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Dream weaver in Guatemala
In remote rural areas of developing countries, women are often relegated to house chores or on-farm labour because of a lack of literacy and numeracy skills.
Connecting remote rural communities with financial services
6 January 2017 - Remittance flows to and within Africa amounted to more than US$65 billion in 2016 and are expected to grow to US$80 billion by 2020. These flows represent a lifeline for more than 200 million people.
US Secretary's Global Diaspora Forum, Washington
The United States Department of State and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) unveiled this week in Washington, DC a new joint initiative to assist the flow of investment from international migrants to reduce rural poverty and boost food security in their home countries.
Adoption of system of rice intensification (SRI)
This is an introduction to a series of 4 training videos and details how IFAD has promoted the spread of SRI from Madagascar to Rwanda and then Burundi. Malagasy farmers went to Rwanda to share their knowledge and Burundian farmers then visited the same Rwandan farmers to take the knowledge back home. This farmer to farmer teaching and learning has proven to be very effective.
Women's inclusion sparks large-scale infrastructure projects in remote Pacific island
Date: 6 June 2016 Women on a remote Pacific island are breaking cultural barriers by taking on roles that shape the future of their communities.
Amid India's drought crisis, new ways of growing cotton helps small farmers
Date: 20 May 2016 More than three million farmers in India's Maharashtra state depend on cotton. In India, two consecutive years of weak monsoons have left some 330 million people — a quarter of the country — in the grip of drought.
AgTalks - William Otim-Nape: Dr. Cassava
In 2010, Times Magazine cited cassava as one of the most dangerous crops in the world, to be eaten at one's own risk if cooked improperly.
Reducing childhood malnutrition in Mexico
Date: 19 April 2016 Once a sacred grain for the Aztecs, amaranth and its incredible nutritional properties have long been forgotten in Mexico.
Senegal – Let the Sun Shine
Until a few years ago Awa Ndiaye and her women's farming cooperative were struggling to grow anything due to soil degradation and lack of water. But the adoption of a solar-powered water pump sparked a series of innovations which are helping Ndiaye and other farmers in South East Senegal adapt to the challenges posed by the changing climate.
Protecting the endangered bong tree
Date: 6 April 2016 Incense sticks are ever-present at Buddhist shrines across South East Asia. They are mostly made from the bark of the endangered bong tree, which is endemic to the region. Bong trees were once abundant in countries like Laos but, in 2008, overexploitation led the Lao government to declare that they were on the verge of extinction.
AgTalk – Seaweed Power
On the island of Zanzibar, the sea had always been a man's domain. But researcher Flower Ezekiel Msuya says things started to change when local women unleashed the commercial potential of seaweed.
IFAD Lecture: Winnie Byanyima on the future of aid
Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, delivered the inaugural IFAD Lecture at the 38th session of the Governing Council, IFAD's annual meeting of Member States. Her lecture – entitled 'The Future of Aid' – took place on 17 February 2015. It was the first in a planned series that IFAD has launched to advance thinking on rural transformation as a key to sustainable development in the post-2015 world.
Responding to Kenya's changing climate
Date: 16 March 2016 In eastern Kenya, the dry season is getting longer, and rainfall is less predictable. Only two per cent of people have enough food throughout the year, and almost half the children under five are malnourished. Maize is the predominant crop – but three out of four maize harvests fail.
Italian top chef Carlo Cracco cooks a “Recipe for Change” on World Environment Day
The theme of this year's World Environment Day, which falls on 5 June, is sustainable lifestyles. So, to celebrate the occasion, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) partnered with Italian celebrity chef, Carlo Cracco, to bring attention to the impact that climate change is having on many of the world's traditional foods.
Lesotho's award-winning chef talks climate change and supporting small farmers
In the high rocky peaks of the African mountain kingdom Lesotho, a female chef has been creating a buzz in international culinary circles by combining ancient traditional recipes from Mosotho elders with fresh local products sourced from smallholder farmers around the remote town of Thaba Tseka.
