Restoring mangroves is saving rural communities in Gambia

August 2019 - STORY
Mangroves are one of the world's most biodiverse ecosystems and play an essential role to ecological balance and community livelihoods. But in many areas across West Africa, these wildlife-rich wetlands are under threat.

Recipes for Change: Te Mai Ae Tanna Kiribati

August 2019 - STORY
Breadfruit is one of the main staple foods of Kiribati. Breadfruit trees require a tropical climate to thrive and are therefore plentiful in the Pacific region. Breadfruit is a good source of vitamin C, thiamine and potassium for the local population.

I’m a potato grower! Strengthening innovation to empower potato growers in the Andes

July 2019 - STORY
The world is faced with a rising demand for food due to population growth, changes in dietary habits and the availability of agricultural resources. As a result farmers need to be more efficient and productive. 

Innovations in law to tackle food insecurity

July 2019 - STORY
The latest SOFI report confirms that the number of hungry people in the world continues to increase, highlighting the challenge of reaching the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of Zero Hunger by 2030.

Recipes for Change: Ema datshi and millet momos

July 2019 - STORY
Try the Recipe at home: Ema datshi and millet momos - Bhutan

Young smallholder farmers overcoming climate challenges in Viet Nam

July 2019 - STORY
Climate change is one of the major dynamics of change affecting rural youth livelihoods. It is having significant effects on the countries in which the rural youth population is concentrated and on the sectors in which they will be looking for employment opportunities. 

From farm to market: improving the food value chain through women empowerment in Guinea

June 2019 - STORY
Saran Condé is a 30-year-old smallholder farmer in Guinea's Faranah region. She has improved her farming skills and increased her productivity since joining an IFAD supported community garden.

June 2019 - STORY

Opportunities, challenges and limitations of climate-smart agriculture - The case of Egypt

June 2019 - STORY
Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) aims to facilitate the evolution of agricultural systems in the face of a rapidly changing climate. IFAD's approach to promoting CSA for smallholders focuses on three core objectives.

Sending money home: ten reasons why remittances matter

June 2019 - STORY
The International Day of Family Remittances is observed every year on 16 June in recognition of the fundamental contribution of migrant workers to their families and communities back home and to the sustainable development of their countries of origin.

CARD: Assessing data for climate-friendly action in rural contexts

June 2019 - STORY
Datasets on crop production increasingly need to take climate change into consideration, given its potentially profound repercussions for agriculture.

Forging tools to catalyse food production in Senegal

May 2019 - STORY
In 1992, Khadim Thiam established a tiny workshop in Tambacounda, Senegal, to produce agricultural equipment, such as hoes, seed drills, ploughs and animal-traction carts.

World Bee Day - High-altitude honey

May 2019 - STORY
In the Sierra Norte mountain range in Mexico lives a special breed of bee. Known locally as pisilnekmej, the Scaptotrigona Mexicana is a member of the family native to the American continent whose distinctive trait is that they have no sting.

The capital difference: Expanding horticulture in Rwanda

May 2019 - STORY
Including smallholder farmers in Rwanda in the production and export of cash crops is vital to increasing their incomes and ultimately to reducing rural poverty. 

Recommended books on Indigenous Peoples

April 2019 - STORY
The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) will be held on 22 April to 3 May in New York. Here is our shortlist of books on the diverse issues affecting Indigenous Peoples around the world that will be discussed at the Forum.

Community gardens in the Gambia: one solution, many benefits

April 2019 - STORY
Anyone who stops by Berefet notices how local people cherish the community garden in this small village in the western Gambia.

A tool to make rural investments more resilient

April 2019 - STORY
Climate change has made crop production more unpredictable – if rainfall helped this harvest, an unexpected drought could destroy the next. So how can one decide to invest in millet in Chad's Kanem region or if it's too risky put money in wheat in Lesotho's Thaba-Tseka?

Transforming innovative ideas into sustainable agriculture in West and Central Africa

March 2019 - STORY
Ideas are the lifeblood of innovation. To accelerate rural transformation while tackling rural poverty, food insecurity, nutrition, job creation and climate change, innovative ideas are needed. 

How increased access to water shortens the path towards sustainable development in the Sahel

March 2019 - STORY
Every day Dienaba Sow travels 3.5 kilometres from her home in Hodio village towards Toung, in Senegal's Louga region, to collect water for her family's daily needs.

A new development paradigm - BAPA+40

March 2019 - STORY
A conference taking place this week in Buenos Aires, Argentina reminds us that developing countries today look as much to each other for help along their path to development as they do to the developed world.

Highlights from IFAD's Governing Council

February 2019 - STORY

Pope Francis set the tone for the 42nd session of IFAD’s annual Governing Council meeting (14 - 15 February) by saying that hunger can be made a part of the world’s past, but only if all institutions and people work together, and only if these efforts are owned locally and driven by those who are suffering most, as architects of their own development.

EAT-Lancet Commission Brief for Farmers

February 2019 - STORY
The EAT-Lancet Commission presents a global planetary health diet that is healthy for both people and planet. Discover the report’s key takeaways and the specific actions that farmers can take to contribute to the Great Food Transformation.

Change starts at home – Addressing gender imbalances and climate issues through household methodologies

January 2019 - STORY
IFAD is piloting the use of household methodologies (HHMs) for gender equality and climate change adaptation as a way to accelerate progress towards the economic empowerment of rural women in Rwanda.

Ten books to read this winter

December 2018 - STORY
We asked colleagues for their recommended reading on issues relevant to global development from gender to development to finance. If you are looking to read something a little more serious this holiday season, check out our list below.
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