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Joseph Nganga, Programme Officer

January 2016
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.

Seiko Yabumoto, Assistant

January 2016
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.

Building a better life for rural youth in El Salvador

November 2015
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

November 2015
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

October 2015
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

August 2015
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

August 2015
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

July 2015
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

July 2015
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

July 2015
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

July 2015
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

Community Radio reaching out to small scale farmers in Mozambique

May 2015
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.

What can Make or a Break a Farmer

May 2015
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.

Recipes for Change: Lamb tagine with Moroccan truffles

May 2015
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

April 2015
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

March 2015
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

March 2015
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.

Haiti: Sharing knowledge across the border with the Dominican Republic

March 2015
The border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic is a poor region, but it is critically important to both countries. On the Haitian side, in particular, there is substantial yet unexploited economic potential.

Exporting vegetables: a new challenge for Guatemalan indigenous women

March 2015
In the central highlands of Guatemala, indigenous rural families depend primarily on the land to make a living. The project Productive Capacity Building for Mujeres Cuatro Pinos, has worked with a cooperative made up of 275 indigenous women producers and their families, to diversify their income sources and improve their livelihoods.

Empowering communities to innovate for rural development

March 2015
Over the last 15 years, IFAD-funded development projects in the Southern Highlands of Peru have generated considerable knowledge, experience and good practices on empowering poor rural people and their associations. They have raised the interest of other IFAD and external practitioners and a high demand for knowledge sharing. Yet, the processes and methods that made these results possible remain poorly understood.

Rural transformation in Sierra Leone: Meeting the challenges of fragility and Ebola

February 2015
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Even before the Ebola crisis, Sierra Leone was a fragile state. At the time the outbreak hit in May 2014, the country had been slowly recovering from a brutal 10-year civil war that left hundreds of thousands internally displaced.

Equal rights begin in the home: household mentoring in Uganda

January 2015
Household mentoring is an innovative tool that provides the skills and knowledge that enable poor families to improve their well-being and incomes. And, as an IFAD-supported programme in Uganda has shown, it also promotes greater equality and shared decision-making among household members.

Rana Al Saadi, Arabic Senior Translator/Reviser

January 2015
As a Syrian translator/interpreter based in Damascus, I was not really aware of the pockets of extreme poverty in some of the rural areas of the country. I was recruited as a freelancer to accompany an Evaluation Committee mission to Jabal Alhus where IFAD financed a development project.

Moses Abukari, Regional Programme Manager

January 2015
Growing up in Ghana, I could not fathom why some people were less privileged than others. I yearned for an opportunity where I could support underprivileged people in and beyond my country.

What can you do about a vanishing nation?

December 2014
For the people of Kiribati, who live on narrow strips of land about the width of a city block just two metres above sea level, rising levels is a trend that spells disaster.

Pascaline Bampoky: interview transcript

December 2014
LPascaline Bampoky is a farmer and entrepreneur living in Bignona village, Casamance province, Senegal. She was aged 30 when she was interviewed on 11

Safiétou Goudiaby: interview transcript

December 2014
Safiétou Goudiaby is a farmer living in Kagnarou village, Casamance province, Senegal. She was about 70 years old when she was interviewed on 20 November

Oumar Diédhiou: interview transcript

December 2014
Oumar Diédhiou is a farmer living in Badiana village, Casamance province, Senegal. He was aged 22 when he was interviewed on 25 April 2010 for the Rural

Bintou Sambou: interview transcript

December 2014
Bintou Sambou lives in Bignona village, Casamance province, Senegal. She was aged 45 when she was interviewed on 5 December 2009 for the Rural Poverty

Bakary Diédhiou: interview transcript

December 2014
Bakary Diédhiou lives in Tenghory village, Casamance province, Senegal. He was aged 60 when he was interviewed on 6 December 2009 for the Rural Poverty

Abibatou Goudiaby: interview transcript

December 2014
Abibatou Goudiaby lives in Kagnarou, Casamance province, Senegal. She was aged 21 when she was interviewed on 26 April 2010 for the Rural Poverty Report