The diversity of rural women
Date: 8 March 2016 There are more than 370 million indigenous persons in the world and 50 per cent are women.
Laos: Nutritious Entertainment
Half the children in Laos are stunted and chronic under-nutrition is a major issue facing the country. Now a soap opera is teaching people in the most remote parts of the country how and what to cook for better nutrition. Produced with assistance from the Government of Canada.
The Burundi legal clinics
Land is one of the keys to building better lives and equality for poor rural women in the developing world. Yet women often have weak land rights, or are denied rights entirely, resulting in increased poverty for themselves and their families.
Mo Ibrahim delivers IFAD Lecture, urges African leaders to invest in agriculture
Rome, 19 February – Dr Mohamed Ibrahim, global entrepreneur and founder of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, delivered IFAD's Lecture during IFAD's 39th Governing Council, where he urged African leaders to invest more in the agricultural sector in the next 15 years.
Pablo Tittonell: Dishing up the dirt
Pablo Tittonell, Professor and Chair of the Farming Systems Ecology Group at Wageningen University. It is estimated that about 25 per cent of the soils in the world are degraded, are in a severely degraded state, and we are talking about agricultural soils in particular, soils that we are using for cultivation.
Ndongo Samba Sylla: Le commerce équitable et le défi de la transformation rurale durable
Ndongo Samba Sylla, economiste du développement: Le commerce équitable. La plupart d'entre vous en ont certainement déjà entendu parler. Je parie même que certains parmi vous ont déjà acheté un produit CE dans un supermarché ou commandé une tasse de café CE.
Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas: Essential elements
Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas, Senior Manager, Social Responsibility, and Executive Director, The Mosaic Company Foundation: I would like all of you to imagine a world where everyone has enough food to eat, especially smallholder farmers and their families.
Maximo Torero: Connectivity, content and kids
Maximo Torero, Director of the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI): What I am going to talk about today is a little bit different. I am going to talk about the consumer, which will be the small farmer, the producer and the supply of information to them, how this demand is governed by the supply of information and technology for them to have access to that information.
Gunnar Rundgren: The cost of cheap food
Gunnar Rundgren, author and former President, International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements: Thank you so much. This banana is bought across the street for 36 cents. This banana is bought across the street in the same shop for 66 cents, so how come?
Kari Huhtala: Essential elements
Kari Huhtala, Helsinki Pellervo Society, Cooperative Director: Good afternoon to everybody. These days many people are concerned about food and the food chain, if the food is safe and healthy or if it is too expensive or too cheap.
Gabriela Soto Muñoz: Empowering farmers while going organi
Gabriela Soto Muñoz, Eco-LOGICA, President: Thank you very much. Good afternoon to everyone. Thank you especially to IFAD for this wonderful opportunity to talk about the link between the consumer and the producers, and the organic certification. To do that I want to take you to three moments in history.
Emma Naluyima: In praise of pigs
Emma Naluyima - Smallholder farmer and veterinarian: I wake up every morning at 4 a.m. to hold a board meeting with my pigs. They say to me, if you take care of us we shall take care of you all the way to the barn.
Beatrice Makwenda: The future belongs to organised farmers
Beatrice Makwenda, Policy and Programmes Coordinator of the National Smallholder Farmers' Association of Malawi (NASFAM):
Chris Davis: A fair change experience
Chris Davis, Fairtrade International: Good morning. I would like to take you back in time 25 years to Oaxaca State in Mexico. A very sudden and rapid drop in world coffee prices as a result of subsidized overproduction, forced thousands upon thousands of small farmers to abandon their farms and migrate in search of work. Behind them, they left broken families and shattered communities
Apollinaire Djikeng: Lessons from the ugly pig
Apollinaire Djikeng, Director of the Biosciences eastern and central Africa - International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub: For many years I have kept a personal association and a personal importance to livestock.
