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Dar a la población rural pobre de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela la oportunidad de salir de la pobreza

junio 2009
El FIDA ha aprobado seis préstamos para la República Bolivariana de Venezuela, por un monto aproximado de USD 80 millones. También ha aprobado dos donaciones de asistencia técnica, en 1991 y 1998 respectivamente, para el Programa Regional de Capacitación en Desarrollo Rural, cuya ejecución estuvo a cargo de la Fundación para la Capacitación e Investigación Aplicada a la Reforma Agraria (CIARA), adscrita al Ministerio del Poder Polar para la Agricultura y Tierras. El mandato del FIDA de reducir la pobreza mejorando las condiciones de vida y aumentando los ingresos de la población rural pobre afronta importantes desafíos y oportunidades. El FIDA trabaja en asociación con el Gobierno y otros donantes para financiar programas y proyectos destinados a la población más pobre, en particular los pequeños agricultores, los campesinos sin tierra, los pueblos indígenas y las minorías étnicas, así como a las mujeres del medio rural en general. Uno de los principales asociados del FIDA en los proyectos de desarrollo rural más recientes, la Fundación CIARA, cumple una función importante como administrador de programas de desarrollo en nombre del Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Agricultura y Tierras de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela.

Land grab or development opportunity? Agricultural investment and international land deals in Africa

junio 2009
Over the past 12 months, large-scale acquisitions of farmland in Africa, Latin America, Central Asia and Southeast Asia have made headlines in a flurry of media reports across the world. Lands that only a short time ago seemed of little outside interest are now being sought by international investors to the tune of hundreds of thousands of hectares. And while a failed attempt to lease 1.3 million ha in Madagascar has attracted much media attention, deals reported in the international press constitute the tip of the iceberg. This is rightly a hot issue because land is so central to identity, livelihoods and food security.

IFAD and rural water investments

marzo 2009
IFAD is currently engaged in over 230 loan operations in 85 countries. About two thirds of that portfolio is related to community-based natural resource management. Poor rural people and their institutions are at the core of this approach. Water is critical to these men and women pastoralists, fishers, farmers, young and old, part- or full-time, urban or rural, indigenous, tribal or otherwise often marginalized people. It is the key entry point for improving their livelihoods.

Interventions for improving livelihoods

marzo 2009
Climate change represents an additional challenge to rural people in SSA – and a further reason for investment in water control. Smallholder farmers, pastoralists and artisanal fishers are among the most vulnerable to this threat. While projections of changes in annual rainfall vary across Africa, these groups will experience the negative effects of increased temperature and extreme events. For them, enhanced control of water will become critical in building resilience to increased climate variability.

Guidance Notes for institutional analysis in rural development programmes: an overview

marzo 2009
Guidance notes for institutional analysis in rural development programmes provides a synthesis of the training materials developed as part of the Institutional Analysis (IA) methodology. They propose that we rethink how we conceptualize and promote institutional change, particularly for pro-poor service delivery. They provide a framework and the analytical tools for designing programmes and projects that feature implementation modalities based on some of the core principles of good governance, focusing on “pro-poor governance” and systemic sustainability at the micro and meso levels.

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