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Promoting the leadership of women in producers' organizations - Lessons from the experiences of FAO and IFAD

décembre 2015
This paper explores aspects of promoting rural women’s leadership in producers’ organizations (POs). Despite the vast amount of work that women perform in the agriculture sector, their role remains largely unrecognized. The concerns and issues of women farmers are scarcely heard at the local, national and global levels. One reason for this silence is that there are not enough women in leadership positions to be able to represent the interests of rural women. This shortage is compounded by women’s lack of voice in decision-making processes at all levels − from households to rural organizations − and in policymaking.

L’avantage de mettre en place des politiques Prendre en compte les priorités des petits exploitants en matière d’adaptation

décembre 2015
Prendre en compte les priorités des petits exploitants en matière d’adaptation

A new generation of rural transformation : IFAD in Latin America and the Caribbean

novembre 2015
The Latin America and the Caribbean region is a different place than it was 25 years ago. Today, every nation except Haiti is categorized as middle income. The region has reduced poverty by half, and the prevalence of hunger has declined by almost two thirds. More than half the adult population has attended secondary school. Rural areas are changing too. They are no longer narrowly defined by their food production role, and key issues encompass many non-agricultural topics – including non-farm employment opportunities, especially for young people and women; migration and remittances; social protection; and the role of secondary cities.

Etude de référence sur l’utilisation des bureaux de poste ruraux pour les transferts de fonds en Afrique

octobre 2015
Le présent étude a été demandé par le Mécanisme de financement pour l’envoi de fonds (MFEF) du Fonds international de développement agricole (FIDA), et réalisé par Taylor Nelson Sofres, TNS-RMS, dans le cadre de l’Initiative relative aux services financiers postaux en Afrique (APFSI).

Vers des résultats à plus grande échelle

octobre 2015
Like many development partners, IFAD has found that innovative free- standing development projects alone are not an effective vehicle for eradicating poverty at scale: they must be part of a longer-term process that can sustain learning and scaling up.

Avantage de l’atténuation: Maximiser les avantages connexes d’investir dans des initiatives d’adaptation des petits exploitants agricoles

octobre 2015
Le Groupe intergouvernemental sur l’évolution du climat (GIEC) a soulevé un dilemme difficile entre développement agricole et atténuation des changements climatiques.

Programme d’adaptation de l’agriculture paysanne (ASAP)

octobre 2015
Le Programme d’adaptation de l’agriculture paysanne (ASAP) a été lancé en 2012 par le Fonds international de développement agricole (FIDA) pour financer les initiatives des petits exploitants dans le domaine du climat et de l’environnement. Guichet de financement multidonateur pluriannuel, l’ASAP offre une nouvelle source de cofinancement visant à reproduire à plus grande échelle l’adaptation au changement climatique, qui sera intégrée dans les nouveaux investissements du FIDA d’un montant approximatif de 1 milliard d’USD par an. Il s’inscrit dans les processus habituels d’investissement du FIDA, avec de rigoureux dispositifs de supervision et de contrôle de la qualité.
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Finance for Food: Investing in Agriculture for a Sustainable Future

octobre 2015
Agriculture and food are critical areas in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – a global action plan aiming to guide the actions of governments, the private sector and a range of other stakeholders over the next fifteen years. The agrifood sector is a key area of investment for food security and nutrition.

IFAD Policy brief 2: An empowerment agenda for rural livelihoods

octobre 2015
This policy brief argues that the post-2015 development agenda should be designed to encourage governments and other actors to facilitate the economic and social empowerment of the poor rural people, in particular, marginalized rural groups such as women and indigenous peoples.

Transferts d’argent et inclusion financière

septembre 2015
Rapport du Fonds international de développement agricole et du Groupe Banque mondiale pour le Partenariat mondial du G20 pour l’inclusion financière

Délibérations: deuxième réunion mondiale du Forum des Peuples Autochtones au FIDA

septembre 2015
En février 2015, les peuples autochtones d’Afrique, d’Amérique latine, d’Asie et du Pacifique se sont réunis à Rome, au FIDA, pour la deuxième réunion mondiale du Forum des peuples autochtones.

Conférence africaine sur les transferts d’argent et les réseaux postaux - rapport officiel

septembre 2015
L’importance des transferts d’argent en provenance et à destination de l’Afrique, qui ont franchi le seuil des 60 milliards d’USD et continuent de croître rapidement, commence légitimement à attirer l’attention au niveau mondial.

