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Case Study: Household approach for gender, HIV and AIDS mainstreaming, Malawi

diciembre 2014
This case study illustrates how the household approach for gender, HIV and AIDS mainstreaming has been used effectively in Malawi, highlighting how it has worked in a particular context. Links are provided to resources and online materials.

European Union Food Facility Programme IFAD-ECOWAS-ICRISAT

noviembre 2014
To address food security problems and soaring prices for basic commodities, in December 2008 the European Union launched a Food Facility totalling €1 billion spread over three years, from 2009 to 2011. Under this initiative, the regional programme IFAD-EU-ECOWAS Food Facility was established with a budget of €20 million. The regional programme covers a number of countries in West Africa. To assure food security and protect the population from recurrent crises, countries dependent on foreign aid for much of their food supply, such as Benin, Mali, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, have designed strategies and programmes to support food security that are intended to increase food production through the intensification of strategic crops such as rice, cassava, yams and ground nuts, and widespread use of selected seeds and mineral fertilizers.

IFAD and Belgian Survival Fund Joint Programm - 25 years of cooperation

noviembre 2014
The Belgian Fund for Food Security (BFFS) was created by the Belgian Parliament in 1983 in response to the more than one million drought- and faminerelated deaths in East Africa. BFFS provides grants to pay for rural development projects, with a focus on food security and nutrition, in some of the poorest countries in Africa, helping extremely poor people to become healthier and more productive and lowering the risk that they will face starvation. The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized United Nations agency, was established as an international financial institution in 1977 as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference. It is dedicated to eradicating poverty and hunger in rural areas of developing countries. Through low-interest loans and grants, it develops and finances programmes and projects that enable poor rural people to overcome poverty themselves.

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.

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