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Turning over a new leaf. How rural people in Madagascar cope with the impact of climate change
Amina Sana had very little income and not enough to eat. But her life has been transformed after receiving livestock and training from the IFAD-supported FORMAPROD project
Rural women lead the way
There is no solution to climate change without rural women. It’s time to invest in them. It’s time to let them lead the way.
IFAD and South-South and Triangular Cooperation: An interview with Satu Santala
Global hunger and food insufficiency are increasing, reflecting increased inequalities arising from unequal economic recovery and persisting income losses following the pandemic. Satu Santala, Associate Vice-President of the External Relations and Governance Department at IFAD, tells us more about Fund’s approach to tackling these global challenges through SSTC.
Brazil’s semi-arid region is full of life
Brazil’s north-eastern semi-arid region, known as sertão, is a land rich in culture and enchanting landscapes, but the harsh climate and lack of water make it difficult to earn a living here. However, over recent decades, modern ingenuity has combined with traditional mutual aid systems to help communities make the most of the region’s natural resources.
Rural savings banks go digital in Honduras
Don Lolo has been growing coffee on the slopes of El Playón in Honduras for over fifty years. Now, thanks to support from IFAD’s Rural Poor Stimulus Facility, he's using an online banking app to apply for loans, manage savings, and reach new buyers.
Chef Cracco on how jackfruit is helping rural people in Sri Lanka adapt to climate change
Carlo Cracco, one of Italy’s most famous chefs, is helping IFAD promote jackfruit as a way to adapt to climate change in rural Sri Lanka.
Investing in rural youth in El Salvador to tackle migration and enhance food security
The IFAD-funded Rural Adelante Project in El Salvador helps rural youth stay in their communities and make a living from agriculture, instead of migrating to cities or abroad.
Digital Technology and Homeworking help rural women in Guatemala recover from COVID-19
COVID-19 lockdowns meant Juana could no longer go to her job in rural Guatemala. But thanks to a loan from her local rural savings bank and IFAD’s Rural Poor Stimulus Facility, Juana started her own business at home.
Driving Miss Babli: Young women in Bangladesh get the chance to learn new skills
Thanks to driving lessons provided by the Haor Infrastructure and Livelihood Improvement Project - Climate Adapation and Livelihood Protection (HILIP/CALIP), a group of young rural women in Northern Bangladesh now have careers as drivers—a typically male-dominated profession.
Brazil: Sharing Buriti with the rest of the world
Brejo Dois Irmãos is a tiny and isolated community of 200 families in north-east Brazil. It hides a precious treasure: the burití, or “tree of life” in the indigenous Tupi-Guarani language.
2021: Rural Resilience in Action
For another year, millions of small-scale farmers have been bearing the brunt of climate change and COVID-19. We were there to support them every step of the way.
Solar-powered fridges aid COVID recovery in Djibouti
This year’s COVID-19 lockdowns cut off Djibouti’s fishing community from their markets. But with no way to store fish in the searing heat, many fishers were forced to throw their catch away. Now, thanks to some solar-powered fridges, they’re back on their feet and trading with new customers.
Tipping the scales of equality in the Philippines
"Before, these women were just waiting at home. Now, we are more educated. We are empowered to be more independent," says Ruperta Gagarin, a businesswoman from the Philippines.
Fostering ecosystem services in the Peruvian Andes
The FIDA-MERESE project has helped farmers in the Jequetepeque and Cañete river basins become stewards of the ecosystems on which they depend.
ShareFair of geospatial tools and applications for climate investments
As changing climates affect farming conditions across the world, how can geospatial and remote sensing tools help IFAD and others decide on where adaptation investments are best needed and what impact these interventions will have?
Women are protagonists of change in Nicaragua’s rural areas
One after another, women who received support from the NICAVIDA project, repeat like a mantra: “I’m a protagonist”.
Promoting youth employment in Grenada
Two of the most significant challenges Grenada faces are common ones for small island developing states: high levels of youth unemployment, currently over 40 per cent, and vulnerability of agricultural production to climate change and climate shocks.
Tackling climate change: Saving Senegal's mangrove forests
Marianne Ndong and her colleagues make a living from raising and selling oysters in the village of Dassilamé Sérère, in Senegal’s Saloum Delta. Mangroves don’t just support marine life, like the oysters Marianne raises. They also form a protective barrier between land and sea.
A glimpse into the Pacific food systems
Discover the specificities of food systems in the Pacific region, why they are particularly fragile, and the role of the island communities in protecting them.
