Enabling the rural poor to overcome poverty in Swaziland

octobre 2007

IFAD’s intention is to help poor rural households by creating sustainable jobs, reducing poverty and guaranteeing food security. To meet this goal IFAD places emphasis on intensifying agricultural output and supporting smallholders within irrigation schemes, as well as helping develop small rural businesses. In particular, IFAD works to improve linkages to financial services and markets, to support providers of financial and marketing services and to strengthen the capacity of poor rural communities and their institutions.

The Government of Swaziland, key stakeholders and IFAD are jointly designing a new investment focusing on rural finance and enterprise development.

Investing in rural people in Comoros

octobre 2007

Le FIDA prend appui sur les communautés et leurs organisations pour développer des activités génératrices d’emploi, agricole ou non, et de revenus. Les cultures vivrières, la production laitière et la recherche de débouchés commerciaux pour ces produits dans les quatre îles de l’archipel feront l’objet d’une attention particulière, ainsi que la conservation et la transformation locale des produits. 

En ce qui concerne les cultures de rente, le FIDA financera sous forme de don la mise en relation des producteurs avec les marchés équitables.

IFAD Annual Report 2006

juin 2007
Découvrez, dans notre Rapport annuel 2006, les actions entreprises par le FIDA pour promouvoir la transformation du monde rural. Le document montre aussi comment nos investissements autonomisent les ruraux, femmes et hommes, et présente les données et les chiffres que nous communiquons à nos États membres et nos partenaires. Vous pourrez également en apprendre davantage sur les activités de plaidoyer que nous menons au nom des communautés rurales à travers le monde.

Improving marketing strategies in Western and Central Africa

juin 2007
Many rural development efforts in Western and Central Africa have focused on how to improve poor farmers’ yields. But better yields have not always translated into greater incomes. As the use of cassava has grown, the role of efficient markets and a better coordinated cassava chain have become increasingly important to producers and processors who depend on a stable cassava sector for income.

IFAD in the Near East and North Africa region

janvier 2007

IFAD’s work in the region is guided by the organization’s Strategic Framework, its four thematic priorities for the region and by individual country strategic opportunities papers (COSOPs), reflecting governments’ own priorities in rural development and prepared in consultation with governments, donors and other partners.

Annual report on investigative and anti-corruption activities 2006

janvier 2007
The Oversight Committee (OVC) was established in May 2000 with a mandate to coordinate investigations into alleged irregular practices, namely (i) fraud and corruption, when applied to entities, contractors and non-staff individuals applying for or participating in IFAD-financed activities, and (ii) staff misconduct. The efforts of the Fund to prevent the incidence of fraud and corruption in its activities and operations were further boosted through the adoption of an anticorruption policy by the Executive Board in November 2005. Throughout 2006, IFAD worked towards introducing the structures and tools required for implementing its anticorruption policy. In 2006, the investigative capacity of the OVC was considerably reinforced with the establishment of the Investigation Section within the Office of Internal Audit. The OVC took specific actions to model its operating procedures and practices according to quality standards and best practices. It also took the lead in other activities related to implementation of the IFAD anticorruption policy, which included organizing an external review of the Fund’s investigation and sanction processes. The review prompted a major institutional reform of IFAD’s legal framework and procedures for conducting investigations and imposing sanctions, including the disbanding of the OVC, redefinition of the role of the Office of Internal Audit (renamed the Office of Audit and Oversight), establishment of a sanctions committee, and development of debarment procedures. These changes were introduced in early 2007, aligning IFAD with best practices applied by other United Nations agencies and the major multilateral development banks in this area. 

Enabling the rural poor people to overcome poverty in Eritrea

novembre 2006

IFAD’s experience in Eritrea underscores the difficulty of operating in an acutely poor country affected by armed conflict. There are severe constraints on institutional capacity and human resources. Few skilled local staff are available and the capacity of public service
providers to intervene in new projects is limited.
IFAD began operations in the country in 1995, just two years after independence, and its first project had the aim of rehabilitating the crucially important irrigation system in the eastern lowlands. A second project was approved in 2002 to increase farmers’ incomes
from crop and livestock production in the western lowlands. IFAD’s loans to Eritrea total US$22.7 million.

In Eritrea IFAD’s strategy focuses on the reconstruction of communities and their development needs. Improving the management of natural resources is also a priority.
Assistance is directed at the eastern and western lowlands, where rural poverty is most severe and where social and economic infrastructures have been seriously disrupted by the conflict. These are also the areas with the best immediate prospects for expanding the production of small-scale farmers.

Linking land and water governance

juin 2006

Secure access by rural poor people to both land and water is central to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, in particular the target of reducing by half the proportion of people living in extreme poverty and hunger by 2015.

Most of these people depend on agriculture for their livelihoods.

However, international debate continues to address land and water issues separately, and to view the significant use of water in agriculture as problematic.

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First mile project - factsheet 2

mars 2006
Le projet First Mile est destiné à aider les petits agriculteurs, les commerçants, les
transformateurs et les autres acteurs des zones rurales pauvres à mettre en place des filières
commerciales reliant les producteurs aux consommateurs. Une bonne communication est
vitale. Le projet encourage les membres de communautés rurales isolées à utiliser le téléphone
mobile, le courrier électronique et l'Internet pour s'échanger des données d'expérience et de
bonnes pratiques locales, dans le cadre d'un apprentissage mutuel. Si les technologies de la
communication sont importantes, le succès réel de l'entreprise dépend du renforcement de la
confiance et de l'esprit de collaboration tout au long de la filière commerciale. Les agriculteurs
et les autres intervenants finissent par acquérir les connaissances et l'expérience locales
nécessaires et par les partager – même avec les membres de communautés éloignées – pour
concevoir ainsi des idées nouvelles.

IFAD Annual Report 2005

mars 2006
Vous pouvez découvrir, dans le Rapport annuel 2005, les résultats des activités du FIDA. Le document présente aussi des récits concernant les populations rurales dans lesquelles nous investissons, et évoque les activités de plaidoyer que nous menons pour que les besoins des communautés rurales demeurent en tête des priorités dans l'agenda international pour le développement.

Annual report on investigative and anti-corruption activities 2005

janvier 2006
The IFAD Oversight Committee (OVC) was established by the President of IFAD in May 2000 to coordinate investigations into alleged irregular practices as a means of ensuring consistent, prompt and appropriate responses to allegations. The OVC investigates allegations of irregular practices pertaining to activities within IFAD or in connection with operations and contracts financed by IFAD, decides on the investigative actions to be taken, determines the role of IFAD in investigations involving external parties (such as national authorities or cooperating institutions), and reports to the President the facts that have emerged from the investigation.

A multifaceted field collaboration among FAO, IFAD and WFP

décembre 2005
La FAO, le FIDA et le PAM redoublent d’efforts pour aider les pays à atteindre les Objectifs du Millénaire pour le développement (OMD). Plus d’un milliard d’êtres humains vivent dans un état de pauvreté extrême, sont victimes de la faim ou de la sous-alimentation. La grande majorité – environ 810 millions de femmes, d’hommes et d’enfants – vivent en milieu rural, et dépendent de l’agriculture et d’activités connexes. Les trois organismes siégeant à Rome conviennent qu’aucun des Objectifs ne peut être atteint si on n’aide pas les personnes démunies, en particulier celles qui vivent dans les zones rurales, à lutter pour sortir de la pauvreté et de la faim. En conséquence, les organismes concentrent leurs efforts sur le premier Objectif, à savoir réduire de moitié d’ici 2015 le pourcentage de personnes vivant dans une pauvreté et une faim extrêmes.
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