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Caring for the Planet Starts from the Ground

diciembre 2017
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.

The Malian diaspora invests to offer young people a better future at home

noviembre 2017
In Mali, young rural people find it difficult to borrow funds to start or develop their agricultural activities. This may now change thanks to the Babyloan Mali platform.

Agriculture is finally on the agenda!

noviembre 2017
In an iconic decision at COP 23, negotiators in Bonn agreed to new negotiation processes to “jointly address” a number of new agriculture topics – for the first time naming agriculture directly in the agreement.

UN Climate Change Conference – COP 23

noviembre 2017
The UNFCCC COP23 is officially under way after an exciting opening ceremony. President of UNFCCC COP22 in Marrakech last year, H.E. Mr. Salaheddine Mezouar, talked about the triumphs of the Moroccan presidency and paid tribute to Fiji.

La historia de Silvia

noviembre 2017
El cauce seco y polvoriento del río Tunuyán contrasta con un cielo plomizo que anuncia lluvias. "Llegan ustedes justo con el agua, aunque lo cierto es que este año hemos tenido bastante lluvia", comenta sonriente Silvia Gómez, Presidenta de la Asociación La Gloriosa, quien nos recibe en La Gloriosa, en el departamento mendocino de La Paz, Argentina.

Leading the way - new conference promotes rural solutions through SSTC

noviembre 2017
On 20-21 November 2017, high-level government representatives, development professionals, representatives of the private sector, members of international civil society and academia will meet in Brasilia at the first IFAD-organized conference to promote rural innovations and solutions through South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) for improved livelihoods in developing countries.

Ploughing for profits

octubre 2017
Gavharbi Ahmadova and Faizov Kamarali are both from the Khatlon region in Tajikistan but from different villages. Although they have never met, they have a lot in common - they both struggle to sustain their families with a steady income through farming, an almost impossible task given the near absence of agricultural machinery with which to cultivate land and harvest crops on time.

World Food Day 2017 - Changing the future of migration

octubre 2017
When Mosammat Karfunnesa, 50, was raising her four sons in rural Bangladesh, she could not afford to send them to school, and her husband, a rural laborer, was often unemployed. But despite these challenges, Karfunnesa never gave up on wanting to make a difference for her family.

IFAD partners with rural youth to get their voices heard at Bonn Climate Summit

octubre 2017
The Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN) are coming to the UNFCCC COP23 in Bonn this November. IFAD has partnered with CSAYN because of their shared passion for raising awareness of climate change impacts and actions amongst young people in rural communities.

Celebrating the International Day of Rural Women

octubre 2017
October 15 is the International Day of Rural Woman and a chance to celebrate the accomplishments of rural women around the world. Rural women play key roles in their families, communities and countries, and yet they are often severely disadvantaged, economically, socially and politically.

Sorghum - a new hope in dry times

octubre 2017
While droughts devastate maize yields in parts of Kenya, IFAD supports farmers to grow more resilient crops, such as short-stemmed sorghum.

Los árboles de la esperanza

octubre 2017
La sequía amenaza gran parte del África Oriental y Meridional, poniendo en peligro los medios de subsistencia de los agricultores. Pero con financiación del FIDA, las comunidades en Kenya están plantando árboles para ayudar a salvaguardar su futuro.

On the ground in Ethiopia

septiembre 2017
In September, the Heads of the UN’s three Rome-based food agencies visited drought-affect parts of Ethiopia where at least 8.5 million people were in need of food aid.

Investing in rural development matters more than ever

septiembre 2017
Global hunger is on the rise again after steadily declining for over a decade, according to the latest report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World.

Recipes for change: Kenya Muviku

septiembre 2017
Try the Recipe at home: Muviku - Kenya

New research finds the potential of waste reuse for small farmers worldwide

agosto 2017
New research shows how food, agro-industrial and human waste can support food security and sustainability around the world.

Better feed for cows benefits dairy farmers in India and Tanzania

agosto 2017
Innovative strategies increase milk production and boost small farmers’ food security and livelihoods.

Creating opportunities for rural youth is more urgent than ever

agosto 2017
By creating employment opportunities for rural youth, countries can reap the demographic dividends of a young vibrant workforce.

Organics offer new opportunities to young farmers in the Pacific Islands

agosto 2017
A growing IFAD-supported movement in the Pacific Islands is helping farmers tap into international organics markets. By having their products certified as organic, Pacific Island farmers are raising their incomes, increasing their resilience and maintaining their cultures.