ODI ASAP Progress Review

août 2015
This Progress Review evaluates the status of IFAD’s Adaptation to Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) at programme mid-term, 2.5 years after the first ASAP-investment has been approved by the IFAD Executive Board.

Creating pathways out of poverty in rural areas: Managing weather risk with index insurance

août 2015
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have joined forces to reduce the vulnerability of poor rural people to extreme weather events that can be devastating to agricultural productivity. With support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, IFAD and WFP are working to improve the access of poor rural people in developing countries to index-based weather insurance. This type of insurance can help them cope better when extreme weather hits, and can open the door to other financial services, in particular credit.

Refinancing facilities: IFAD introduces an innovation in rural finance development

août 2015
IFAD uses highly concessional loans in an innovative way in the Republic of Macedonia, the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Moldova. Low-cost refinancing capital makes rural investments attractive and profitable for formal financial institutions and reduces rural poverty by stimulating economic growth. In the past seven years, IFAD has successfully used refinancing facilities in economies in transition to stimulate investments on farms and in rural processing companies. The facilities have refinanced projects for a total value of over US$50 million in the Republic of Moldova, the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Armenia, with an excellent recovery performance. Refinancing operations have proved to be a viable alternative to established modes of financing rural investments through lines of credit and microfinance. And they have encouraged financial institutions to expand their rural networks and start investing in agro-projects from their own funds.

What others say about IFAD

août 2015
Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General IFAD is unique in the very clear focus of its mandate, and this sharp focus that also gives IFAD great strength, your specialist knowledge of agriculture and rural development will be even more valuable in the years ahead. Speech to IFAD staff, Chief Executives Board for Coordination meeting, May 2014 Marisa Lago, Assistant Secretary for International Markets and Development, United States Department of Treasury By taking an innovative, community-based approach to investing in smallholder farmers - the most vulnerable members in rural societies – IFAD is an important partner in the global fight against poverty and hunger. I’ve witnessed first-hand the positive impact of IFAD’s work in providing technical training, facilitating access to microfinance, and strengthening farmers’ organizations in countries ranging from Uruguay to Tanzania to Morocco. The United States was a founding member of IFAD and proudly remains a strong supporter.

Fulfilling the promise of African agriculture

août 2015
Agriculture plays a significant role in Africa, accounting for about 30 per cent of GDP south of the Sahara, as well as a significant proportion of export value. Not surprisingly, in most African countries, 60 per cent or more of employees work in agriculture. Yet this barely scrapes the surface of Africa’s promise. Only 6 per cent of cultivated land is irrigated in Africa, compared with 37 per cent in Asia, for example. Africa also has the largest share of uncultivated land with rain-fed crop potential in the world. In addition, African farmers use substantially less fertilizer per hectare than counterparts in East Asia and the Pacific.

Améliorer la nutrition par le biais de l’agriculture

août 2015
Améliorer les moyens d’existence des ruraux pauvres est au coeur de l’action du FIDA, et optimiser la contribution de l’agriculture à l’amélioration de la nutrition est un élément essentiel de cette mission. D’autres secteurs ont également un rôle à jouer, mais l’alimentation et l’agriculture sont les prémices d’une bonne nutrition.

Policy case study East African Community - Supporting public hearings on the East African Community Cooperative Societies Bill

août 2015
Cooperatives play a significant role in the economies of the five countries of EAC. There are more than 30,000 registered cooperatives in the region and the movement employs – directly or indirectly – more than 15 million people. About half of these cooperatives are related to agriculture. Savings and credit cooperatives are also becoming increasingly popular in the region.

Policy case study Tajikistan - Exchange on good practices for public policy consultations

août 2015
Tajikistan is the poorest of the former Soviet republics, and 77 per cent of its population lives in rural areas. Rural livelihoods typically depend on subsistence farming, livestock and remittances, with livestock ownership being a key component in income generation and diversification. In poor and remote agroecological regions the production of angora (which is processed into mohair) and cashgora goats often represents the only source of livelihood, particularly for poorer households. However, since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the sector has been constrained by the absence of goat breeding programmes, the limited harvesting and processing skills of small producers, and the lack of access to high-value markets. These factors have had direct impacts on the incomes of poor rural households, and particularly women, in Tajikistan.

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