Empowering rural women with Agroecological Logbooks
The video presents the main results of using the Agroecological Logbook methodology in projects supported by IFAD in Brazil.
How South-South and Triangular Cooperation is transforming coconut cultivation and processing in Viet Nam
All businesses, irrespective of their size, location, products, and services, depend on weather and climate. Finding and sharing solutions to climate-related challenges is at the centre of South-South and Triangular Cooperation.
Developing Uganda's small and medium-sized agricultural businesses
Gladys Ndagile has been a poultry farmer for many years, but it was only when she connected with a local egg processing business that she finally made a profit from her eggs.
A win-win partnership is boosting small farmer milk production in remote Montenegro
It’s six o’clock in Mojkova, in Montenegro and a long working day starts for Sladan Minic. It is an early wintry morning, and Sladan starts to collect milk from the local dairy farmers driving around mountainous roads.
Brazil's seed guardians: Securing future biodiversity with the help of the past
Brazil has always been rich in biodiversity. But in the country's semi-arid north-eastern region, extensive ranching, slash-and-burn agriculture, and uncontrolled demand for firewood have led to widespread environmental degradation of the Caatinga biome.
Fighting climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean
Small-scale farmers are responsible for up to 80 per cent of food production in Latin American and Caribbean countries, but they are at the frontline of the fight against climate change and social injustice.
School meals in Guatemala - making food systems work
Guatemala has the fourth highest rate of malnutrition in the world where over 50 per cent of children under five are stunted. Many children do not get enough nutritious food, and often came to school hungry.
Kenya: All the ingredients for a successful banana processing factory
Take some young entrepreneurs, add some modern equipment and training supported by IFAD and the Kenyan Government, spread the word using digital marketing, and you have all the ingredients for a successful banana processing factory.
The China-IFAD South-South and Triangular Cooperation Facility: Leveraging SSTC for rural development
To accelerate rural poverty alleviation, enhance rural productivity, and advance rural transformation through South-South and Triangular Cooperation, the China-IFAD SSTC Facility was established in 2018, becoming the first Facility in IFAD dedicated to SSTC.
Targeting hunger by transforming food system through South-South Cooperation
Through South-South Cooperation, IFAD is tapping into existing expertise, skills, capacities, and solutions to address the effects of COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges on rural populations.
Wishing you season’s greetings from Recipes for Change
Our Recipes for Change chefs Ska Moteane, Lance Seeto, Bela Gil, Pierre Thiam and Mariah Gladstone shared with us their festive wishes for the Recipes for Change community and IFAD in the holiday season.
Ten African Leaders write letters to other World Leaders to urge them to increase funding to IFAD
Ten African Heads of State have issued a strong call to other world leaders to increase their funding to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) or risk jeopardizing Sustainable Development Goal targets for eradicating poverty and hunger, particularly in Africa.
Nigeria: From Rice to Riches
On 1 October 2020, the UN marks 25 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action – a blueprint to advance women’s rights. But according to the Gender Equality report there’s still a long way to go.
Ethiopia: Water Works
Water is a vital ingredient for growing many crops around the globe, but while the world has enough water, it’s often not in the right places, at the right time.
Thank you, “cocoa doctors”
Chocolate comes in many different forms and varieties, but it always needs one vital ingredient: cocoa. But a decade ago, it was predicted that, by 2020, the world would have a cocoa shortfall of one million tonnes a year.
India: Radiant Women
"Tejaswini" means “a woman who is radiant”. And the one million Indian women who are part of the Tejaswini Rural Women’s Empowerment Programme, are indeed radiant.
Improving the livelihoods of artisanal fishers and their communities along Mozambique’s coastline
The IFAD-supported Artisanal Fisheries Promotion Project (ProPESCA) was implemented to improve the livelihoods of artisanal fishers and their communities living along Mozambique’s coastline.
Sierra Leone: Recovering from a pandemic
In 2014, the people of Sierra Leone faced a seemingly unstoppable virus and a catastrophic outbreak, leading to strict precautionary measures, quarantine and fear.
Marie-Aude Even talks about agronomy
Marie-Aude Even, senior regional technical specialist in agronomy at IFAD, talks about crops development.
Mattia Prayer Galletti talks about indigenous peoples
Mattia Prayer Galletti, lead technical specialist at IFAD , talks about indigenous peoples.
