Improving a community while fighting climate change

June 2016 - STORY
25 September 2015 – Bidhan Krishna Sarker never expected to become a farmer. Born in the remote Netrakona district in northern Bangladesh, his family lived

Ending extreme poverty through household mentoring

June 2016 - STORY
25 September 2015 – Generous Batebekyera wasn't always a successful maize and bean farmer in the village of Malere in western Uganda. A widow supporting

Improving livelihood througth livestock

June 2016 - STORY
25 September 2015 – Annonciata  Nsekugabanye never imagined she would one day be able to provide a dignified life for her family. A seasonal  labourer

Reducing hunger through agricultural cooperatives

June 2016 - STORY
An IFAD-funded project teach farmersin El Salvador how to develop a viable business and marketing plan, and identify needs for technical assistance.

Recovering lost traditions

May 2016 - STORY
Teófila Betancurth has spent over a decade fighting to preserve the traditional crops of her African and Latin American ancestors. Through the Chiyangua

Producing climate smart cassava in Mozambique

May 2016 - STORY
14 January 2016 – João Marcus Costa is a cassava farmer from Manjacaze, Mozambique. Like many Mozambican farmers, João's small cassava field used to face constant threats from drought, disease and pests. 

Transforming desert land into a profitable fruit oasis

May 2016 - STORY
25 September 2015 – It was only a few years ago that Wafaa Abu Shanab took a leap of faith and left the city, moving her family to the desert in West Noubaria,

Cashing in on cows

May 2016 - STORY
The IFAD-supported Smallholder Dairy Commercialization Programme (SDCP) shows how investing in agriculture  can transform lives and rural communities.

The importance of drinking water supplies for rural women

April 2016 - STORY
"A village hand pump or standpipe reduces the burden of water transport over long distances…" --Rural Povery Report, p. 97 THEME: Lack of convenient access

Water breathes new life into an isolated mountain village in Tajikistan

April 2016 - STORY
Tolib Yormahmadov and villagers lay water supply lines from a mountain spring 2.5km from the village Rome, 22 March – Tolib Yormahmadov lives in a valley

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

April 2016 - STORY
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 - STORY

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

A cross-continental partnership improves smallholder farmers’ lives

March 2016 - STORY
27 MARCH 2015 – Science is the pillar of improvement, and agriculture is the pillar of food security. Through the  programme, both of those pillars come

A family that works together can overcome poverty

March 2016 - STORY
As the Lead Technical Specialist of the IFAD Gender Team, Clare Bishop-Sambrook explained "IFAD has been developing HHMs for several years as an effective

Stewards of biodiversity adapt to a changing climate

March 2016 - STORY
Local varieties grown in the programme area. Clockwise from top: hands holding yellow maize, white maize and bambara groundnuts Zimbabwe: Scaling up People's

“Water is critical to development,” says IFAD expert

March 2016 - STORY
Access to water means Lake, a smallholder farmer in Ethiopia, no longer has to rely on food aid to survive. He is making an income and feeding his family.

World Water Day 2015: Water for sustainable development, water for life

March 2016 - STORY
WATER IS HEALTH. Farmer rinses fruit and vegetables using water from a new irrigation system in Ecuador. © IFAD/Susan Beccio   20 MARCH 2015 – Water lies