On the ground in Ethiopia

September 2017
In September, the Heads of the UN’s three Rome-based food agencies visited drought-affect parts of Ethiopia where at least 8.5 million people were in need of food aid.

Investing in rural development matters more than ever

September 2017
Global hunger is on the rise again after steadily declining for over a decade, according to the latest report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World.

Recipes for change: Kenya Muviku

September 2017
Try the Recipe at home: Muviku - Kenya

New research finds the potential of waste reuse for small farmers worldwide

August 2017
New research shows how food, agro-industrial and human waste can support food security and sustainability around the world.

Better feed for cows benefits dairy farmers in India and Tanzania

August 2017
Innovative strategies increase milk production and boost small farmers’ food security and livelihoods.

Creating opportunities for rural youth is more urgent than ever

August 2017
By creating employment opportunities for rural youth, countries can reap the demographic dividends of a young vibrant workforce.

Organics offer new opportunities to young farmers in the Pacific Islands

August 2017
A growing IFAD-supported movement in the Pacific Islands is helping farmers tap into international organics markets. By having their products certified as organic, Pacific Island farmers are raising their incomes, increasing their resilience and maintaining their cultures.

Searching for a better way to farm

August 2017

With her granddaughter in hand, Ruth Stephen Chileshe proudly shows off the large iron-roofed brick house she recently built selling maize, cassava, beans and ground nuts from her small farm in rural Zambia. Only 10 meters down the pathway stands the remnants of her old and much smaller home.

Rural poor people in Madagascar strengthen resilience through land tenure

July 2017
In western Madagascar, IFAD-supported projects have been helping people in rural areas gain legal rights to their land – a key tactic in the fight against poverty.

Boosting nutrition one TV show at a time in Laos

July 2017

In rural communities in northern Laos, an IFAD supported programme is using a television soap opera to help tackle extreme poverty and malnutrition.

Almonds and apricots flower on once-barren land

July 2017
Family farmers in the West Bank are growing high value crops such as almonds and apricots on once-barren hillsides, seeing their incomes rise by 80 per cent or more. About 36,000 people have taken part in an IFAD-funded natural resource management programme, which prioritized terracing, fencing, irrigation, rock removal and other techniques to reclaim and rehabilitate land.

Reducing rice imports helps smallholder farmers in Nigeria

July 2017
An IFAD-supported programme in Nigeria is helping to reduce dependence on imported rice and strengthening the access of smallholder farmers to local markets.

Native fruits fuel rural development in Brazil

July 2017
Wild and local fruits, such as umbu (Spondias tuberosa), passionfruit and guava, are fuelling the growth of a prosperous cooperative led by women in a remote area of north-eastern Brazil.

Smallholder farmers bring high value to their crops in Nepal

June 2017

Piyola Oli is a farmer in western Nepal. One of her main challenges is access to quality seeds. Through the IFAD-supported High-Value Agriculture Project in Hill and Mountain Areas project, Oli has learned how to produce good quality onion seeds from her own produce and her income has increased considerably. 

Maximizing the efficiency of development evaluation through ICTs

June 2017
Conference will explore how development can be assisted by information and communication technologies for evaluation evaluation.

Consultation on the Eleventh Replenishment of IFAD's resources

June 2017
During 2017, IFAD Member States have been meeting regularly in Rome for Consultations on the Eleventh Replenishment of the Fund's resources (IFAD11).

Protecting the environment through sustainable production

May 2017
The Sustainable Land Management in the Semi-Arid Sertão Project was designed as a complement to the IFAD-financed Dom Helder Câmara Project (DHCP), which ran from 1998 to 2007 in various areas of the semi-arid northeastern Brazil. The Sertão Project aimed to address pressing environmental and land degradation issues, and to build resilience to climate change. The project focused on the caatinga — a uniquely Brazilian scrub forest covering approximately 10 per cent of the total area of the country. The caatinga is one of Brazil's most threatened natural landscapes.

Bong tree farming raises income of former rice farmers in Laos

May 2017
Farmers in Laos are rediscovering the value of a traditional crop – the bark of the bong tree. Because the once-abundant bong trees are now on the endangered species list, smallholders are establishing profitable plantations to meet the growing demand for the aromatic bark.

Making the most of Africa’s rural youth

April 2017

The potential powerhouse of energy and creativity of the world’s 1.2 billion young people was highlighted by Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of IFAD during the annual spring meetings of the World Bank Group (Bank) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that are currently underway.The event brings together central bankers, ministers of finance and development sector executives, among others, to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness.

Ecuador: One year after the earthquake

April 2017
Their house collapsed. And with it, all of their belongings and memories were lost. Fortunately, Manuel Reyes and his family survived. But not everyone was so lucky. 

Knowledge for development

April 2017
Knowledge is at the centre of global development and an essential element for the achievement of Agenda 2030. Development organizations are increasingly recognizing the role of knowledge and learning to increase development impact and effectively contribute to the SDGs.

The power of self-help: how women in India are achieving economic, social and political empowerment

March 2017
Women from more than 246,000 households have taken steps to change their lives by becoming part of the IFAD-supported Tejaswini Rural Women’s Empowerment Programme in the Indian State of Madhya Pradesh. 

Sowing the seeds of progress – one woman’s story

March 2017
Rekha Pandram, 34, is a Gond woman who has transformed the lives of more than 7,500 women and their families across 40 villages in the Dindori district of Madhya Pradesh, India.

UN’s Rome-based agencies team up to fight hunger and support rural development in Madagascar

March 2017
The UN’s three Rome-based agencies demonstrated the power of working together yesterday when staff from the Madagascar interagency country team were recognized for their work to promote rural resilience and boost food security on the island nation off the east coast of Africa.
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