Background to the Senegal interviews

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

May 2013 - STORY
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 - STORY
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 - STORY
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 - STORY
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 - STORY
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 - STORY
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 - STORY
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 - STORY
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 - STORY
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 - STORY
"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 - STORY
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 - STORY
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 - STORY
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.

Graduating to a new life farming Egypt’s desert

May 2011 - STORY
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.

The grass is greener: rehabilitating the Syrian Badia

May 2011 - STORY
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. 

Helping nomadic families prepare for a complex future in Mongolia

May 2011 - STORY
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.

Boosting knowledge and financial security in Peru

May 2011 - STORY
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. 

Island groups reap the benefits of a new Pacific agricultural centre

May 2010 - STORY
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 - STORY
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 - STORY
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 - STORY
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 - STORY
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 - STORY
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.