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A new biogas system for Africa

July 2015
Biogas is becoming increasingly more popular as a form of energy to power rural communities in Africa who live far away from the electricity grid.

The Road to Addis: Partnership is the cornerstone of development

July 2015
This week the international community gathers in Addis Ababa for the . The conference aims to mobilize the resources needed to finance the proposed . Solving

Rome-based agencies propose post-2015 targets for sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition

July 2015
ROME, 9 April 2014 – During a high-level dialogue held in Rome last week, the three Rome-based United Nations agencies presented a suggested set of targets

Community Radio reaching out to small scale farmers in Mozambique

May 2015
Local radio stations can be a powerful means of communication, particularly to smallholder farmers located in remote rural places. When listening to the radio, they feel connected to the rest of the world and become better informed.

What can Make or a Break a Farmer

May 2015
If you are a farmer with land to harvest and your machinery is old and often broken, you have a problem. If you need to feed your family and earn a living from your crops, you have an even bigger problem.

Recipes for Change: Lamb tagine with Moroccan truffles

May 2015
The Highlands of Eastern Morocco, located approximately 1000-1400m above sea level, stretch over four provinces (Oujda, Taourirt, Jerada and Figuig). It is an environmentally and socioeconomically fragile area.

IFAD and Expo Milano 2015: Feeding the planet, energy for life

April 2015
The universal exposition running in Milan from May through October fosters a dialogue about global challenges involving nutrition and natural resources that are key for IFAD and its UN partners.

International Women’s Day: Empowering rural women to achieve food and nutrition security

March 2015
As the 20th anniversary of the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women approaches, lFAD and its partners highlight the role of rural women in sustainably feeding the developing world.

IFAD's 2015 Gender Awards: Meet the winners

March 2015
Rome, 30 November 2015 – On 25 November, in honour of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, IFAD hosted its third annual Gender Awards to celebrate five best-performing IFAD-supported projects that are making a real difference to women’s lives.

Haiti: Sharing knowledge across the border with the Dominican Republic

March 2015
The border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic is a poor region, but it is critically important to both countries. On the Haitian side, in particular, there is substantial yet unexploited economic potential.

Exporting vegetables: a new challenge for Guatemalan indigenous women

March 2015
In the central highlands of Guatemala, indigenous rural families depend primarily on the land to make a living. The project Productive Capacity Building for Mujeres Cuatro Pinos, has worked with a cooperative made up of 275 indigenous women producers and their families, to diversify their income sources and improve their livelihoods.

Empowering communities to innovate for rural development

March 2015
Over the last 15 years, IFAD-funded development projects in the Southern Highlands of Peru have generated considerable knowledge, experience and good practices on empowering poor rural people and their associations. They have raised the interest of other IFAD and external practitioners and a high demand for knowledge sharing. Yet, the processes and methods that made these results possible remain poorly understood.

Rural transformation in Sierra Leone: Meeting the challenges of fragility and Ebola

February 2015
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Even before the Ebola crisis, Sierra Leone was a fragile state. At the time the outbreak hit in May 2014, the country had been slowly recovering from a brutal 10-year civil war that left hundreds of thousands internally displaced.

Equal rights begin in the home: household mentoring in Uganda

January 2015
Household mentoring is an innovative tool that provides the skills and knowledge that enable poor families to improve their well-being and incomes. And, as an IFAD-supported programme in Uganda has shown, it also promotes greater equality and shared decision-making among household members.

Rana Al Saadi, Arabic Senior Translator/Reviser

January 2015
As a Syrian translator/interpreter based in Damascus, I was not really aware of the pockets of extreme poverty in some of the rural areas of the country. I was recruited as a freelancer to accompany an Evaluation Committee mission to Jabal Alhus where IFAD financed a development project.

Moses Abukari, Regional Programme Manager

January 2015
Growing up in Ghana, I could not fathom why some people were less privileged than others. I yearned for an opportunity where I could support underprivileged people in and beyond my country.

What can you do about a vanishing nation?

December 2014
For the people of Kiribati, who live on narrow strips of land about the width of a city block just two metres above sea level, rising levels is a trend that spells disaster.

Pascaline Bampoky: interview transcript

December 2014
LPascaline Bampoky is a farmer and entrepreneur living in Bignona village, Casamance province, Senegal. She was aged 30 when she was interviewed on 11

Safiétou Goudiaby: interview transcript

December 2014
Safiétou Goudiaby is a farmer living in Kagnarou village, Casamance province, Senegal. She was about 70 years old when she was interviewed on 20 November

Oumar Diédhiou: interview transcript

December 2014
Oumar Diédhiou is a farmer living in Badiana village, Casamance province, Senegal. He was aged 22 when he was interviewed on 25 April 2010 for the Rural

Bintou Sambou: interview transcript

December 2014
Bintou Sambou lives in Bignona village, Casamance province, Senegal. She was aged 45 when she was interviewed on 5 December 2009 for the Rural Poverty

Bakary Diédhiou: interview transcript

December 2014
Bakary Diédhiou lives in Tenghory village, Casamance province, Senegal. He was aged 60 when he was interviewed on 6 December 2009 for the Rural Poverty

Abibatou Goudiaby: interview transcript

December 2014
Abibatou Goudiaby lives in Kagnarou, Casamance province, Senegal. She was aged 21 when she was interviewed on 26 April 2010 for the Rural Poverty Report

Abdoulaye Badji: interview transcript

December 2014
Abdoulaye Badji is a farmer living in Sindian village, Casamance province, Senegal. He was aged 50 when he was interviewed on 4 December 2009 for the Rural

José del Carmen Portocarrero Santillán: small harvests

December 2014
José del Carmen Portocarrero Santillán is 82 and has spent most of his life as a farmer in the Peruvian village of Ramos in the Amazonas region – like

José del Carmen Portocarrero Santillán: interview transcript

December 2014
José del Carmen Portocarrero Santillán is a farmer living in the village of Ramos in the province of Rodríguez of Mendoza, Amazonas region, Peru. He was

Elsa Espinoza Delgado: interview transcript

December 2014
Elsa Espinoza Delgado is a student who was aged 23 when she was interviewed on 30 November 2009 for the Rural Poverty Report 2011. The interview was conducted

Elsa Espinoza Delgado: promoting youth leadership

December 2014
Elsa Espinoza Delgado comes from the town of Copallin, in the Peruvian province of Bagua. Her father is a farmer of rice and cocoa. Life was no "golden

Doris Consuelo Sánchez Santillán: interview transcript

December 2014
Doris Consuelo Sánchez Santillán is a businesswoman living in the small town of Cheto in Chachapoyas province, Amazonas region, Peru. She was aged 36 when

Doris Consuelo Sánchez Santillán: supporting women through business

December 2014
Doris Consuelo Sánchez Santillán, 36 years old, lives in Cheto, Chachapoyas province, Peru, where she runs a successful small business making and selling

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