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Water, Rural Livelihoods, Jobs and Food: Planning a Sustainable Future

April 2016
With access to water and training, Priscilla began to plant maize, beans, peas and sweet potatoes to sell in local markets and also began to produce chickens

Celebrating International Youth Day 2015

April 2016
Today's generation of young people – defined by the United Nations as those aged 15 to 24 – is the largest in history. An estimated 87 per cent of the world's young people live in developing countries, and the majority live in rural areas. However, in the world's poorest countries, opportunities for youth are often limited or non-existent, leaving them marginalized politically, economically and socially.

The Power of Knowledge: how access to information could reduce conflict and increase food security in the Arab world

April 2016
The Arabspatial knowledge platform emerged as part of the IFAD-IFPRI partnership to promote open-access data and M&E tools for the Arab World. Not a day

Burkina Faso Farmers Working Together for a Better Future

April 2016
Smallholder farmers from the Sahelian part of Burkina Faso are becoming increasingly vulnerable to climate change. Rising temperatures are accelerating

Why are rural youth leaving farming?

April 2016
Unemployment for youth is a growing concern in Africa. Youth account for 60 per cent of all unemployed, according to the World Bank. 6 April, Rome – Rural

Access to land and water critical for smallholder farmers

April 2016
12, November 2015 – A few years ago environmental specialist Ray Gama began working with small farmers in Swaziland's Lubombo region, an area known for

Climate change poses new challenges for farmers in central Ecuador

April 2016
Francisco Don Pacho Garcés is a farmer from Ecuador and the president of the local small farmers’ association for Fray Mariano Benitez. He has seen first-hand

How an innovative 'sand' dam is causing a rush for water in Somalia

March 2016
In the sub-regions of Maaroodi-Jeex and Awdal, in the arid and semi-arid region of Somaliland, an innovative water management solution is helping small farmers stay in business despite the changing weather patterns.

The benefits of bamboo: support for livelihoods, the environment and women’s empowerment

March 2016
An IFAD grant-supported programme has demonstrated the enormous potential of bamboo in contributing to rural poverty reduction in several countries in

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