely disadvantaged, economically, socially and politically.

Sorghum - a new hope in dry times

October 2017
While droughts devastate maize yields in parts of Kenya, IFAD supports farmers to grow more resilient crops, such as short-stemmed sorghum.

Trees of hope

October 2017
Drought threatens much of East and Southern Africa, putting farmers’ livelihoods at risk. But with IFAD funding, communities in Kenya are growing trees to help safeguard their future.

On the ground in Ethiopia

September 2017
In September, the Heads of the UN’s three Rome-based food agencies visited drought-affect parts of Ethiopia where at least 8.5 million people were in need of food aid.

Investing in rural development matters more than ever

September 2017
Global hunger is on the rise again after steadily declining for over a decade, according to the latest report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World.

Recipes for change: Kenya Muviku

September 2017
Try the Recipe at home: Muviku - Kenya

New research finds the potential of waste reuse for small farmers worldwide

August 2017
New research shows how food, agro-industrial and human waste can support food security and sustainability around the world.

Better feed for cows benefits dairy farmers in India and Tanzania

August 2017
Innovative strategies increase milk production and boost small farmers’ food security and livelihoods.

Creating opportunities for rural youth is more urgent than ever

August 2017
By creating employment opportunities for rural youth, countries can reap the demographic dividends of a young vibrant workforce.

Organics offer new opportunities to young farmers in the Pacific Islands

August 2017
A growing IFAD-supported movement in the Pacific Islands is helping farmers tap into international organics markets. By having their products certified as organic, Pacific Island farmers are raising their incomes, increasing their resilience and maintaining their cultures.

Searching for a better way to farm

August 2017
With her granddaughter in hand, Ruth Stephen Chileshe proudly shows off the large iron-roofed brick house she recently built selling maize, cassava, beans and ground nuts from her small farm in rural Zambia. Only 10 meters down the pathway stands the remnants of her old and much smaller home.

Rural poor people in Madagascar strengthen resilience through land tenure

July 2017
In western Madagascar, IFAD-supported projects have been helping people in rural areas gain legal rights to their land – a key tactic in the fight against poverty.

Boosting nutrition one TV show at a time in Laos

July 2017
In rural communities in northern Laos, an IFAD supported programme is using a television soap opera to help tackle extreme poverty and malnutrition.

Almonds and apricots flower on once-barren land

July 2017
Family farmers in the West Bank are growing high value crops such as almonds and apricots on once-barren hillsides, seeing their incomes rise by 80 per cent or more. About 36,000 people have taken part in an IFAD-funded natural resource management programme, which prioritized terracing, fencing, irrigation, rock removal and other techniques to reclaim and rehabilitate land.

Reducing rice imports helps smallholder farmers in Nigeria

July 2017
An IFAD-supported programme in Nigeria is helping to reduce dependence on imported rice and strengthening the access of smallholder farmers to local markets.

Native fruits fuel rural development in Brazil

July 2017
Wild and local fruits, such as umbu (Spondias tuberosa), passionfruit and guava, are fuelling the growth of a prosperous cooperative led by women in a remote area of north-eastern Brazil.

Smallholder farmers bring high value to their crops in Nepal

June 2017
Piyola Oli is a farmer in western Nepal. One of her main challenges is access to quality seeds. Through the IFAD-supported High-Value Agriculture Project in Hill and Mountain Areas project, Oli has learned how to produce good quality onion seeds from her own produce and her income has increased considerably.

Maximizing the efficiency of development evaluation through ICTs

June 2017
Conference will explore how development can be assisted by information and communication technologies for evaluation evaluation.

Consultation on the Eleventh Replenishment of IFAD's resources

June 2017
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During 2017, IFAD Member States have been meeting regularly in Rome for Consultations on the Eleventh Replenishment of the Fund's resources (IFAD11).

Protecting the environment through sustainable production

May 2017
The Sustainable Land Management in the Semi-Arid Sertão Project was designed as a complement to the IFAD-financed Dom Helder Câmara Project (DHCP), which ran from 1998 to 2007 in various areas of the semi-arid northeastern Brazil. The Sertão Project aimed to address pressing environmental and land degradation issues, and to build resilience to climate change. The project focused on the caatinga — a uniquely Brazilian scrub forest covering approximately 10 per cent of the total area of the country. The caatinga is one of Brazil's most threatened natural landscapes.

Bong tree farming raises income of former rice farmers in Laos

May 2017
Farmers in Laos are rediscovering the value of a traditional crop – the bark of the bong tree. Because the once-abundant bong trees are now on the endangered species list, smallholders are establishing profitable plantations to meet the growing demand for the aromatic bark.

