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Territorios Productivos - transforming rural policies in Mexico

April 2018
In 2014, IFAD and the Mexican government piloted a new policy approach that goes beyond cash transfers to help eradicate rural poverty. Through this pilot project, designed and implemented in partnership with the Centro Latinoamericano para el Desarollo Rural (RIMISP), poor, rural families – those who receive the small monthly social security payments – for the first time have been able to access Government’s agricultural support programmes and have increased their productivity and incomes.

Sudan: Seed money

March 2018
Rural women are the poorest of the poor in Sudan. Access to education is severly limited and they often have little say in the running of their families or communities.

Jordan: Leaving No One Behind

February 2018
Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan was once a rural town of 12,000 inhabitants. It is now home to at least 120,000 refugees - most of whom have fled the conflict in Syria. This sudden increase in population created competition for already limited resources. But investments in agricultural production and access to microfinance loans have given host communities and refugees opportunities to run their own businesses and feed their families.

Bangladesh: Breaking down barriers

January 2018
Traditionally relegated to house chores, most rural women of Bangladesh have had very little access to economic activities outside their homes and they are often the poorest and most marginalized members of their communities.

Bangladesh: Land of our own

November 2017
In South East Bangladesh, regular flooding - exacerbated by rising sea levels - displaces 26,000 people every year. People who are left homeless and landless after their homes are washed away resettle on newly formed river islands.

Pastoral Units in Senegal

November 2017
Rural Solutions is a video series that highlights solutions to specific challenges that are common in rural areas of developing countries. As natural resources become more scarce, herders who migrate seasonally have to travel long distances to find water and grazing land. Here is a solution to this from Senegal.

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.

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