Zainab Semgalawe talks about rural institutions
Zainab Semgalawe, lead regional technical specialist, talks about rural institutions
Sauli Hurri talks about rural finance, markets and value chains
Sauli Hurri, senior regional technical specialist, talks about rural finance, markets and value chains
Michael Hamp talks about rural finance, markets and value chains
Michael Hamp, lead technical specialist talks about rural finance, markets and value chains
Oliver Page talks about climate change and environment
Oliver Page, regional specialist, talks about climate change and environment
Putso Nyathi talks about agronomy
Putso Nyathi, senior regional technical specialist in agronomy at IFAD for the east and southern Africa region, talks about agronomy.
Tom Mwangi Anyonge talks about youth
Tom Mwangi Anyonge, lead technical specialist at IFAD , talks about youth, rural development and institutions.
Jonathan Agwe talks about rural finance, markets and enterprises
Jonathan Agwe, lead regional technical specialist talks about rural finance, markets and enterprises
Colombia: Rebuilding lives and businesses in post-conflict rural areas
Colombia is a country rich in natural resources and diverse communities. But in small towns and across the countryside, many families remain poor.
Targeting at IFAD - Focusing efforts to create opportunities for rural poor people
To improve its contribution to the 2030 SDGs Agenda of eradicating poverty in all its forms and in line with the Leave No One Behind framework, IFAD has committed to improve its targeting performance.
Senegal: Focusing on Ability
Djenalib Ba and Daba Diom are Persons with a Disability. Training received from IFAD-supported projects in rural areas of Senegal made them able to feed their families and send their children to school.
Niger: No safety without water
Increasing violence in the Sahel region is causing a rise in the number of internally displaced persons. Fleeing Boko Haram through the desert, there is an urgent need for shelter and basic resources, like water.
Connecting lives: immerse yourself in the virtual reality of life
Step into the real world of Mariamo Fermino Bilasse as she builds her business in Mozambique
Climate Knowledge from the Ancestors
Have you ever found yourself looking outside the window, wondering if it will be raining soon? Perhaps you never thought of asking the ants.
Zero hunger, climate resilient: Transforming agriculture in Guinea-Bissau
Innovative and forward-looking, the IFAD-funded project in Guinea-Bissau will transform rural economic networks for a sustainable agriculture of the future.
Paving the way: Rural youth in Pakistan
Deep in the mountainous region of northern Pakistan sits the picturesque village of Minimarg. Almost 200 kilometres from Gilgit, the region’s capital, Minimarg can only be accessed via the 4,000-meter Burzil Pass.
Recipes for Change: Moringa Leaves with Coconut from Sri Lanka
In this episode of Recipes for Change, Italian celebrity chef Rubio is in Sri Lanka to learn about moringa, a drought-resilient superfood that is helping rural households cope with the effects of climate change, increase their incomes, and improve their nutrition.
Recipes for Change: Ema Datshi & Millet Momos from Bhutan
In this episode of Recipes for Change, Italian celebrity chef, Carlo Cracco, is in Bhutan to find out how farmers are rediscovering traditional crops that can help them mitigate the impact that climate change is having on their staple cultivations.
Guide to finding IFAD financial data
IFAD is the only IFI with the specific mandate to eradicate poverty and hunger by investing in poor rural people through financial and technical assistance to agriculture and rural development projects in developing member states.
Speak Up, Report, Support
Sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse is unacceptable and has no place in IFAD, including its operations and financed activities. IFAD reaffirms its no tolerance policy.
A day in the life of a vegetable farmer in Lesotho
Thabo Lefatle owns and runs a small vegetable farm in Lesotho’s Mafeteng district, south of the capital Maseru. He is one of 55,000 smallholder farmers in Lesotho who applied for and won public grants.
IFAD's 2019 Rural Development Report
Nearly 1 billion of the world’s 1.2 billion youth aged 15-24 reside in developing countries. Their numbers are growing far more rapidly in lower income countries than in higher income countries, particularly in rural areas.
Mawira Chitima talks about water
Mewira Chitima, water and infrastructure specialist at IFAD, talks about availability and access to water and rural infrastructure for resilience, market access and economic growth.
Harold Liversage talks about land tenure
Harold Liversage, land tenure specialist at IFAD, talks about land and secured land rights for rural communities.
Antonio Rota talks about livestock
Antonio Rota, livestock specialist at IFAD, talks about how livestock is important to marginalised people living in rural areas.