Making the most of Africa’s rural youth

April 2017
The potential powerhouse of energy and creativity of the world’s 1.2 billion young people was highlighted by Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of IFAD during the annual spring meetings of the World Bank Group (Bank) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that are currently underway.The event brings together central bankers, ministers of finance and development sector executives, among others, to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness.

Ecuador: One year after the earthquake

April 2017
Their house collapsed. And with it, all of their belongings and memories were lost. Fortunately, Manuel Reyes and his family survived. But not everyone was so lucky.

In conversation with IFAD’s new President, Gilbert F. Houngbo

April 2017
Gilbert F. Houngbo became the sixth President of IFAD on 1 April 2017. In the days leading up to this, the new President took a moment to answer some questions about his life growing up in rural Togo, the importance of building rural economies that offer hope to young people, the social injustices that compel him to believe in the power of development and the challenges ahead for IFAD.

Knowledge for development

April 2017
Knowledge is at the centre of global development and an essential element for the achievement of Agenda 2030. Development organizations are increasingly recognizing the role of knowledge and learning to increase development impact and effectively contribute to the SDGs.

The power of self-help: how women in India are achieving economic, social and political empowerment

March 2017
Women from more than 246,000 households have taken steps to change their lives by becoming part of the IFAD-supported Tejaswini Rural Women’s Empowerment Programme in the Indian State of Madhya Pradesh.

Sowing the seeds of progress – one woman’s story

March 2017
Rekha Pandram, 34, is a Gond woman who has transformed the lives of more than 7,500 women and their families across 40 villages in the Dindori district of Madhya Pradesh, India.

UN’s Rome-based agencies team up to fight hunger and support rural development in Madagascar

March 2017
The UN’s three Rome-based agencies demonstrated the power of working together yesterday when staff from the Madagascar interagency country team were recognized for their work to promote rural resilience and boost food security on the island nation off the east coast of Africa.

UN food agencies highlight successful collaboration in the field

March 2017
In an example of how the UN's three Rome-based food agencies are stronger working as one, staff from the Madagascar interagency country team were today recognized for their work to promote rural resilience and boost food security in the African island nation.

Building a life after conflict

March 2017
Rénilde Buhembe, 54, is a mother of three (two girls and a boy) who lives in the village of Rwingiri in Gitega province in central Burundi. She was widowed at age 18 and when in 1993, civil war broke out, she took in three more little boys who had lost their parents in the conflict.

IFAD to host high-level conference on innovative approaches to financing for rural development

January 2017
IFAD is joining forces with the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Brookings Institution and the University of Warwick to host an international conference in Rome.

Case study: Shifting to conservation agriculture to build resilience to climate change

November 2016
Moldova has agriculture as its key economic sector. At the same time, the national economy and rural livelihoods are inherently highly vulnerable to climate change related events.

Protecting women’s rights in the face of domestic violence in India and Burundi

November 2016
Each year, to raise public awareness of gender-based violence across the world, the United Nations recognizes 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Recipes for change: Pollo Pibil

November 2016
Try the Recipe at home: Pollo Pibil - Mexico

Amidst drought and flooding, Malawian farmers look to diversify their diet

November 2016
An IFAD-supported project is encouraging Malawian farmers to eat the food they produce - instead of over relying on maize and other food products that they are forced to buy.

Helping Bolivian farmers gain ground against climate change

November 2016
The Arque river, in the heart of the Andes, is surrounded by towering mountains. At the beginning of the dry season, it roars furiously with water from melting snows. It also drags away tons of fertile soil. When the sound and the fury stops, the river becomes a tiny stream, barely visible in the middle of a bed of debris.

Saadia Imad, Chief Field Support

November 2016
I have been working with IFAD since 2016 as the Chief of the Field Support Unit. This role is an important element of IFAD's operation in the field - we provide the logistics, the conduit and the means for IFAD to carry out its mandate and operations. Not only the administrative aspect - we also provide the coverage to food security, which is essential considering that IFAD has a significant presence in fragile states and conflicted regions in the world.

Seeking proposals and planning for the Indigenous Peoples Forum

November 2016
IFAD seeks proposals for grant-funded projects designed to empower indigenous peoples, even as it counts down to the second global meeting of the Indigenous Peoples Forum.

Recipes for Change: Sweet and sour catfish soup

October 2016
The Mekong Delta in Viet Nam is an area of major significance to the country's food security, producing 55 percent of the annual rice crop, 60 percent of aquaculture, as well as large volumes of vegetables and fruit. Yet the environment is extremely sensitive to upstream hydrological changes and climate induced challenges, such as sea level rise and average temperature increases.

