Rural Development Report 2016 - RDR
In a rapidly changing world with a growing demand for food, what role can policies and investments play in transforming rural areas and eradicating poverty?
The Philippines: From Rome to home
Every year, 1.5 million people leave the Philippines to find jobs overseas. They send home more than US$20 billion a year. But little of that money is saved or invested. In Mabini - known as "Little Italy" due to the number of emigrants working abroad in Italy, many big houses have been built - but most are empty. The owners cannot afford to come home. Now a financial education programme is encouraging Filipino workers abroad to invest in agricultural cooperatives in the Philippines - not only giving them a regular income but also revitalising agriculture and creating jobs back home.
São Tomé: Saved by chocolate
São Tomé was once the world's biggest exporter of cocoa, but a decade ago the global cocoa price crash destroyed the industry here and desperate farmers have been clearing the forests to find alternative ways to make a living. But then the rising global demand for organic chocolate changed everything. IFAD joined forces with French organic chocolate company, Kaoka, to revive the island's cocoa industry. And it looks like chocolate might just save this island.
Morocco: The two-sheep solution
In a region where women still struggle to close the gender gap, Morocco stands out. In the past ten years it has enacted laws to eliminate discrimination against women and guarantee gender equality. But how do these laws make a difference in remote rural areas? It could be as simple as buying two sheep.
Cambodia: The software solution
Can software help the Cambodian Government become a major global rice exporter by 2015? A look into how IFAD and Intel have joined forces to bring expert information about seeds, fertilisers and pests to rural farmers at the touch of a button.
Guatemala: Bringing water to the well
In Guatemala, more than one million people are being affected by changing weather patterns. Since 2014, IFAD has been building irrigation schemes to take advantage of unused underground water streams, while restoring abandoned ones and introducing better farming practices.
Uganda: Imagine your life differently
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.