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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.

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