Searching for a better way to farm

agosto 2017
With her granddaughter in hand, Ruth Stephen Chileshe proudly shows off the large iron-roofed brick house she recently built selling maize, cassava, beans and ground nuts from her small farm in rural Zambia. Only 10 meters down the pathway stands the remnants of her old and much smaller home.

Rural poor people in Madagascar strengthen resilience through land tenure

julio 2017
In western Madagascar, IFAD-supported projects have been helping people in rural areas gain legal rights to their land – a key tactic in the fight against poverty.

Boosting nutrition one TV show at a time in Laos

julio 2017
In rural communities in northern Laos, an IFAD supported programme is using a television soap opera to help tackle extreme poverty and malnutrition.

Almonds and apricots flower on once-barren land

julio 2017
Family farmers in the West Bank are growing high value crops such as almonds and apricots on once-barren hillsides, seeing their incomes rise by 80 per cent or more. About 36,000 people have taken part in an IFAD-funded natural resource management programme, which prioritized terracing, fencing, irrigation, rock removal and other techniques to reclaim and rehabilitate land.

Reducing rice imports helps smallholder farmers in Nigeria

julio 2017
An IFAD-supported programme in Nigeria is helping to reduce dependence on imported rice and strengthening the access of smallholder farmers to local markets.

Native fruits fuel rural development in Brazil

julio 2017
Wild and local fruits, such as umbu (Spondias tuberosa), passionfruit and guava, are fuelling the growth of a prosperous cooperative led by women in a remote area of north-eastern Brazil.

Smallholder farmers bring high value to their crops in Nepal

junio 2017
Piyola Oli is a farmer in western Nepal. One of her main challenges is access to quality seeds. Through the IFAD-supported High-Value Agriculture Project in Hill and Mountain Areas project, Oli has learned how to produce good quality onion seeds from her own produce and her income has increased considerably.

Maximizing the efficiency of development evaluation through ICTs

junio 2017
Conference will explore how development can be assisted by information and communication technologies for evaluation evaluation.

Consultation on the Eleventh Replenishment of IFAD's resources

junio 2017
replenishment  
During 2017, IFAD Member States have been meeting regularly in Rome for Consultations on the Eleventh Replenishment of the Fund's resources (IFAD11).

Protecting the environment through sustainable production

mayo 2017
The Sustainable Land Management in the Semi-Arid Sertão Project was designed as a complement to the IFAD-financed Dom Helder Câmara Project (DHCP), which ran from 1998 to 2007 in various areas of the semi-arid northeastern Brazil. The Sertão Project aimed to address pressing environmental and land degradation issues, and to build resilience to climate change. The project focused on the caatinga — a uniquely Brazilian scrub forest covering approximately 10 per cent of the total area of the country. The caatinga is one of Brazil's most threatened natural landscapes.

Bong tree farming raises income of former rice farmers in Laos

mayo 2017
Farmers in Laos are rediscovering the value of a traditional crop – the bark of the bong tree. Because the once-abundant bong trees are now on the endangered species list, smallholders are establishing profitable plantations to meet the growing demand for the aromatic bark.

Making the most of Africa’s rural youth

abril 2017
The potential powerhouse of energy and creativity of the world’s 1.2 billion young people was highlighted by Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of IFAD during the annual spring meetings of the World Bank Group (Bank) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that are currently underway.The event brings together central bankers, ministers of finance and development sector executives, among others, to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness.

Ecuador: One year after the earthquake

abril 2017
Their house collapsed. And with it, all of their belongings and memories were lost. Fortunately, Manuel Reyes and his family survived. But not everyone was so lucky.

In conversation with IFAD’s new President, Gilbert F. Houngbo

abril 2017
Gilbert F. Houngbo became the sixth President of IFAD on 1 April 2017. In the days leading up to this, the new President took a moment to answer some questions about his life growing up in rural Togo, the importance of building rural economies that offer hope to young people, the social injustices that compel him to believe in the power of development and the challenges ahead for IFAD.

Knowledge for development

abril 2017
Knowledge is at the centre of global development and an essential element for the achievement of Agenda 2030. Development organizations are increasingly recognizing the role of knowledge and learning to increase development impact and effectively contribute to the SDGs.

