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Responding to the challenges of a year like no other: IFAD’s 2020 Annual Report

July 2021
As the Food Systems Pre-Summit – in which IFAD is leading on long-term innovative solutions to strengthen our food systems – comes to a close, IFAD is launching our Annual Report, showcasing how our work and our niche expertise continue to deliver on ensuring the poorest people in rural areas across the globe will not be left behind.

New horizons for the Ingobor Youth Group

July 2021
Meet Ingobor, a group of 20 former bus drivers and conductors who pooled their resources and established a successful dairy business.

Three ways to harvest water in Brazil’s sertão

July 2021
For centuries, people living in Brazil’s semi-arid region have struggled with a lack of water. But over the last decades, thanks to support from IFAD and other development actors, these communities are squeezing a few more drops of water from Mother Nature.

The potential and unknowns of gender transformative approaches

July 2021
With less than a decade left to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, the sobering current global trajectory is one in which it will take roughly 170 years to achieve gender equality. The current global pandemic has both made gender inequalities more visible and worsened them, including in food systems.

Seeing the invisible, doing the impossible: A young Nigerian entrepreneur’s journey to success

July 2021
Dorothy Chia Vandefan is nothing if not insightful. She describes herself as a serious-minded agricultural entrepreneur who can create opportunities where there seem to be none – and she’s right.

In Moldova, new frontiers for the honeybee business

June 2021
Thanks to an IFAD-supported grant, Ecaterina’s honey business is taking off – and now she and her fellow entrepreneurs have a bigger market reach than ever before.

Recipes for Change: A conversation with Chef Shane Chartrand

June 2021
For over a decade, Chef Shane Chartrand has been on a personal and culinary journey: figuring out what it means to be of Cree descent and of Métis upbringing, and how to integrate that into being a professional chef living and working in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Treaty 6 territory.

Grass funds: Tradition meets ingenuity in Brazil’s sertão

June 2021
Too many people assume Brazil’s fundo de pasto communities are relics of the past. Today, they’re at work uniting centuries-old traditions with contemporary food systems.

11 reasons why remittances are important

June 2021
Every year, on 16 June, the International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR) is observed to raise further awareness on the abnegation and sacrifice of migrant workers, who support their families and communities of origin through the money they send back home, particularly in these times of crisis.

Climate-smart agriculture supports food systems in rural Georgia

June 2021
Through the use of climate-smart agriculture techniques, an IFAD-supported project is helping rural Georgian farmers holistically restore their local and regional ecosystems.

The community bakery empowering Egypt’s rural women

May 2021
In a country where artisanal bread is the rule rather than the exception, the Qena community bakery stands out among the rest – and it’s run entirely by rural women.

Food from fallows: capitalizing on idle land for better food security in South Asia

May 2021
Every year after the rice harvest in South Asia, a vast area of over 15 million hectares lies idle (fallow) until the next rice planting season several months later. Scientists in countries like Bangladesh, India and Nepal think the fallow land could, and should, be used for additional crops that increase farmer incomes and food security.

How innovation is helping tea growers in Sri Lanka

May 2021
Sri Lanka has been a global supplier of tea since the plant was first imported to the island about a hundred and fifty years ago. Since then, tea estates have often been passed down from generation to generation, weathering good times and bad.

From Kenya: the Ogiek honey Slow Food Presidium

May 2021
The entire Ogiek belief system and livelihood relies on the forest and its resources, with honey being the most important product and a staple food for Ogiek families.

Restoring ecosystem services in the Peruvian Andes

May 2021
In the Andes of Peru, rural farmers are helping to restore the region’s degraded lands and improve water security.

How to change a life: Household mentoring makes a difference in northern Uganda

May 2021
They say that leaders aren’t born, but made. That’s certainly true for Molly Ajok.

In Nicaragua, coffee and cocoa make life sweeter

May 2021
NICADAPTA works closely with producer cooperatives to help them sustainably access coffee and cocoa markets. The results are making life not only sweeter, but also better.

The Maasai of Kenya and the Red Maasai sheep slow food presidium

April 2021
The rights of indigenous peoples to control their land according to their own needs and decisions is fundamental to protect their livelihoods and defend the biodiversity of native animal breeds and plant varieties.

Struggle, strength and wisdom: Snapshots of Bangladesh’s women farmers

April 2021
The story of agriculture in Bangladesh is also a story of the resilience of Bangladeshi women. If women have the chance to participate in decision-making, the whole community benefits.

What we are reading on food systems

April 2021
As we approach the UN Food Systems Summit here are some suggested reads on transforming our food systems for people, and planet.

In Kyrgyzstan, new technology preserves age-old pastures

April 2021
Urmatbek Omurbekov remembers a time when grazing his livestock was a purely offline affair. Every spring, herders like him would bring their animals to the foothills of the majestic Tian Shah Mountains to let them fatten up for the next winter.

The promises the olive grove holds: Fadieh’s story

April 2021
Growing olive trees in Jordan, one of the driest countries in the world, isn’t easy. Every day, Fadieh and her family spend hours tilling the soil and tending to the trees, but the most demanding task is keeping the trees hydrated.

Digital information service helps small-scale farmers respond to COVID-19

April 2021
The Kenya National Farmers’ Federation is implementing a mobile information platform to serve its members and other Kenyan farmers.

Helping remittances reach rural areas in Moldova

March 2021
For some time now, it has been difficult to find well-paid work in Moldova. Most of the good jobs available are concentrated in the cities, resulting in significant migration out of the country’s rural areas.

Restoring Morocco’s mountain ecosystems with reforestation

March 2021
In many areas of rural Morocco, climate change has led to widespread erosion and desertification, causing steep declines in soil quality. This makes farmland less productive, endangering the livelihoods of the area’s small-scale farmers.

