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Rural women: The key to building back better in a post-COVID world

October 2020
In times of crisis, rural women are the key that holds families and rural communities together – and in times like these, they need our support more than ever.

Nourishing a sustainable cocoa trade in the Solomon Islands

October 2020
On a dusty side street in Auki, a seaside market town on the island of Malaita, Arania Enterprises is bustling.

IFAD-supported projects help women come back to the countryside

October 2020
La vida en las zonas rurales no siempre es fácil, especialmente para las mujeres, cuyas contribuciones y éxitos no han recibido la atención que merecen hasta hace bien poco.

Taking back springtime: IFAD-supported project revitalizes irrigation in remote China

October 2020
The return of spring to Santiaogou, a tiny village nestled high in China’s remote, mountainous Qinghai province, should have been idyllic.

Keeping food on the table and preventing food loss when business is not as usual

September 2020
We are living in difficult times. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and all the fallout that has ensued, nothing is quite as easy as it was – unless, of course, you can do it from the comfort of your home, armed with a smartphone and a good internet connection.

Towards zero food waste in Indonesia’s fishing communities

September 2020
Along Indonesia’s coastal communities, many small-scale fishers struggle to make a living. Indonesia is the world’s third largest producer of fish, but many of these communities have historically lacked access to the technology and resources they needed to preserve their catch until it reaches the markets, which are usually far from their rural coastal inlets.

Rome-based agencies establish SSTC collaboration to benefit cassava production in the Congo

September 2020
In dozens of homes across Bouenza, the volunteers gathered around their kitchen tables, ready to taste-test a new variety of flour.

On the UN’s 75th anniversary, IFAD joins the call for greater global cooperation and solidarity

September 2020
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, an organization whose commitment is to bring nations together to preserve peace and security and improve lives. IFAD is symbolic of that commitment.

Behind the scenes of an IFAD project: Your top questions answered

September 2020
There’s a lot of careful and detailed work that goes on in support of what IFAD does for the poor people living in some of the world’s most rural areas, and you’ve been asking about it!

Seeds to riches: The story of a 29-year-old millionaire

September 2020
Sumaka Japhet is a young rice seed cultivator and agricultural entrepreneur. We had heard of his success and local fame as a millionaire – and during one of our field visits, we travelled a long and bumpy road to meet him.

Reaping the rewards: Infrastructure brings opportunities for rural Chinese livestock farmers

August 2020
The villages of Naihe and Zhaowa, nestled in the hilly Liupanshan area of China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, are surrounded by world-famous rugged beauty.

Holding on: IFAD-supported programme sustains assets – and rural livelihoods

August 2020
The restrictions put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Pakistan were designed to keep the population safe and healthy, but have spelled severe losses for many rural businesses.

Nepali youth prepare for their dream jobs with IFAD-supported courses

August 2020
Ranjana Chaudhary’s story sounds like the stories of many thousands, if not millions, of young people in Nepal.

Shining the development spotlight on youth

August 2020
As a result of the pandemic, the equivalent of 400 million full-time jobs have already been lost worldwide, and a further 71 million to 100 million people could consequently be pushed into extreme poverty.

Indigenous youth in agriculture during COVID-19

August 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many people to re-examine everything: their priorities, their jobs, even their roles in society.

Smartphones keep track of IFAD projects’ achievements and challenges in Brazil during COVID-19

July 2020
For all the chaos they bring, crises also have a way of giving birth to unexpected opportunities. One way they do this is by urging people to develop new tools to help them resist disaster.

Free-range chicken farming a success in remote Viet Nam

July 2020
At first, when Nguyen Thi Bich decided to try her hand at highland chicken farming, she didn’t quite know what to expect.

Member State delegates welcome Special Envoys in support of IFAD’s Twelfth Replenishment

July 2020
IFAD’s Twelfth Replenishment (IFAD12) comes at a critical juncture. Hunger is on the rise across the globe, and progress against poverty has come to a standstill.