Recipes for Change: Bananas with beans and split green peas

October 2016
Rwanda's small farmers rely on rain fall to grow their main food crops, including sorghum, bananas, beans, sweet potato and cassava. Although the central African country has a favourable climate for agriculture, climate model scenarios show increases in average temperature of up to 3.35°C by 2100, and a change in the timing of the two cropping seasons that characterize Rwanda's traditional farming system.

Recipes for Change: Chairo soup

October 2016
Climate change is contributing to increased temperatures and changing growing seasons in Bolivia. Small farmers are finding it harder to decide when to plant and when to harvest. This adversely affects staple food crops such as potatoes.

Overcoming inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean

October 2016
Over the last three decades, the countries of Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) experienced a profound transformation which extended to rural areas.This economic and rural transformation resulted in many benefits, especially between 2004-2013, when millions of people left poverty behind.

Building resilience in the Near East and North Africa

October 2016
The world is changing rapidly across urban and rural areas. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region and the Newly Independent States (NIS) which have been going through far-reaching economic and political transitions.

Green Climate Fund accredits IFAD as a partner agency

October 2016
Rome, 18 October 2016 – Climate change is one of the most persistent threats facing smallholder farmers. Rising global temperatures and the subsequent changes in weather patterns endanger agricultural production and rural infrastructure that provide livelihoods for over 2 billion people.

International Day of Rural Women: Empowering women to transform rural areas

October 2016
On the occasion of the International Day of Rural Women (15 October 2016), IFAD celebrates women and girls in rural areas and the vital role that they play in their families, their communities and their countries.

Rural women have a lot to gain from the new Global Goals

October 2016
Rural women make up about a quarter of the world's population and are disproportionately affected by the realities of poverty, food insecurity and poverty.

Financing for young farmers in the Republic of Moldova

October 2016
Young women and men in rural areas of the Republic of Moldova are making good use of advantageous credit lines and other benefits offered by an IFAD supported project.

Increasing prosperity for the rural poor in Asia and the Pacific by 2030

October 2016
Countries of Asia and the Pacific region (APR) have experienced rapid growth and poverty reduction over the last 25 years. Both the service and manufacturing industries have provided a large increase in employment opportunities across the region. But in spite of the rapid urbanization , more than half of the region’s population still lives in rural areas, and most are engaged in agriculture.

Empowering rural youth in West and Central Africa

October 2016
Projections indicate that Africa will remain predominantly rural until about 2035. Rural poverty remains deep and widespread, concentrated among young people and women in the region.

Realizing the promise and potential of agriculture in East and Southern Africa

September 2016
The fact that agriculture has the ability to transform lives in Africa has been well documented. Agriculture accounts for 24 per cent of GDP across Africa, and agribusinesses 20 per cent. In the East and Southern Africa (ESA) region investments in agriculture have led to socio-economic development that can be viewed as optimistic.

Growing forced displacement crisis impacts over 65 million people worldwide

September 2016
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the current global crisis of forced displacement has affected an unprecedented 65 million people worldwide. More than one-third of the displaced – or 22.2 million – are in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region.

Reducing poverty through dairy farming

September 2016
Benjamin used to work as temporary staff for Kenya Railways, a public service in Kirinyaga. His work was heavy and poorly paid. He could not save enough money to send back home to his wife and the children for food and schooling. With such dire prospects, Benjamin decided to go back to his village and live with his family. Not knowing what exactly to do, he decided to give dairy farming a try – albeit with no experience.

Recipes for Change: Caldeirada De Cabrito Com Mandioca (Mozambican Curry)

September 2016
Try the Recipe at home: Caldeirada De Cabrito Com Mandioca (Mozambican Curry)

Recipes for Change: Samlor Kako (Cambodian Curry)

September 2016
Try this recipe for samlor kako, a popular Cambodian curry dish, at home.

Shortening the hungry season in Senegal

September 2016
31 August 2016 - Farmer Coumba Ndoffen Sene used to struggle to feed his family, but now he can pay his children’s school fees and buy them new clothes.

Promoting women's development in Tajikistan

August 2016
In partnership with the Government of Tajikistan, IFAD is creating favourable conditions for women’s development and increasing employment in mountainous areas.

