Beatrice Makwenda: The future belongs to organised farmers

March 2016
Beatrice Makwenda, Policy and Programmes Coordinator of the National Smallholder Farmers' Association of Malawi (NASFAM): 

Chris Davis: A fair change experience

March 2016

Chris Davis, Fairtrade International: Good morning. I would like to take you back in time 25 years to Oaxaca State in Mexico. A very sudden and rapid drop in world coffee prices as a result of subsidized overproduction, forced thousands upon thousands of small farmers to abandon their farms and migrate in search of work. Behind them, they left broken families and shattered communities

Apollinaire Djikeng: Lessons from the ugly pig

March 2016

Apollinaire Djikeng, Director of the Biosciences eastern and central Africa - International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub: For many years I have kept a personal association and a personal importance to livestock.

Andrew Rugasira: Farmers and private sector - key to rural transformation

March 2016

Andrew Rugasira, Founder and CEO of Good African Coffee: Allow me to set the scene for my talk with some statistics. Every day, 1.6 billion cups of coffee are consumed in the world. The producer countries, that is, Brazil with 37 million bags every year, Viet Nam with 24 million bags every year, right down to my own country Uganda with 3 million bags, earn US$24 billion a year from their coffee. 

The Camelid Solution

March 2016

Guillermo Vila Melo, Agronomist and founding member of the Association of Camelid of Argentina (ACA)As Ms Samii said, I shall be introducing you to my very first love, llamas and alpacas. Llamas on your right-hand side and alpacas on your left. 

Stories from the field

February 2016
Nepalese migrants send home $1.5 billion every year - over 20% of the country's GDP. Many of the women here rely on these remittances to survive. Now Savings and Credit Organisations, supported by IFAD and the Nepal Center for Micro-Finance, are facilitating safe money transfers and encouraging people to save. This is transforming villages like Makrahar where, for the first time, people are able to access credit.  

Recipes for Change: Tuna with Taro Leaves

November 2015
In this episode of Recipes for Change, Fiji's favorite chef, Lance Seeto, discovers how prolonged drought is threatening taro - Tonga's staple ingredient - when he joins a local farmer to cook Luu Ika (tuna with taro leaves).

Burundi: Justice for Maura

November 2015
Burundi's civil war may have ended more than two decades ago, but violence in the country continues. Many of its victims are women, whose rights under the law are often ignored. Now a unique legal aid programme is helping thousands of women like Maura Ntukamazina learn about the law and reclaim their rights.

Uganda: Imagine your life differently

October 2015
Twenty thousand families in 13 districts of Uganda are now imagining their lives differently. By creating a shared vision, husbands and wives are not only finding ways to break out of their poverty, but they are discovering the value of equality in their homes.

IFAD and Shamba Shape-Up

May 2015
With the fourth and latest series of Shamba Shape-Up, Kenya's most watched agriculture TV show, IFAD staff have been talking to smallholder farmers about a range of practical issues, from cow care and livestock resilience to climate-change adaption.