The power of self-help: how women in India are achieving economic, social and political empowerment

marzo 2017
Women from more than 246,000 households have taken steps to change their lives by becoming part of the IFAD-supported Tejaswini Rural Women’s Empowerment Programme in the Indian State of Madhya Pradesh.

Sowing the seeds of progress – one woman’s story

marzo 2017
Rekha Pandram, 34, is a Gond woman who has transformed the lives of more than 7,500 women and their families across 40 villages in the Dindori district of Madhya Pradesh, India.

UN’s Rome-based agencies team up to fight hunger and support rural development in Madagascar

marzo 2017
The UN’s three Rome-based agencies demonstrated the power of working together yesterday when staff from the Madagascar interagency country team were recognized for their work to promote rural resilience and boost food security on the island nation off the east coast of Africa.

UN food agencies highlight successful collaboration in the field

marzo 2017
In an example of how the UN's three Rome-based food agencies are stronger working as one, staff from the Madagascar interagency country team were today recognized for their work to promote rural resilience and boost food security in the African island nation.

Building a life after conflict

marzo 2017
Rénilde Buhembe, 54, is a mother of three (two girls and a boy) who lives in the village of Rwingiri in Gitega province in central Burundi. She was widowed at age 18 and when in 1993, civil war broke out, she took in three more little boys who had lost their parents in the conflict.

IFAD to host high-level conference on innovative approaches to financing for rural development

enero 2017
IFAD is joining forces with the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Brookings Institution and the University of Warwick to host an international conference in Rome.

Case study: Shifting to conservation agriculture to build resilience to climate change

noviembre 2016
Moldova has agriculture as its key economic sector. At the same time, the national economy and rural livelihoods are inherently highly vulnerable to climate change related events.

Protecting women’s rights in the face of domestic violence in India and Burundi

noviembre 2016
Each year, to raise public awareness of gender-based violence across the world, the United Nations recognizes 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Recipes for change: Pollo Pibil

noviembre 2016
Try the Recipe at home: Pollo Pibil - Mexico

Amidst drought and flooding, Malawian farmers look to diversify their diet

noviembre 2016
An IFAD-supported project is encouraging Malawian farmers to eat the food they produce - instead of over relying on maize and other food products that they are forced to buy.

Ayudando a los agricultores bolivianos a ganar terreno al cambio climático

noviembre 2016
ambién quieren construir un lavadero para evitar gastar tiempo y dinero en desplazarse hasta Capinota para lavar las verduras y tubérculos que cultivan antes de venderlos. Incluso quieren comenzar a criar ganado de forma sistemática. Tener vacas les permitiría mejorar todavía más la alimentación de la comunidad gracias a la leche y sus productos derivados y aprovechar el abono natural que generan para el cultivo. Hablando acerca de todos los desafíos que enfrentan, Elías Solís, otro líder comunitario, asegura: “Queremos demostrar que somos capaces de seguir ganando tierras al río para alimentar a nuestras familiar y asegurar la seguridad alimentaria de nuestro país”.

Saadia Imad, Chief Field Support

noviembre 2016
I have been working with IFAD since 2016 as the Chief of the Field Support Unit. This role is an important element of IFAD's operation in the field - we provide the logistics, the conduit and the means for IFAD to carry out its mandate and operations. Not only the administrative aspect - we also provide the coverage to food security, which is essential considering that IFAD has a significant presence in fragile states and conflicted regions in the world.

Seeking proposals and planning for the Indigenous Peoples Forum

noviembre 2016
IFAD seeks proposals for grant-funded projects designed to empower indigenous peoples, even as it counts down to the second global meeting of the Indigenous Peoples Forum.

Recetas para el cambio: Sopa de bagre agridulce

octubre 2016
El Fondo Internacional de Desarrollo Agrícola (FIDA), agencia especializada de las Naciones Unidas, invierte en la población rural, empoderándola para

Recetas para el cambio: Platanos con frijoles y guisantes partidos

octubre 2016
El Fondo Internacional de Desarrollo Agrícola (FIDA), agencia especializada de las Naciones Unidas, invierte en la población rural, empoderándola para reducir la pobreza, aumentar la seguridad alimentaria, mejorar la nutrición y fortalecer la capacidad de adaptación.

Recetas para el cambio: Chairo sopa

octubre 2016
El Fondo Internacional de Desarrollo Agrícola (FIDA), agencia especializada de las Naciones Unidas, invierte en la población rural, empoderándola para

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