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Caring for the Planet Starts from the Ground

Thouraya adds water into the mixture materials used to make the fertilizer. ©IFAD/Alfredo D'Amato/Panos Thouraya Lahmer and Aoun Ouni are two villagers from the south of Tunisia. Although they are not policy makers or soil experts, they both contribute to feeding the world. What they do is a reflection of this year's theme of World Soil Day - Caring for the Planet Starts from the Ground . Since 1980, IFAD's work in Tunisia has helped improve the livelihoods of individuals like Thouraya and Aou in rural communities. IFAD supported projects in the country have contributed to managing natural resources and restoring the fertility of agricultural soil. Globally, more than 1.3 billion people are trapped on degrading agricultural land, leading to millions of people abandoning their ancestral lands and migrating to urban areas, and permanently altering landscapes. In an effort to counteract this trend, IFAD has introduced...


16 things to know about gender equality and rural poverty

Facts on Gender 1. Three quarters of the world’s poorest people live in rural areas and most rural women and men rely on agriculture for their food and incomes. Rural women typically have limited access than men to inputs, services, productive infrastructure and technologies. Source: For Up to 800 Million Rural Poor, a Strong World Bank Commitment to Agriculture 2. Women represent 43 per cent of the global agricultural workforce. Source: The role of women in agriculture 3. In developing countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, women typically work about 12 to 13 hours more per week than men. Yet women’s contributions are often ‘invisible’ and unpaid. Source: IFAD gender fact sheet 4. Women typically spend up to 90 per cent of their income on their family while men spend 30-40 per cent, even when the overall income is insufficient to meet family needs. Putting assets in the hands of women increases household spending on children’s education...

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Peru: The Majaz case

In 2001, Monterrico Metals plc., acquired 8 mining concessions in Peru, one of which concerns the Río Blanco project in the north of Peru. If everything goes as planned, said project will involve opening one of the largest open pit copper mines of Peru, clearing the way for a large-scale mining district in the High Amazone region with serious social-economic and ecological consequences.


Producing climate smart cassava in Mozambique

As climate change continues to devastate rural farming, one IFAD project is using stem plantation to help farmers adapt.

Over 400 million poor rural people have participated in programmes and projects supported by IFAD and partners around the world, and they all have stories to tell. Here are some of those stories, featuring women and men who are working to overcome poverty and determine the direction of their own lives. These ground-level accounts of hope and empowerment reside on the Rural Poverty Portal, powered by IFAD.