Planting the seeds of good living in Ecuador

July 2016
Juan Ponce, one of the young people working at ASOAM’s processing plant, holds a bunch of achiote fruits. ©IFAD/Juan Ignacio Cortés Carrasba 22 July 2016

Rural women key to achieving Global Goals by 2030

July 2016
The challenges faced by rural women in the context of the SDGs were discussed at a side event jointly organized by IFAD, FAO, UNWomen and WFP on 18 March

How development agencies can drive rural transformation

July 2016
Last year world leaders negotiated and agreed on a plan to end poverty and inequality in the next 15 years, adopting 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a roadmap to tackle the world's most troubling problems. However, achieving such an ambitious agenda – in addition to massive global cooperation and an increase in development resources – will require new approaches and solutions that go beyond official development assistance.

Building a successful business in China

July 2016
Zhang Danying is a striking and impressive woman. This 55-year old businesswoman from China’s Shaanxi province owns two multi-million dollar companies. Looking as successful as she does professional in her business suit and pearl earrings, it is hard to believe that less than 20 years ago she was unemployed and desperate.

Ending hunger while growing a garden

June 2016
25 September 2015 – Priscilla Mkhatshwa never dreamed that she could one day plant a  garden in the hot and dry region of Lubombo in eastern Swaziland.

Reducing hunger while promoting local foods

June 2016
25 September 2015 – It is early in the morning and Coumba Ndoffen Sene and his family are eating breakfast in the Niakhar village in Senegal. Today, there's

Reducing poverty through access to new markets

June 2016
Thenks to IFAD-supported project, Amara Koroma improved production methods and sustainable farming, and gained access to new markets.

Promoting gender equality in Morocco

June 2016
25 September 2015 – Fatima Ait Lhoussine lives in a remote village in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. Not long ago, the only jobs she could do were household

How working migrants and their families can shape development at home

June 2016
Financing the ambitious post-2015 development agenda is a challenge that will require innovative approaches that go beyond traditional sources of development

Drought, desertification and avoiding the next big global food shortage

June 2016
13 June Rome – Over the past year severe droughts and floods have ruined harvests and left nearly 100 million people in southern Africa, Asia and Latin America facing food and water shortages.

Recipes for Change: Nicaragua rice and black/red beans

June 2016
Black beans originate from the Americas, with southern Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica as the main producers. Areas with rainy summers and mild temperatures (about 20°C yearly average), create the ideal climatic conditions for black beans.

Recipes for Change: Sechu Sa Nku (Mutton Stew)

June 2016
Climate change – including rising temperatures, and a greater frequency of droughts and extreme rain events – is negatively affecting local communities living in rural parts of Lesotho. Lesotho ranks 158 out of 186 in the United Nations Development Programme UNDP Human Development Index. Poverty is concentrated in the rural parts of the country, being greatest in the mountain areas.

Improving a community while fighting climate change

June 2016
25 September 2015 – Bidhan Krishna Sarker never expected to become a farmer. Born in the remote Netrakona district in northern Bangladesh, his family lived

Ending extreme poverty through household mentoring

June 2016
25 September 2015 – Generous Batebekyera wasn't always a successful maize and bean farmer in the village of Malere in western Uganda. A widow supporting

Improving livelihood througth livestock

June 2016
25 September 2015 – Annonciata Nsekugabanye never imagined she would one day be able to provide a dignified life for her family. A seasonal labourer

Reducing hunger through agricultural cooperatives

June 2016
An IFAD-funded project teach farmersin El Salvador how to develop a viable business and marketing plan, and identify needs for technical assistance.

Recovering lost traditions

May 2016
Teófila Betancurth has spent over a decade fighting to preserve the traditional crops of her African and Latin American ancestors. Through the Chiyangua

Producing climate smart cassava in Mozambique

May 2016
14 January 2016 – João Marcus Costa is a cassava farmer from Manjacaze, Mozambique. Like many Mozambican farmers, João's small cassava field used to face constant threats from drought, disease and pests.

Transforming desert land into a profitable fruit oasis

May 2016
25 September 2015 – It was only a few years ago that Wafaa Abu Shanab took a leap of faith and left the city, moving her family to the desert in West Noubaria,

Cashing in on cows

May 2016
The IFAD-supported Smallholder Dairy Commercialization Programme (SDCP) shows how investing in agriculture can transform lives and rural communities.

The importance of drinking water supplies for rural women

April 2016
"A village hand pump or standpipe reduces the burden of water transport over long distances…" --Rural Povery Report, p. 97 THEME: Lack of convenient access

Water breathes new life into an isolated mountain village in Tajikistan

April 2016
Tolib Yormahmadov and villagers lay water supply lines from a mountain spring 2.5km from the village Rome, 22 March – Tolib Yormahmadov lives in a valley

Water, Rural Livelihoods, Jobs and Food: Planning a Sustainable Future

April 2016
With access to water and training, Priscilla began to plant maize, beans, peas and sweet potatoes to sell in local markets and also began to produce chickens

Celebrating International Youth Day 2015

April 2016
Today's generation of young people – defined by the United Nations as those aged 15 to 24 – is the largest in history. An estimated 87 per cent of the world's young people live in developing countries, and the majority live in rural areas. However, in the world's poorest countries, opportunities for youth are often limited or non-existent, leaving them marginalized politically, economically and socially.