Pedro de Vasconcelos talks about remittances
Pedro de Vasconcelos, remittances specialist at IFAD, talks about remittances and their impact on people living in rural areas.
Joyce Njoro talks about nutrition
Joyce Njoro, nutrition specialist at IFAD, talks about the chronic impact of malnutrition and undernutrition.
Massimo Giovanola talks about agricultural risk management
Massimo Giovanola, risk management specialist at IFAD, talks about IFAD's innovative and holistic approach to agricultural risk management.
Paxina Chileshe talks about climate adaptation
Paxina Chileshe, climate change specialist at IFAD, talks about climate adaptation and smallholder farmers.
From low to high: Increasing productivity and purchasing power in Kenya
There are more than 7.5 million smallholder farmers in Kenya, accounting for about 75 per cent of the country's total agricultural output.
Guatemala: Leveling the playing field
A group of courageous Guatemalan women set off in 2010 to form their own farming cooperative, "4Pinos" after facing discrimination in the men's cooperative.
Rwanda: Reducing food loss in a changing climate
Farmers in Rwanda can lose around 30 per cent of their harvests before they even reach the market, due to a lack of adequate means to dry, store and transport the crops.
India: Barring Malnutrition
With traditional crops abandoned for lucrative cash crops, malnutrition rates can quickly rise.
The Real Groundbreakers: Claudine from Rwanda
Through the power of a women’s farming co-operative in Rwanda, Claudine is using new techniques and seeds for better cassava harvests.
The Real Groundbreakers: Rekha from India
More school children are eating well because of Rekha, a business innovator in India who through a women’s cooperative is making nutrition bars with local rice.
The Real Groundbreakers: Irma from Guatemala
Irma, a young Q’eqchi woman and farmer from Guatemala, is working to reforest over 400 hectares of land damaged by climate change, illegal logging and fires.
The Real Groundbreakers: Halimé Djimet, Chad
Halimé Djimet is leading a collective of women in Chad to produce and market their sesame seed oil successfully.
Recipes for Change: Sesame Fish with Sorrel Sauce
Traditional rainfall patterns are changing in Chad, making it increasingly difficult for the poorest populations who rely on small farming for subsistence, to successfully plant and harvest their crops.
India: Nutrition through innovation
An innovative solution is improving nutrition in rural areas of Madhya Pradesh, India, where 42% of children suffer from malnutrition.
Recipes for Change: Kak-Ik
In this episode of Recipes for Change, Italian Chef Rubio is in Guatemala to see how the Qeq'chi people are managing to conserve their traditional foods in the face of climate change.
Pakistan: Breaking the cycle of poverty
The poorest people in the world are trapped in what is called the 'cycle of poverty'. Their familiies are so poor that they cannot access the necessary resources to improve their lives.
Guatemala: Turning up the heat
Indigenous communities of Guatemala are feeling the effects of deforestation. Increased agriculture, illegal logging and fires have reduced forest cover, and rising temperatures and unpredictable bursts of rainfall that wash away the soil are making it difficult for farming communities to sustain themselves.
Joint visit of UN food agency heads to Niger
In August 2018, the heads of the three Rome-based food agencies travelled to Niger to strengthen their joint efforts to reduce poverty and hunger.
Tajikistan: United We Stand
Despite recent economic growth, the Republic of Tajikistan is still one of the poorest Central Asian countries. Its rural population makes up for 3/4 of the total and relies mostly on livestock and herding as its mainstay.
Modernizing of micro shoe industries in Bangladesh
Bhairob, Bangladesh, has traditionally been a footwear producing area, and more than 7000 factories have been established here over the past few decades.
Senegal: IFAD invests in opportunities
The number of international migrants worldwide is growing at a faster rate than the world's population, reaching 258 million in 2017. Every day thousands of people leave their homes in search of a better life.
The Gambia: IFAD invests in rural women
Almost half the world's agricultural workers are women, yet they own less land than men. Farmer Awa Jagne speaks about how access to land has changed her life.
IFAD's Transparency Agenda
Transparency is imperative to achieve greater accountability and development effectiveness. This video shows IFAD’s increased commitment to high transparency standards in all aspects of operations. It also presents the corporate transparency action plan developed to help IFAD build a culture of transparency to promote partnerships based on trust and to maximize development impacts.
Territorios Productivos - transforming rural policies in Mexico
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
In areas of Guatemala which are chronically affected by droughts, IFAD-supported irrigation schemes and practices make farmland four times more productive.