Annual Report 2019 reaffirms the importance of IFAD’s investments in challenging times

July 2020
In 2020, the world is seeing once again that when crisis strikes, it is the poorest and most vulnerable people who suffer the most.

From project participant to project staff: Priscilla Torres’s story of growth

July 2020
Although you won’t find the little village of Wowetta on any Internet map, it’s the centre of the universe for Priscilla Torres, a 37-year-old Wapishana woman. A very active and outspoken mother of three, Priscilla is a true community leader.

Social media helps young rural Kenyan entrepreneurs battle the COVID-19 shutdown

July 2020
Until COVID-19 hit in March, the G-Star Youth Group’s banana processing factory was buzzing with activity.

The importance of data management for pastoral communities

July 2020
Globally, between 200 and 500 million pastoralists manage rangelands that cover over a third of the Earth’s landmass.

Indigenous knowledge – and resilience – in a COVID-19 world

July 2020
It is increasingly clear that human health and our relationship with nature are inescapably intertwined. This holds true across many dimensions of health, including the potential for the transmission of disease – just as we are seeing with the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The red gold of Azilal: How thyme and saffron empower women in Morocco's High Atlas

July 2020
Fatima Amaguar came home from university with an idea.

One small step: Empowering micro-, small and medium businesses across South Asia

July 2020
It is something of a paradox that, while there is broad agreement that micro-, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are an integral part of the economy in developing countries, they remain underserved.

Get sick or go hungry: Afghan nomads battle against COVID-19

June 2020
Since COVID-19 hit Afghanistan in mid-March, it has posed a dreadful dilemma for the Kuchis (Afghan nomads): get sick or go hungry.

Looking inward: I-Kiribati fight a double health crisis

June 2020
COVID-19 is not the only health crisis threatening to devastate the population of Kiribati. Cases of diet-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have tripled between 2005 and 2010.

From La Paz to Turco: Going back to the roots to start a new life

June 2020
Guadalupe Moller lives in Turco, a small community in rural western Bolivia. She’d spent most of her life in La Paz, Bolivia’s capital, but four years ago she moved back to Turco, where her family’s roots are.

Anka’s story: Working smarter – and fairer – in Montenegro

June 2020
For all its rugged, mountainous beauty, Montenegro can be a very hard place to live – especially for women.

Keeping exports flowing: Saving development gains in Rwanda

June 2020
When exports of dried pineapple resumed at the beginning of May, after the lockdown, Jean Damascène Hakuzimana, President of the Tuzamurane farmers’ cooperative, was relieved.

On tap: How regular water supply helped farmers discover a green thumb in Bhutan

June 2020
Despite the lush greenery that surrounds Ngarpongtang village in Thangrong, Bhutan, until recently, it was impossible to grow vegetables there. “I used to have to go to other villages to exchange pinewood for vegetables,” says Wangdi, a 54-year-old farmer. “We couldn’t get vegetables to grow here.”

Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on small-scale agriculture in The Gambia

May 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us just how vulnerable agricultural value chains are to external shocks – and how much more we need to do to build the sector’s resilience.

Planting seeds in the new normal: Rural women in Pakistan amid COVID-19

May 2020
In rural Pakistan, women are important partners in agricultural development. They perform a variety of crucial tasks, including weeding and tilling land, planting seeds, collecting farmyard manure and harvesting. They are also responsible for cleaning, drying and storing grains.

In Brazil, a “quiet revolution” for rural women makes the invisible visible

May 2020
In north-eastern Brazil, as in so many other places, rural women's work is often invisible. But a revolution is taking place – and IFAD is a part of it.

Bees, biodiversity and COVID-19 - World Bee Day

May 2020
Bees support countless ecosystems, bolster biodiversity, anchor food chains and help ensure humans’ agricultural security. Not bad for insects no bigger than a paperclip.

Fast and flexible: IFAD’s first successful project restructuring protects smallholders in Bosnia and Herzegovina

May 2020
The COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted agricultural and food systems around the world, along with the livelihoods and food security of the poorest rural communities – precisely the groups of people whom IFAD concentrates its efforts on.

