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Ibrahiem Abo Zeid: no jobs for the young

December 2014
Ibrahiem Abo Zeid, 55, a semi-retired resident of Dondeed village, Dakahlia province, Egypt, describes the last 10 years as "the peak of suffering for

Zhang Guobao: 'physical strength is our capital'

December 2014
Zhang Guobao – of Donghao village, Hebei province, China – is a widower of 43 who lost his sight in a mining accident in 2002. "Physical strength is our

Li Guimin: business matters

December 2014
Li Guimin, aged 50, lives in Donghao village, Hebei province, China, where she has been head of the Village Women Deputies Committee since 1995. In addition

Oumar Diédhiou: education helps farmers

December 2014
Oumar Diédhiou is a single man of 22 living in the village of Badiana, Casamance province, Senegal. He has two brothers and one sister, and has been the

Abibatou Goudiaby: "all I know is farming"

December 2014
Abibatou Goudiaby, aged 21 and married with three children, lives in Kagnarou village, Casamance, Senegal. She says, "Of course I would do something better

Pascaline Bampoky: “women are good managers”

December 2014
"I believe that if you come into a community, you have to follow its mode of functioning," says Pascaline Bampoky, a 30-year-old mother of three and a

Abdoulaye Badji: farming needs modernizing: education helps farmers

December 2014
Abdoulaye Badji, aged 50 and a member of the Jola ethnic group, lives in Senegal's southern province of Casamance. He supports his own family and two of

Bakary Diédhiou: borrowing money to buy food

December 2014
"l am a peasant. I plough and it is what I harvest that I use to feed my family," states 60-year- Bakary Diédhiou of Tenghory, Casamance province in Senegal.

Bintou Sambou: “marriage is a shelter against poverty”

December 2014
Bintou Sambou is a 45-year-old widow. She lives at her father's compound in Bignona, Casamance province, Senegal, together with her four children. Bintou

Safiétou Goudiaby: “the land dries up”

December 2014
Safiétou Goudiaby, who is about 70, lives in Kagnarou, Casamance province in Senegal. She is still farming, as she has done all her life, growing mainly

Vietnam’s rice production threatened by climate change

December 2014
is the world's second largest exporter of rice and 80 percent of it is grown in the Mekong Delta, a vast flood plain and one of Asia's most fertile

Background to the Senegal interviews

December 2014
Location The narrators come from different villages in Senegal's southern province of Casamance. Some 40 kilometres from the coast, these villages are

Background to the Pakistan interviews

December 2014
Location All of the narrators in Pakistan come from Akhoon Bandi village, Haripur district, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North West Frontier

Background to the Madagascar interviews

December 2014
Location All of the narrators in Madagascar come from Tanandava, a collection of small villages in the Faux Cap area of the Androy region. This remote

Ibrahiem Abo Zeid: interview transcript

December 2014
Ibrahiem Abo Zeid lives in Dondeed, Dakahlia province, Egypt. He was aged 55 when he was interviewed on 24 November and 1 December 2009 for the Rural Poverty

Zhang Guobao: interview transcript

December 2014
Zhang Guobao is a farmer living in Donghao village, Qinglong Man autonomous county, Hebei province, China. He was aged 43 at the time he was interviewed

Li Guimin: interview transcript

December 2014
Li Guimin is a farmer and businesswoman living in Donghao village, Qinglong Man autonomous county, Hebei province, China. She was aged 50 when she was

On World Food Day, exploring Africa’s agricultural potential interactively

December 2014
15 OCTOBER 2015 – IFAD and the agricultural coalition have launched a new interactive infographic in the run-up to World Food Day, 16 October. The launch

Investing in sustainable development in small island states

November 2014
18 August 2014 – The will be held from 1-4 September in Apia, Samoa, raising global awareness about the drive for sustainable development in a group of

Ethiopia's youth making their mark in agriculture

November 2014
4 November 2014 – Until now, farming has not been an obvious choice for Ethiopia's youth. Barriers to owning land and other assets have fuelled the steady migration of young people to urban centres.

Bhutan farmers’ groups find sustainable markets by catering to local schools and institutions

June 2014
The IFAD-supported instead is providing new and sustainable markets in rural Bhutan. The project is already helping to increase farmers' income while contributing

IFAD adopts comprehensive policy on gender equality – a key to rural development

May 2014
ROME, Italy, 4 April 2012 – In rural households throughout the developing world, women and girls work hard each day to protect their families' basic rights

Kenya's farm makeover show, Shamba Shape-Up, offers practical advice to smallholders

May 2014
7 MAY 2014 – With the fourth and latest series of Shamba Shape-Up – Kenya's most watched agriculture TV show – well under way, IFAD staff have been talking to smallholder farmers about a range of practical issues, from cow care and livestock resilience to climate-change adaption.

