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The power of self-help: how women in India are achieving economic, social and political empowerment
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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Amidst drought and flooding, Malawian farmers look to diversify their diet
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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Recipes for Change: Samlor Kako (Cambodian Curry)
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Shortening the hungry season in Senegal
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.