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A year of rural stories

December 2023
For countless people in IFAD-supported projects, 2023 was a year in which their lives changed. Here are some of the stories we told over the past 12 months.  

We must do more to curb obesity and overweight in low- and middle-income countries

August 2023
Overweight and obesity are on the rise in low- and middle-income countries. Here’s what we can do to help reverse this health crisis.

Five ways IFAD is making livestock more climate friendly

July 2023
Countless rural people depend on livestock for livelihoods, nutrition and traditional ways of life. Supporting small-scale farmers to become even greener can strengthen food systems, preserve livelihoods and benefit our planet.

It’s time we treat the transformation of food systems like the emergency that it is

July 2023
Our current food systems cannot keep up with the world’s growing population – as a result, millions face hunger. Now more than ever, countries must take action to transform how food gets from farm to plate.

As temperatures rise, so too does our need for diverse crops

July 2023
Drought is the number one cause of agricultural production loss. This is why IFAD supports small-scale farmers as they grow crops that are resilient, but often neglected.

Agricultural programmes are key to food security and dietary diversity

July 2023
Agricultural programmes are key to food security and dietary diversity in rural areas, we must continue investing in them.

Zero Hunger: Are we on track to achieve it by 2030?

July 2023
The SOFI 2023 report reveals that many people are still going hungry, with the world’s most vulnerable regions and people worst affected. We explore what is causing hunger today and how we can make real change, now.

From the field to our plates, rural people are transforming food systems

June 2023
Our food systems need to change. Around the world, small-scale farmers, fishers and rural producers are already leading the transformation – here’s how.

Why development is a smart investment even in unstable times

June 2023
In an age of multiple intersecting crises, only a holistic approach to both humanitarian and development assistance can disrupt the cycle.

Rural people rely on biodiversity. Here's how IFAD protects it

May 2023
Biodiversity is especially important for small-scale farmers. Here’s how IFAD is further integrating it into projects all over the world.

Rural people make a beeline for prosperity

May 2023
On World Bee Day, meet the pollinators buzzing to protect our planet and the rural people taking care of them.

Six proven ways to transform rural communities

March 2023
After 40 years working with rural people, here are some of the things we have learned to make our work under IFAD13 a success.

2022: Resilience in the face of adversity

December 2022
As we near the end of 2022, IFAD looks back on some of the themes that defined a year of dramatic change.

Rural people in crisis: The latest news from IFAD

December 2022
Rural people are still paying the highest price for the rise in food, fertilizer and fuel costs. The Crisis Response Initiative was set up as part of IFAD's ongoing efforts to build rural people's resilience to these shocks. Here are selected highlights on the crisis from our teams in the field.

What’s on the menu in 2050?

October 2022
What’s on the menu in 2050? For World Food Day, we contemplate what our plates might look like in the future and explore how the world’s small-scale farmers are revolutionizing what we eat.

It’s time to transform African agriculture. These numbers show why

September 2022
African agriculture is at a crucial juncture. It has enormous potential to not only feed Africa, but also the world. Yet, global conditions are holding small-scale African farmers back. Five numbers show how transforming African agriculture can make a big difference.

In Turkey, strawberry farms bring opportunities for rural youth

December 2021
Youth who grew up in the Taurus Mountains of Turkey have traditionally moved to the big cities to pursue their careers. But recently, thanks to an IFAD-supported project, the region’s farmers have begun growing strawberries. Highland strawberries are proving quite popular, driving the growth of a new regional value chain – and bringing the region’s youth back to the countryside to take part.

Highlights from COP26 – Friday 12 November 2021

November 2021
The end of COP26 is fast approaching, and we’re still waiting for a final agreement. However, based on the draft texts that have been released, it’s clear there’s still a risk of gaps between long-term targets and short-term action.

On the banks of the São Francisco, where fishing, tourism and social inclusion converge

November 2021
Brazil’s São Francisco river is a place of convergences. The river delta, and the stunning tropical forest surrounding it, is home to many different ethnic groups who settled there in search of a fresh start. Plans for a new ecotourism route that would allow visitors to experience the area’s rich culture and traditions were well under way – and then the pandemic struck. Nevertheless, one IFAD-funded project managed to support the region’s artisans and fishers.

Effective micro-organisms: The key to healthy soil and healthy diets in rural Lao

November 2021
Agriculture is the main source of income and livelihood in rural Lao. But Lao crops are highly climate-sensitive, leaving farmers with little room for error when it comes to climate adaptation.

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