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The benefits of bamboo: support for livelihoods, the environment and women’s empowerment
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
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
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
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
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
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)
Try the recipe Vai Ika (Tuna and taro leaves) - Tonga
Gender equality begins in the home
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
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
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
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
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
Since 2006, the European Commission 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.
Seiko Yabumoto, Assistant
I've been at IFAD since 2006 initially as temporary staff and in 2007 I started working with the governing bodies office as an assistant. In 2011 I become Assistant to the Director & Treasurer. My roles at IFAD have been a great way to be exposed to IFAD operations – all official documents pass through the Governing Bodies office and all the IFAD commitments and deliverables are recorded. That was a great way to be thrown into IFAD's work. I have brought previous experience and knowledge with me from the private sector and the fashion industry. Everything that you learn, you never throw away. At IFAD I have been able to build on these experiences.
Joseph Nganga, Programme Officer
I have worked as a Country Programme Officer since 2011, but before that I worked in IFAD-funded projects in Kenya. When I was recruited to work at IFAD I was overjoyed. Starting as a national officer and now participating at the international level has been great - blending hard facts with experience drawn from the field and spicing them up was quite a contribution.
Building a better life for rural youth in El Salvador
As IFAD commemorates a 30-year partnership with El Salvador during ‘IFAD Week' – we look at the challenges and opportunities faced by rural youth in the country.
Supporting Natural Resources Management through Community Innovation Centres
The Centre Communautaire d'Innovation (CCI) or Community Innovation Centres were first introduced in Rwanda to provide technical and organisational support to small farmers as part of a pilot project supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Support Project for the Strategic Plan for the Transformation of Agriculture (PAPSTA).
Recipes for Change: Poulet Yassa
There are many varieties of onions grown in Senegal. Perhaps the most common are the Gandiol and Noflaye species which are both well known for their strong taste and ability to be stored for long periods of time. The onion is a dietary staple of Senegal, appearing in many of the country's most famous dishes, including Poulet Yassa.
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples promotes health and well-being
Representatives of indigenous peoples meet with IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze at the second Global Meeting of the Indigenous Peoples' Forum in February.
Conservation practices made worthwhile
Deep ravines and gullies gutting into hillsides define the rolling valleys within the Lake Tana watershed. Soil erosion is a widespread primary factor degrading fertile lands within Ethiopia, causing an estimated loss of two billion tons of fertile soils, and reducing the agricultural GDP but 2.3% a year1.
From unemployed to entrepreneur: helping Arab youth in rural areas take control of their futures
In the Near East and North Africa region, seventeen million young people – more than 20 per cent of the population – are without work. This rate is higher than any other region in the world.
A new biogas system for Africa
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
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
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
What can Make or a Break a Farmer
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.
Community Radio reaching out to small scale farmers in Mozambique
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.
Recipes for Change: Lamb tagine with Moroccan truffles
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
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
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
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.