The Power of Knowledge: how access to information could reduce conflict and increase food security in the Arab world

April 2016
The Arabspatial knowledge platform emerged as part of the IFAD-IFPRI partnership to promote open-access data and M&E tools for the Arab World. Not a day

Burkina Faso Farmers Working Together for a Better Future

April 2016
Smallholder farmers from the Sahelian part of Burkina Faso are becoming increasingly vulnerable to climate change. Rising temperatures are accelerating

Why are rural youth leaving farming?

April 2016
Unemployment for youth is a growing concern in Africa. Youth account for 60 per cent of all unemployed, according to the World Bank. 6 April, Rome – Rural

Access to land and water critical for smallholder farmers

April 2016
12, November 2015 – A few years ago environmental specialist Ray Gama began working with small farmers in Swaziland's Lubombo region, an area known for

Climate change poses new challenges for farmers in central Ecuador

April 2016
Francisco Don Pacho Garcés is a farmer from Ecuador and the president of the local small farmers’ association for Fray Mariano Benitez. He has seen first-hand

How an innovative 'sand' dam is causing a rush for water in Somalia

March 2016
In the sub-regions of Maaroodi-Jeex and Awdal, in the arid and semi-arid region of Somaliland, an innovative water management solution is helping small farmers stay in business despite the changing weather patterns.

The benefits of bamboo: support for livelihoods, the environment and women’s empowerment

March 2016
An IFAD grant-supported programme has demonstrated the enormous potential of bamboo in contributing to rural poverty reduction in several countries in

A cross-continental partnership improves smallholder farmers’ lives

March 2016
27 MARCH 2015 – Science is the pillar of improvement, and agriculture is the pillar of food security. Through the programme, both of those pillars come

A family that works together can overcome poverty

March 2016
As the Lead Technical Specialist of the IFAD Gender Team, Clare Bishop-Sambrook explained "IFAD has been developing HHMs for several years as an effective

Stewards of biodiversity adapt to a changing climate

March 2016
Local varieties grown in the programme area. Clockwise from top: hands holding yellow maize, white maize and bambara groundnuts Zimbabwe: Scaling up People's

“Water is critical to development,” says IFAD expert

March 2016
Access to water means Lake, a smallholder farmer in Ethiopia, no longer has to rely on food aid to survive. He is making an income and feeding his family.

World Water Day 2015: Water for sustainable development, water for life

March 2016
WATER IS HEALTH. Farmer rinses fruit and vegetables using water from a new irrigation system in Ecuador. © IFAD/Susan Beccio 20 MARCH 2015 – Water lies

Recipes for Change: Vai Ika (Tuna and taro leaves)

March 2016
Try the recipe Vai Ika (Tuna and taro leaves) - Tonga

Gender equality begins in the home

March 2016
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By encouraging rural families to work together in a way that benefits everyone, IFAD's household methodologies has already shown promising results in Uganda,

International Day of Rural Women: Message from Michel Mordasini, Vice-President of IFAD

March 2016
The Vice-President of IFAD, Michel Mordasini (centre) meets with a group of female shea processors at Kanvilli in Northern Ghana. ©IFAD/Francis Kokoroko

Improving food security in Bolivia

March 2016
11 December 2015 – Juana Huarachi is a llama herder and agronomist from the poor rural community of Curahuara de Carangas, Oruro in western Bolivia. Fifteen

Promoting gender equality in Morocco

March 2016
25 September 2015 – Fatima Ait Lhoussine lives in a remote village in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. Not long ago, the only jobs she could do were household

Innovation, agriculture and a changing climate

March 2016
Dr.Ismahane Elouafi is passionate about innovation. A scientist, geneticist and the Director General of the , Elouafi and her team are working to find

European Commission and IFAD: Innovating together

January 2016
Since 2006, the European Commission (EC) has collaborated with IFAD in financing a series of thematic and country programmes. This relatively recent partnership has grown in multiple and interesting directions, both in terms of funds invested, and the spread of programmes that benefit from that investment. From the US$50 million given to IFAD through the Food Facility of 2008, the EC now invests a total of more than US$326 million across selected thematic and country programmes. A relationship of trust, rigour and shared vision has evolved.

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