Why water is crucial for sustainable food systems

March 2021
Enhancing irrigation efficiency is not a priority in policy agendas, being overshadowed by the global issue of access to drinking water and sanitation.

Linking families, farms and schools in Guatemala

March 2021
Many Guatemalans struggle with hunger and food insecurity, especially the nation’s children. In too many cases, lack of access to adequate food leaves children feeling weak and unable to concentrate in school, complicating both their physical and intellectual growth.

The power of options

March 2021
Like other women on Santiago, the largest island of Cabo Verde, Maria Lizita Varela used to rely on sand extraction as a source of income. It was thankless, dangerous work.

Big dreams come true in Turkey’s smallest district

March 2021
Meltem Gözel’s day begins at 07.00 each morning. Before the sun has risen, she’s already at work in her greenhouses, tending to her mushrooms.

Pioneering development in rural Uzbekistan

February 2021
Starting over is never easy, whether you’re an individual person or an entire nation. Nevertheless, the economy of Uzbekistan has made incredible progress in recent years.

Countries worldwide are stepping up to support rural farmers living in poverty

February 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on smallholder farmers in low-income countries who have struggled to access to markets, labourers, technology, and key resources amid physical distancing mandates, shifting government funding priorities, and plunging income levels.

Bringing home the bacon: Digitalization helps Chinese pig farmers scale up

February 2021
Zhenba County, nestled in the mountains of China’s Shaanxi province, has long been known for its traditional bacon, expertly smoked and cured to produce an unmatched flavor.

How radio came to the rescue in Nepal

February 2021
Last March, when Nepal went into lockdown to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, Sarbaraj Bhandari realized he was in a bit of a fix. A goat farmer, he was in the process of upgrading and managing his goat-shed facilities with the help of extension services and technical support provided to farmers participating in the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development-led and IFAD-supported Agriculture Sector Development Programme (ASDP).

Indigenous food systems are at the heart of resilience

February 2021
Indigenous food systems represent a treasure trove of knowledge that contributes to well-being and health, benefiting communities, preserving a rich biodiversity, and providing nutritious food.

Unless we urgently rethink agriculture, more diseases will jump species

January 2021
As the world grapples with the current pandemic, other threats, not least our climate emergency, have not gone away. The science is clear that without urgent global action, the climate and broader environmental crisis could be worse.

To “green” the Sahel, we need big plans and small actions

January 2021
The best way to make the desert bloom is to dig a hole. Not a well, but a shallow pit in the sandy soil about as wide as the length of your forearm. Then add some dung, plant your seeds, and wait for the rains.

Take our end-of-year quiz!

December 2020
A lot has happened over the last year – besides a global pandemic. See how much you were paying attention by taking our end of year quiz!

A year in review: Nurturing resilient rural communities in a time of change

December 2020
2020 has been a tumultuous year. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone across the world – and meanwhile, the other challenges faced by rural people across the globe haven’t gone away.

Chef Bowerman wishes our readers Happy Holidays with this festive treat

December 2020
To celebrate with all our readers and supporters and wish you Happy Holidays, we asked our Recipes for Change chefs to share some festive recipes to enjoy during the holiday season.

Five reasons IFAD is putting small-scale farmers at the forefront of food systems transformation

December 2020
Our current food systems are not sustainable. Hunger has been on the rise for several years, with an estimated 811 million people worldwide going hungry in 2020 – and with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, up to 132 million more people are expected to join this number soon.

The first woman camel farmer in North Africa: Imen’s story

December 2020
Benguerdane is a small town in the desert plain of El Ouara, a region in the extreme south-east of Tunisia, just a few kilometres away from the Libyan border. The climate there is forbiddingly arid, and the main source of livelihood is raising livestock like sheep and goats.

How Bhutan is showing the way in building crop biodiversity

December 2020
For countries like Bhutan – nestled in the high Himalayas, historically isolated and topographically challenging – ensuring food security is vital.

Three ways we’re using digital technologies to fight rural poverty in the NEN region

December 2020
Digital technologies have become our constant companions over the last few decades. Devices like smartphones and laptops have become even more relevant after the COVID-19 outbreak, helping us stay in touch even in times of physical distance.

Resilience in rural Syria: Welcoming back tourists with fresh-baked pastries

November 2020
After a decade of conflict, local tourists are slowly starting to return to the pristine mountainsides just a short drive outside Latakia, Syria. Visitors to the village of Zaghreen, in particular, are greeted by the aroma of Issam Mohammad Hamoody’s freshly-baked pastries.

Rural youth, innovation and tradition: the challenge of a new order

November 2020
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the reinvention of the agricultural sector is indispensable today. In fact, it is already beginning to take place with young people at the heart of it.

Resilience in rural Syria: The sound of songbirds

November 2020
Conflict has paralyzed much of Syria’s rural economy over the past decade. People throughout the countryside often repeat what has become a common quote: “No sound is louder than the sound of gunshots.” But at least one woman in rural Syria is listening to a different tune.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

November 2020
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.

16 days of activism against gender-based violence: Building a brighter future for women and girls

November 2020
Violence against women is far more than a violation of human rights. It undermines women’s physical and mental health, as well as their ability to be happy and productive members of their societies.

Resilience in rural Syria: An entrepreneurial spirit conquers hardships

November 2020
Determination and perseverance are what make an entrepreneur successful. That’s doubly true in a country like Syria, where ongoing conflict has disrupted people’s lives for the past decade.

No place like home: Moldovan youth bring business to the countryside

November 2020
Moldova’s agriculture sector is increasingly developing and modernizing. This is due both to an increased presence in lucrative markets like the European Union and to the efforts deployed by IFAD and the Government of Moldova to help restructure the sector, largely through sustained investments and financial support to small-scale farmers, to accompany this modernization.

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