Recipes for Change: India, Chilka Roti - Rice and Millet Crêpes

April 2020 - STORY
The state of Jharkhand, in eastern India, faces high rates of child malnourishment and mortality. As a rainfed region, it is also highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

Recipes for Change: Chef Pierre Thiam shares a lockdown-friendly vegan chilli recipe

April 2020 - STORY

IFAD’s Recipes for Change chefs are carrying on with life under lockdown by sharing some excellent recipes that you can make with ingredients you’ve already got in your home cupboard. Senegalese Chef Pierre Thiam joins us from his home in New York State with a delicious recipe for vegan chilli.

Solidarity and flexibility: IFAD-supported artisans produce masks and hairnets to fight coronavirus in Brazil

April 2020 - STORY
An organization of artisan women, facing a slowdown in their work due to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, has begun to make protective gear for local health care workers.

Recipes For Change: Chef Bowerman’s take on cooking from home under lockdown

March 2020 - STORY

As the world adjusts to life with COVID-19, we’re asking our Recipes for Change chefs to share some world-class recipes that you can make with ingredients you’ve already got in your home cupboard. Michelin-starred Chef Cristina Bowerman shares two simple and nutritious recipes involving chickpeas.

A future for students with water, vegetables and roses

March 2020 - STORY

In Kenya’s Nyeri county, sustainable water system technologies have substantially improved the lives of students, staff and surrounding communities and have opened up a brighter future for many.

Recipes for Change: Dhindo – corn flour purée with nettle leaf curry and pickled tomatoes – Nepal

March 2020 - STORY
Climate change is contributing to increasing temperatures and droughts in Nepal, where corn and tomatoes are a staple food.

Scaling-out gender transformation for climate change

March 2020 - STORY

Development approaches must address structural barriers and power imbalances for women and other marginalized groups to adapt to climate change. 

Djibouti’s “mother counsellors” are agents of change

March 2020 - STORY
They guide women through all the steps of caring for a child – from conception and pregnancy to birth and the critical first years of a child’s life. Although this description might call to mind doctors, nurses or specialised health workers, it also includes another category of care provider that must not be overlooked – mother counsellors.

Building for biodiversity: How one fence saved Kenyan farmers, crops – and wildlife

March 2020 - STORY

We often think of elephants as gentle giants. Beloved by nature enthusiasts the world over, they are an iconic presence in the forests and grasslands of Africa and Asia. They are also a keystone species, indispensable for maintaining the biodiversity of the ecosystems in which they live.

Rwandan silkworm farmers weave links to global markets

March 2020 - STORY
Forty-seven-year-old Rwandan farmer Pierre Kanyarwanda is enthusiastic. For the last five months, he has brought additional money home by applying his newly acquired skills in sericulture (silkworm rearing).

Could avocados save Nairobi's water?

February 2020 - STORY

Esther Wandia is an avocado convert. Two years ago, the single mother of four decided to set up a tree nursery on her farm in Makomboki, in a hilly area north of Nairobi known for its tea production.

Cacao: How just one crop has boosted an entire country’s exports

February 2020 - STORY
Once considered the world’s largest cacao exporter, Sao Tome and Principe had significantly scaled back its operations after gaining independence in 1975. But with IFAD's assistance, cacao – the key ingredient in chocolate, and a major cash crop – is making a comeback.

Beating back climate impacts in Bhutan

February 2020 - STORY
Agriculture is the foundation of Bhutan’s economy, employing more than 70 per cent of the population. Bhutan has made huge progress overall in recent years in improving its people’s standards of living, though poverty rates remain high in the eastern part of the country.

Stronger together: The power of farmers’ organizations

February 2020 - STORY
Working together makes it easier for small-scale farmers to access resources and reach larger markets  and when farmers thrive, other players in the food system benefit too.

Building women’s resilience and livelihoods

February 2020 - STORY
Around the world today, women make up over half the people working in agriculture – as smallholders, market gardeners, wage labourers, unpaid workers on family farms – and that figure is on the rise.

Five ways bamboo can fight climate change

January 2020 - STORY

With an estimated 30 million hectares throughout the tropics in Africa, Asia and the Americas, bamboo can provide a significant contribution to combatting climate change in the developing world, particularly in rural communities.

New tool improves the visibility of farmers and rural producers’ organizations

January 2020 - STORY

Grassroots and international farmers’ and rural producers’ organizations play an invaluable role as representatives of the farming community.

How savings groups are empowering women in Guatemala

January 2020 - STORY
Guatemala has the largest economy in Central America but it also has the worst rates of poverty and malnutrition. This is especially the case in rural areas and for indigenous communities.

Wild honey of the Wichi people: a treasure to be discovered

January 2020 - STORY

In the community of Larguero, in the Chaco Salteño, a group of indigenous beekeepers are raising the profile of a unique wild honey

20 podcasts we will be listening to in 2020

December 2019 - STORY

We asked colleagues for their favourite podcasts on topics related to development, food, agriculture and climate. If you are looking to learn something new check out our suggestions.

Community gardens pave the way for climate-resilient agriculture in Gambia

December 2019 - STORY
Climate change is affecting global food systems in such a way that those who already suffer from hunger and undernutrition are also the most vulnerable to the added threats from climate change.  

How agroecology can respond to a changing climate and benefit farmers

December 2019 - STORY

Current food systems are at a crossroads. There is a strong need for transforming food production and consumption patterns in a sustainable way. One where farmers adapt and build resilience to the increasing challenges from climate change and where nutritious food is available for all. Agroecology provides one solution towards this transformation.

Help farmers and the planet? Yes, we can

December 2019 - STORY

Tajikistan is a mountainous country nestled in Central Asia. Over five million people live a rural life, the majority of them depending on agriculture for their livelihoods.

 

Cooking to reduce climate change

December 2019 - STORY

An IFAD co-sponsored event at COP25 in Madrid brought together experts and celebrity chefs to examine how climate change is effecting food systems.

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