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Building businesses in Burkina Faso

November 2017
Rural Solutions is a video series that highlights solutions to specific challenges that are common in rural areas of developing countries. Entrepreneurs in remote, rural areas face numerous obstacles when trying to build their businesses. This episode features a solution to this from Burkina Faso.

Fish Marketing Societies in India

November 2017
Rural Solutions is a video series that highlights solutions to specific challenges that are common in rural areas of developing countries. Without access to financial services, rural people can find themselves forever in debt to loan sharks. In this Indian fishing community, the solution to this is collective power.

Powering rural households in Kenya

November 2017
Rural Solutions is a video series that highlights solutions to specific challenges that are common in rural areas of developing countries. Biogas provides an environmentally-friendly alternative to power rural households - but biogas digesters are costly to set up, especially in remote areas. Here is a solution to this from Kenya.

The Dominican Republic: Partnering for Profit

October 2017
In the Dominican Republic, a unique alliance between the private sector and the government transforms small producers' organizations into successful, sustainable businesses through a nationwide mentorship programme.

Recipes for change: Muviko - Kenya

October 2017
This episode of Recipes for Change is about cooking with sorghum - a crop that has been neglected in Kenya in favour of the more popular maize. Now, with low rainfall causing maize harvests to fail, drought-tolerant sorghum is making a resurgence and celebrity chef Ali Artiste sees how sorghum recipes are being rediscovered in rural areas.

Joint visit of Heads of UN Rome-Based Agencies to Ethiopia

September 2017
In September 2017, the heads of the UN food agencies - FAO, IFAD and WFP - travelled together to Ethiopia to assess how to work closer together to eradicate hunger and poverty. With visits to the drought-hit Somali region and the more developed Tigray region, they examined how to narrow the gap between humanitarian and development investments to ensure people are more resilient to droughts and other climate shocks.

The Field Report

August 2017
Carved into the very land that farmers use to feed their communities, the Field Report shows just how important investment in smallholder agriculture can be in reducing poverty in Africa and feeding a hungry planet.

Guatemala: Bringing Water to the Well

April 2017
In areas of Guatemala which are chronically affected by droughts, IFAD-supported irrigation schemes and practices make farmland four times more productive.

Dream weaver in Guatemala

March 2017
In remote rural areas of developing countries, women are often relegated to house chores or on-farm labour because of a lack of literacy and numeracy skills.

Connecting remote rural communities with financial services

January 2017
6 January 2017 - Remittance flows to and within Africa amounted to more than US$65 billion in 2016 and are expected to grow to US$80 billion by 2020. These flows represent a lifeline for more than 200 million people.

US Secretary's Global Diaspora Forum, Washington

July 2016
The United States Department of State and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) unveiled this week in Washington, DC a new joint initiative to assist the flow of investment from international migrants to reduce rural poverty and boost food security in their home countries.

Adoption of system of rice intensification (SRI)

June 2016
This is an introduction to a series of 4 training videos and details how IFAD has promoted the spread of SRI from Madagascar to Rwanda and then Burundi. Malagasy farmers went to Rwanda to share their knowledge and Burundian farmers then visited the same Rwandan farmers to take the knowledge back home. This farmer to farmer teaching and learning has proven to be very effective.

Women's inclusion sparks large-scale infrastructure projects in remote Pacific island

June 2016
Date: 6 June 2016 Women on a remote Pacific island are breaking cultural barriers by taking on roles that shape the future of their communities.

Amid India's drought crisis, new ways of growing cotton helps small farmers

May 2016
Date: 20 May 2016 More than three million farmers in India's Maharashtra state depend on cotton. In India, two consecutive years of weak monsoons have left some 330 million people — a quarter of the country — in the grip of drought.

AgTalks - William Otim-Nape: Dr. Cassava

May 2016
In 2010, Times Magazine cited cassava as one of the most dangerous crops in the world, to be eaten at one's own risk if cooked improperly.

Reducing childhood malnutrition in Mexico

April 2016
Date: 19 April 2016 Once a sacred grain for the Aztecs, amaranth and its incredible nutritional properties have long been forgotten in Mexico.

Senegal – Let the Sun Shine

April 2016
Until a few years ago Awa Ndiaye and her women's farming cooperative were struggling to grow anything due to soil degradation and lack of water. But the adoption of a solar-powered water pump sparked a series of innovations which are helping Ndiaye and other farmers in South East Senegal adapt to the challenges posed by the changing climate.

Protecting the endangered bong tree

April 2016
Date: 6 April 2016 Incense sticks are ever-present at Buddhist shrines across South East Asia. They are mostly made from the bark of the endangered bong tree, which is endemic to the region. Bong trees were once abundant in countries like Laos but, in 2008, overexploitation led the Lao government to declare that they were on the verge of extinction.

AgTalk – Seaweed Power

April 2016
On the island of Zanzibar, the sea had always been a man's domain. But researcher Flower Ezekiel Msuya says things started to change when local women unleashed the commercial potential of seaweed.

IFAD Lecture: Winnie Byanyima on the future of aid

April 2016
Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, delivered the inaugural IFAD Lecture at the 38th session of the Governing Council, IFAD's annual meeting of Member States. Her lecture – entitled 'The Future of Aid' – took place on 17 February 2015. It was the first in a planned series that IFAD has launched to advance thinking on rural transformation as a key to sustainable development in the post-2015 world.

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