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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 system

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.

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).

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.

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 690 million people worldwide going hungry in 2019 – 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.

Linking small-scale producers to markets in Lebanon

November 2020
Apple season in Lebanon is much like apple season in many other parts of the world. But in Lebanon, apple growers – along with small-scale farmers of all kinds – face a number of constraints on their ability to efficiently grow and sell their crops.

Supporting rural women’s land rights

November 2020
In many parts of the world, full participation in society – including the ability to earn an income – is still dependent on owning (or having the rights to) land.

Keeping the family happy and healthy: Hafeeza’s story

November 2020
Four years ago, back-to-back misfortunes upended Hafeeza Begum’s life. She knew it fell to her to get her young family back on their feet.

Green jobs for youth: What works and what’s missing?

October 2020
Rural young people are increasingly concerned about the environment. Many of them work in sectors that are threatened by climate change, and they’re well aware that their industry and food systems will need to become more resilient and sustainable than ever before.

Idris and Sabrina Elba call for investments in rural agriculture to fight rising hunger

October 2020
For Idris Elba, returning to Sierra Leone late last year was about two things: reconnecting with his roots and learning about the challenges facing the country where his father was born, so that he could become a better advocate for its people

“Cashroots” movement builds community resilience in the Solomon Islands

October 2020
Simon Chottu works hard and plays hard. An events manager by trade, he’s spent the last few years hosting hip-hop parties and organizing music events and competitions across the South Pacific.

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
Life in the countryside isn’t always easy – especially for rural women, whose contributions and successes have only recently begun to receive the attention they deserve.

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.”

Sending money home: Ten reasons why remittances matter, now more than ever

June 2020
Every year, on 16 June, the International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR) is observed in recognition of the fundamental contribution of migrant workers to their families and communities back home and to the sustainable development of their countries of origin.

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.

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