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The International Year of Family Farming (IYFF)

noviembre 2014
What is the International Year of Family Farming? Small family farms are the key to reducing poverty and improving global food security. The United Nations declared 2014 the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) to recognize the importance of family farming in reducing poverty and improving global food security. The IYFF aims to promote new development policies, particularly at the national but also regional levels, that will help smallholder and family farmers eradicate hunger, reduce rural poverty and continue to play a major role in global food security through small-scale, sustainable agricultural production. The IYFF provides a unique opportunity to pave the way towards more inclusive and sustainable approaches to agricultural and rural development that: Recognize the importance of smallholder and family farmers for sustainable development; Place small-scale farming at the centre of national, regional and global agricultural, environmental and social policies; Elevate the role of smallholder farmers as agents for alleviating rural poverty and ensuring food security for all; as stewards who manage and protect natural resources; and as drivers of sustainable development.

Lessons learned: Strengthening smallholder institutions and organizations

noviembre 2014
This note highlights the lessons learned in supporting smallholder institutions and organizations.

Burundi: Country Technical Note on Indigenous Peoples’ Issues

noviembre 2014
The Twa “Pygmy” of the Republic of Burundi are a small minority of around 80,000 people that self-identify as indigenous and are considered as such by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the UN system.

How to do note: Analyse and strengthen social capital

noviembre 2014
This How To Do Note guides design and country teams in conducting an initial analysis of organizations and their capacity development needs at the project design stage. It provides a conceptual framework and practical suggestions and tools to help practitioners systematically collate and summarize information captured during design missions.

Pequeñas explotaciones, gran impacto: integración sistemática de la adaptación al cambio climático para aumentar la capacidad de resistencia y fomentar la seguridad alimentaria

noviembre 2014
El cambio climático pone en peligro la base de recursos naturales de la mayor parte del mundo en desarrollo, acelera la degradación de los ecosistemas y convierte la agricultura en una actividad más arriesgada. En consecuencia, los pequeños agricultores, que desempeñan una función sumamente decisiva en la seguridad alimentaria mundial, se enfrentan a un clima cada vez más extremo. Los pequeños agricultores se ven afectados de una forma más directa por las sequías, las inundaciones y las tormentas, a la vez que sufren los efectos paulatinos del cambio climático, como el estrés hídrico en los cultivos y la ganadería, la erosión costera debida al aumento del nivel del mar y la imprevisibilidad de las infestaciones de plagas.

Insights and lessons learned from the reflections on the PIALA piloting in Vietnam

noviembre 2014
Under the 9th Replenishment, IFAD committed to moving 80 million rural people out of poverty cumulative from 2010 onwards to 2015, and conducting 30 rigorous impact assessments. Hence the urgent need for appropriate methodologies for impact assessment. To respond to this need, a few piloting initiatives have been launched, one of which is the Improved Learning Initiative (ILI) 2. This initiative aims to develop a potentially scalable Participatory Impact Assessment and Learning Approach (PIALA) that can help IFAD and its partners collaboratively assess, explain and debate its contributions to rural poverty impact. The PIALA design and piloting is funded by IFAD’s DFID-financed Innovation Mainstreaming Initiative (IMI) and BMGF’s Measurement, Learning and Evaluation Unit in the Agricultural Development Program; and with important contributions from IFAD’s Country Program Offices and partners in the pilot countries (Vietnam and Ghana), and its Strategy & Knowledge Management and Program Management Departments.

Pacific Regional Workshop Report

noviembre 2014
In February 2013, the First Global Meeting of the Indigenous Peoples Forum took place at the IFAD headquarters in Rome, in conjunction with the 36th session of the Governing Council. In attendance at this inaugural meeting were 31 indigenous people’s representatives from 25 countries in Asia, Pacific, Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean regions. Of the 19 Asia- Pacific regional representatives, two were from the Pacific; Mr. Anthony Wale, the Executive Director Aoke Langalanga Constituency Apex Association (ALCAA), and Ms Rufina Peter, Senior Research Officer at the PNG Institute of National Affairs. During the meeting the Pacific representatives highlighted the need for the Pacific to have a “separate identity” as per the outcomes of Asia Pacific regional preparatory workshop in Bangkok. The issue was one of visibility for the Pacific Region due to its unique, rich and diverse cultures and traditions, its significant land and sea area and its high biodiversity. The Pacific Regional meeting proposed three action plans, of which the Pacific Regional Workshop in preparation of the Second Global Meeting of the Indigenous Peoples’ Forum at IFAD is a direct result.

GFR 2013 Official Report

noviembre 2014
This report proceeds from the Global Forum on Remittances held in Bangkok, Thailand in 2013.

Case study: Household approach, Zambia

noviembre 2014
This case study illustrates how Household Approach (household methodology) has been used effectively in Zambia, highlighting how it has worked in a particular context. Links are provided to resources and online materials.

Case study: Chiefs and traditional leaders, Zambia

noviembre 2014
This case study illustrates how the Chiefs and Traditional Leaders Household Methodology has been used effectively in Zambia, highlighting how it has worked in a particular context. Links are provided to resources and online materials.

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