Andrew Rugasira: Farmers and private sector - key to rural transformation
Andrew Rugasira, Founder and CEO of Good African Coffee: Allow me to set the scene for my talk with some statistics. Every day, 1.6 billion cups of coffee are consumed in the world. The producer countries, that is, Brazil with 37 million bags every year, Viet Nam with 24 million bags every year, right down to my own country Uganda with 3 million bags, earn US$24 billion a year from their coffee.
The Camelid Solution
Guillermo Vila Melo, Agronomist and founding member of the Association of Camelid of Argentina (ACA): As Ms Samii said, I shall be introducing you to my very first love, llamas and alpacas. Llamas on your right-hand side and alpacas on your left.
Stories from the field
Nepalese migrants send home $1.5 billion every year - over 20% of the country's GDP. Many of the women here rely on these remittances to survive. Now Savings and Credit Organisations, supported by IFAD and the Nepal Center for Micro-Finance, are facilitating safe money transfers and encouraging people to save. This is transforming villages like Makrahar where, for the first time, people are able to access credit.
Recipes for Change: Tuna with Taro Leaves
In this episode of Recipes for Change, Fiji's favorite chef, Lance Seeto, discovers how prolonged drought is threatening taro - Tonga's staple ingredient - when he joins a local farmer to cook Luu Ika (tuna with taro leaves).
Burundi: Justice for Maura
Burundi's civil war may have ended more than two decades ago, but violence in the country continues. Many of its victims are women, whose rights under the law are often ignored. Now a unique legal aid programme is helping thousands of women like Maura Ntukamazina learn about the law and reclaim their rights.
Uganda: Imagine your life differently
Twenty thousand families in 13 districts of Uganda are now imagining their lives differently. By creating a shared vision, husbands and wives are not only finding ways to break out of their poverty, but they are discovering the value of equality in their homes.
IFAD and Shamba Shape-Up
With the fourth and latest series of Shamba Shape-Up, Kenya's most watched agriculture TV show, IFAD staff have been talking to smallholder farmers about a range of practical issues, from cow care and livestock resilience to climate-change adaption.
Nicole Mason: The scope on fertilizer subsides
icole Mason, Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University: It is a great pleasure to be here. I want to start out in Southern Zambia, we have two farmers' fields here.
How courage brigades have transformed community life in Madhya Pradesh, India
In thousands of villages across the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, women are standing up for their rights.
Asociación con Intel para proporcionar información agrícola a los agricultores de Camboya
Intel Corporation y el FIDA se han asociado para aumentar el acceso de los pequeños agricultores a la información a través del nuevo software de Intel que ayudará a los agricultores a tomar decisiones bien fundamentadas sobre la selección de semillas y fertilizantes, la planificación de la cosecha y la gestión de ventas.
Bangladesh: Small fish, big gains
In a country where over 20 million people are estimated to be deficient in essential vitamins and minerals, eating small nutrient-rich fish can make a vital difference.
Viet Nam: Adapting in the Delta
Vietnam is the world's second largest exporter of rice and 60 percent of it is grown in the Mekong Delta. But now farmers in at least two provinces say the future of rice production is threatened because of rising sea levels and temperature increases attributed to climate change.
Bolivia: The Alpaca Connection
On Bolivia's high Andean plain, 4,500 metres above sea level, alpacas and llamas are becoming big business for poor ranchers.
Burkina Faso: Waiting for the rain
Weather patterns are becoming more unpredictable in the Sahel region of Burkina Faso. Farmers say the rainy season that once began regularly in June is often delayed and when the rain finally does come the sudden force and volume of water can cause flooding and destroy crops.
The Gambia: Reclaiming the Land
In The Gambia, women often farm on degraded, unproductive land. The more fertile land is usually reserved for men. But things are changing.
Kenya: Growing with the Flow
Like thousands of poor farmers living on the slopes of East Mount Kenya, Christine Mugure Munene used to depend on seasonal rains to water her crops. Now she has water whenever she wants.