Family farmers grow fruit and vegetables thanks to irrigation schemes in Rwanda

May 2014
Popularly known as ‘the land of a thousand hills' – U Rwanda rw'imisozi igihumbi – Rwanda has a beautiful landscape made up of endless undulating hills and valleys stretching as far as the eye can see.

Successful IFAD-supported project helps influence national policy in The Gambia

May 2014
The Gambia is taking steady steps towards prosperity by scaling up proven land and water management practices across the country and developing national policies to back these efforts.

Background to the Senegal interviews

September 2013
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Living up to the challenge of creating market linkages in Mozambique

May 2013
Trying to create a profitable agricultural market where smallholder farmers were previously involved in subsistence farming is a very difficult task and sometimes an uphill struggle.

Promoting micro-finance services for the youth

May 2013
Successfully involving youth in agriculture can be a serious challenge, especially when young people living in remote rural areas are disempowered because of lack of assets and limited economic prospects.

Agro processing facilities at farmers' doorstep has improved incomes

May 2013
The Community Agriculture Infrastructure Improvement Programme (CAIIP) is an US$81.9 million programme, co-financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the African Development Bank. It is implemented in 35 Districts in Central and Eastern Uganda.

Participatory process for road selection becomes a best practice in Mozambique

May 2013
In rural Mozambique many smallholder farmers are prevented from selling their products to the market because of a lack of good access roads in remote rural areas.

Reaching the poorest through household mentoring

May 2013
The poorest of the rural poor are always difficult to target, for both IFAD and governments. Often illiterate and isolated, they have such great needs that reaching them on a significant scale remains a challenge.

Stimulating development through a poverty alleviation fund

April 2013
The Northern Mindanao Community Initiatives and Resource Management Project helped develop the abilities of poor rural communities to play an active role in their own economic and social development. One way the project achieved this was by setting up a poverty alleviation fund in selected municipalities.

Mozambique: Helping fishing communities help themselves

May 2012
Small-scale fishing communities in Mozambique struggle to eke out a living in remote areas with depleting resources. An IFAD-supported project has helped build artisanal fishers' capacity to improve their livelihoods while reducing pressure on resources, and to link with higher authorities to ensure that their concerns are voiced at the ministerial level.

In Niger, IFAD and partners achieve results against the odds

March 2012
In many ways, Niger is a country on the edge. Geographically, its productive farmland is confined to a narrow, semi-arid band across the south. Politically, it remains stable in the wake of peaceful elections held last year, but crises in neighbouring Libya, Mali and northern Nigeria have driven thousands of refugees across its borders. Socially and economically, its human development indicators are low, and it is among the poorest nations in the world.

Beyond the Arab Awakening: Research panel links food security and conflict in the Middle East and North Africa

January 2012
As popular discontent swept across much of the Arab world over the past year, some observers were puzzled. “How is it,” asked the World Bank’s World Development Report 2011, “that countries in the Middle East and North Africa could face explosions of popular grievances despite, in some cases, sustained high growth and improvement in social indicators?”

Burundi back on its feet: rebuilding after conflict

January 2012
"When the massacres began in 1993 we were forced to take sides, seeking protection with either the government or the rebels", says Jean-Claude Sindayihebura, who is from Burambi in Bururi province.

Equity investment in rural Armenia: A business model with a development impact

January 2012
When is an equity investment fund more than just a money machine? When it focuses on development rather than quick riches. That's exactly what a unique IFAD project has been doing in Armenia since 2009, with investments in the country's food-processing sector designed to expand markets and improve the economic prospects of smallholder farmers. Known as the Fund for Rural Economic Development in Armenia (FREDA), the initiative combines elements of both development assistance and banking.

A Tanzanian Mother Teresa is born: Pauline Samata, the "bamboo saint"

May 2011
The International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) estimates that approximately 1.5 billion people depend in some way or another on bamboo and rattan.

Bringing land plots together to increase agricultural productivity

May 2011
Intensifiying agricultural production is one of the key objectives of the Rwandan government to reduce poverty and guarantee food security. The Crop Intensification Programme (CIP) was introduced in 2007 at the national level to increase agricultural productivity and reduce import of staple agricultural products such as rice.

Boosting knowledge and financial security in Peru

May 2011
Increasing the knowledge and assets of poor families is an effective way to fight poverty. An innovative IFAD-supported project in the southern highlands of Peru provides grants directly to small producers and to farmers’ organizations so they can develop new income opportunities.