Stay at home! Savings, contingencies and electronic wallet use

May 2020
Without initially knowing it, last year more than 13,000 young women in Colombia began to prepare for the current economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

No ordinary solution: Afro-Colombian ingenuity in the fight against COVID-19

May 2020
The story of the Afro-Colombian community has always been one of resilience. Historically, this group has faced the country’s highest rates of poverty and food insecurity, and has lacked access to many basic services.

Before and during COVID-19, an e-voucher initiative makes a difference for Kenyan farmers

May 2020
Victoria Muteti, a 44-year old farmer living in Kenya’s Makueni County, has many reasons to be satisfied. In January 2020, she was able to harvest more than 2,500 kilograms of sorghum from her 2.5-acre farm – far more than the 1,000 kg she harvested in 2019.

Chef Bela Gil’s pesto-millet balls: A lockdown-friendly recipe

May 2020
We’ve been asking our Recipes for Change chefs to tell us how they are adapting to life during the coronavirus pandemic – and to share a delicious recipe that can be made with basic cupboard ingredients.

Empowering and protecting rural women in the time of coronavirus

May 2020
The April morning sun beats down on Kontagora, a lively market town in central Nigeria. Generators hum as milling machines husk the brown bran from rice grains, revealing glistening white kernels. COVID-19 is on everybody’s mind. But the thriving Tudun Wada South Rice Processors women’s cooperative is open for business.

Recipes for Change: Chef Lance Seeto’s homemade chicken, ginger and greens soup

April 2020
IFAD’s Recipes for Change chefs are adjusting to life in a world contending with COVID-19 – and as a part of that, they’re sharing some excellent recipes that you can make with ingredients you’ve already got in your home cupboard.

#IFADatwork: our mission in the time of COVID-19

April 2020
This interactive map shows how our colleagues, beneficiaries, and partners have continued working, while taking steps to stay safe.

Recipes for Change: India, Chilka Roti - Rice and Millet Crêpes

April 2020
The state of Jharkhand, in eastern India, faces high rates of child malnourishment and mortality. As a rainfed region, it is also highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

IFAD-funded water system helps Kenyan students stay safe

April 2020
Last month, we brought you the story of the Mukurwe-ini Technical Training Institute, a school in Kenya’s Nyeri county whose new roof water harvesting system was improving the lives of the students, staff and nearby residents. In recent days, with Kenya now affected by COVID-19, we reached out to Patrick Muchemi, principal of the Institute.

Recipes for Change: Chef Pierre Thiam shares a lockdown-friendly vegan chilli recipe

April 2020
IFAD’s Recipes for Change chefs are carrying on with life under lockdown by sharing some excellent recipes that you can make with ingredients you’ve already got in your home cupboard. Senegalese Chef Pierre Thiam joins us from his home in New York State with a delicious recipe for vegan chilli.

Solidarity and flexibility: IFAD-supported artisans produce masks and hairnets to fight coronavirus in Brazil

April 2020
An organization of artisan women, facing a slowdown in their work due to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, has begun to make protective gear for local health care workers.

Recipes For Change: Chef Bowerman’s take on cooking from home under lockdown

March 2020
As the world adjusts to life with COVID-19, we’re asking our Recipes for Change chefs to share some world-class recipes that you can make with ingredients you’ve already got in your home cupboard. Michelin-starred Chef Cristina Bowerman shares two simple and nutritious recipes involving chickpeas.

A future for students with water, vegetables and roses

March 2020
In Kenya’s Nyeri county, sustainable water system technologies have substantially improved the lives of students, staff and surrounding communities and have opened up a brighter future for many.

Recipes for Change: Dhindo – corn flour purée with nettle leaf curry and pickled tomatoes – Nepal

March 2020
Climate change is contributing to increasing temperatures and droughts in Nepal, where corn and tomatoes are a staple food.

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