Abdoulaye Badji: interview transcript

December 2014
Abdoulaye Badji is a farmer living in Sindian village, Casamance province, Senegal. He was aged 50 when he was interviewed on 4 December 2009 for the Rural

José del Carmen Portocarrero Santillán: small harvests

December 2014
José del Carmen Portocarrero Santillán is 82 and has spent most of his life as a farmer in the Peruvian village of Ramos in the Amazonas region – like

José del Carmen Portocarrero Santillán: interview transcript

December 2014
José del Carmen Portocarrero Santillán is a farmer living in the village of Ramos in the province of Rodríguez of Mendoza, Amazonas region, Peru. He was

Elsa Espinoza Delgado: interview transcript

December 2014
Elsa Espinoza Delgado is a student who was aged 23 when she was interviewed on 30 November 2009 for the Rural Poverty Report 2011. The interview was conducted

Elsa Espinoza Delgado: promoting youth leadership

December 2014
Elsa Espinoza Delgado comes from the town of Copallin, in the Peruvian province of Bagua. Her father is a farmer of rice and cocoa. Life was no "golden

Doris Consuelo Sánchez Santillán: interview transcript

December 2014
Doris Consuelo Sánchez Santillán is a businesswoman living in the small town of Cheto in Chachapoyas province, Amazonas region, Peru. She was aged 36 when

Doris Consuelo Sánchez Santillán: supporting women through business

December 2014
Doris Consuelo Sánchez Santillán, 36 years old, lives in Cheto, Chachapoyas province, Peru, where she runs a successful small business making and selling

Williams Serafin Novoa Lizardo: interview transcript

December 2014
Williams Serafin Novoa Lizardo is a farmer living in the village of Ramos in the province of Rodríguez of Mendoza, Amazonas region, Peru. He was aged 20

Williams Serafin Novoa Lizardo: crops blighted by disease

December 2014
Williams Serafin Novoa Lizardo is 20 and the last but one of 12 siblings, of whom the oldest is 48. He lives with his farmer parents in Ramos, Santa Rosa,

Eliany Portocarrero Novoa: interview transcript

December 2014
Eliany Portocarrero Novoa is a student from the village of Ramos in the province of Rodríguez of Mendoza, Amazonas region, Peru. She was aged 15 when she

Eliany Portocarrero Novoa: concern for the environment

December 2014
Eliany Portocarrero Novoa, aged 15, comes from a peasant farming family in the village of Ramos in the Amazonas region of Peru and is a weekly boarder

Shazia Bibi: interview transcript

December 2014
Shazia Bibi lives in Akhoon Bandi village, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. She was in her mid-thirties when she was interviewed on 16 November 2009 for

Shazia Bibi: the many costs of illness

December 2014
Shazia Bibi, in her mid-thirties and a mother of three, lives in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, where she and her husband are small farmers. Much of her

Salma Bibi: interview transcript

December 2014
Salma Bibi lives in Akhoon Bandi village, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. She was aged 20 when she was interviewed on 25 April 2010 for the Rural Poverty

Salma Bibi: working collectively

December 2014
"Every girl in the village knows only tailoring," says 20-year-old Salma Bibi of Akhoon Bandi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Salma left school after primary

Rawela Jan: interview transcript

December 2014
Rawela Jan lives in Akhoon Bandi village, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. She was 40 years old when she was interviewed on 16 November 2009 for the Rural

Rasib Khan: interview transcript

December 2014
Rasib Khan is a labourer living in Akhoon Bandi village, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. He was 28 when he was interviewed on 18 January 2010 for the Rural

Rawela Jan: small returns from farming

December 2014
Rawela Jan is a 40-year-old married woman living inAkhoon Bandi, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. She has a son and a daughter. Another son committed suicide

Rasib Khan: “unemployment is increasing”

December 2014
"The person who has his own land is very lucky," says Rasib Khan, aged 28, from a family of landless peasants in the village of Akhoon Bandi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,

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