The grass is greener: rehabilitating the Syrian Badia

May 2011
After years of intensive grazing and severe drought, the Syrian steppe, or Badia, has become badly degraded. An IFAD-supported project is working with local communities to regenerate and manage the rangelands for long- term productivity. Rehabilitation has restored vegetation and helped reduce herders' vulnerability to drought and the effects of climate change.

Graduating to a new life farming Egypt’s desert

May 2011
An innovative scheme in Egypt is creating work for the country’s large number of unemployed graduates and boosting the economy by reclaiming agricultural land from the desert.

Helping nomadic families prepare for a complex future in Mongolia

May 2011
Mongolia’s punishing climate and short growing season limit the variety in people’s diets and require families to work hard during the brief summer.

Island groups reap the benefits of a new Pacific agricultural centre

May 2010
A new agricultural research centre is helping Pacific islanders fight the effects of climate change and feed their people. Its work in crop production and improving soil fertility under island conditions offers benefits not just for the Pacific region, but for island groups throughout the world.

Learning new horticultural techniques to raise income

May 2010
Lobi is one of the most remote areas in Malawi. Located west of the market town of Dedza along the Mozambican border, it takes one hour travelling on a track road to reach the area.

How the Kenya Women Finance Trust became a model lender

May 2009
Sometimes, numbers speak louder than words. Six years ago, the Kenya Women Finance Trust (KWFT) was losing around US$290,000 a year. By 2006, it was posting annual profits of US$1.87 million and changing the lives of more than 100,000 poor women. By any standard, this is a remarkable turnaround. But behind the numbers lies an even more remarkable story.

Monitoring social transformation for the vulnerable using visioning and household mentoring

May 2009
The District Livelihoods Support Programme (DLSP), implemented by the Ministry of Local Government in Uganda, and funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has been piloting the use of visioning and household mentoring as a new approach to tackle rural poverty among poor communities.

Farmers’ associations: unleashing innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit

February 2009
In the Lilongwe district of Malawi, a farmers’ association has made a significant difference in the lives of the local community by providing training and enabling its members to negotiate higher prices for their crops.

An ancient form of water management helps farmers in Eritrea cope with water scarcity

February 2009
Water is precious in Eritrea, where farmers have to cope with droughts and crop failures. With support from the government and an IFAD-funded project, farmers and herders are expanding spate irrigation, an ancient form of water management. By harnessing floodwaters and collecting run-off, farmers can provide enough water for the crop season. Now some farmers can obtain yields that are six times what they used to be.

Increasing access to financial services for poor rural people through policy dialogue and strengthened institutions

February 2009
"Joining a SACCO opened my eyes, for long I did not know the benefits. All my enterprises now are supported by the SACCO, so why not value it especially at my age?" asks Paddy Musasizi of Ndeija Sub County, Rwampara District.

Sacred Cows of Rwanda

January 2009
For small farmers in Rwanda, livestock and cows in particular, are an important element of a household, considered as an economic asset as well as a symbol of wealth and social status.

Nepal’s ‘poorest of the poor’ reap the benefits of innovative leasehold project

October 2008
In the Middle Hills district of Nepal, an IFAD-funded project has helped reverse environmental degradation and bring people out of poverty. As a result of the project’s impressive impact, the government adopted a leasehold forest policy in 2002 and integrated the approach in its poverty strategy.

Villagers and aid workers alike benefit from census project in Niger

June 2008
Poor villagers in the Aguie area of Niger are discovering the many, unexpected benefits of keeping detailed records of their households and assets. As part of a new databank system introduced by IFAD in 2005, local people are developing a detailed census drawn from 27,000 individuals in 22 villages.

A successful public/private partnership: vegetable oil production in Uganda

June 2008
It is quite a challenge to develop a major domestic industry that brings public and private investors together and also nurtures the interests of small-scale producers. An IFAD-funded project in Uganda is rising to that challenge by helping to forge a highly innovative partnership between small-scale producers of palm oil and a private sector operator.

Guinea pigs bring prosperity to poor women in China

May 2008
Poor women in a remote region of China have built up their businesses and worked their way out of poverty thanks to an IFAD-supported project that has taught them how to raise guinea pigs.

From subsistence farming to profit: the benefits of agro-wells in Sri Lanka

May 2008
Large, well-constructed ‘agro-wells' are making farming profitable for farmers living in dry areas of Sri Lanka. Farmers in the dry areas of the district of Matale benefited from the Regional Economic Advancement Project (REAP) from 1999 to 2007.

In Ghana, rewards continue long after programme officially closes

February 2008
Thanks to an IFAD-supported programme in north-east Ghana, women's groups are still building their small-scale ruminant-breeding businesses, feeding their families and sending their children to school 13 years on.

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