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.

Responding to Kenya's changing climate

March 2016

Date: 16 March 2016 In eastern Kenya, the dry season is getting longer, and rainfall is less predictable. Only two per cent of people have enough food throughout the year, and almost half the children under five are malnourished. Maize is the predominant crop – but three out of four maize harvests fail.

Italian top chef Carlo Cracco cooks a “Recipe for Change” on World Environment Day

March 2016
The theme of this year's World Environment Day, which falls on 5 June, is sustainable lifestyles. So, to celebrate the occasion, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) partnered with Italian celebrity chef, Carlo Cracco, to bring attention to the impact that climate change is having on many of the world's traditional foods.

Lesotho's award-winning chef talks climate change and supporting small farmers

March 2016
In the high rocky peaks of the African mountain kingdom Lesotho, a female chef has been creating a buzz in international culinary circles by combining ancient traditional recipes from Mosotho elders with fresh local products sourced from smallholder farmers around the remote town of Thaba Tseka.

The diversity of rural women

March 2016

Date: 8 March 2016 There are more than 370 million indigenous persons in the world and 50  per cent are women.

Laos: Nutritious Entertainment

March 2016

Half the children in Laos are stunted and chronic under-nutrition is a major issue facing the country. Now a soap opera is teaching people in the most remote parts of the country how and what to cook for better nutrition. Produced with assistance from the Government of Canada.