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Burundi back on its feet: rebuilding after conflict

"When the massacres began in 1993 we were forced to take sides, seeking protection with either the government or the rebels", says Jean-Claude Sindayihebura, who is from Burambi in Bururi province.

Equity investment in rural Armenia: A business model with a development impact

When is an equity investment fund more than just a money machine? When it focuses on development rather than quick riches. That's exactly what a unique IFAD project has been doing in Armenia since 2009, with investments in the country's food-processing sector designed to expand markets and improve the economic prospects of smallholder farmers. Known as the Fund for Rural Economic Development in Armenia (FREDA), the initiative combines elements of both development assistance and banking.

United Nations International Day for South-South Cooperation

IFAD for southern grown development solutions Rome, 19 December 2011 – While the financial crisis still casts a shadow over many countries, the benefits

South-South Cooperation a must to add momentum to poverty reduction efforts

China's development experience cited as prime example by IFAD Rome, 20 July 2011 – Pressing challenges, such as a changing climate and volatile food prices,

A Tanzanian Mother Teresa is born: Pauline Samata, the "bamboo saint"

The International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) estimates that approximately 1.5 billion people depend in some way or another on bamboo and rattan.

Bringing land plots together to increase agricultural productivity

Intensifiying agricultural production is one of the key objectives of the Rwandan government to reduce poverty and guarantee food security. The Crop Intensification Programme (CIP) was introduced in 2007 at the national level to increase agricultural productivity and reduce import of staple agricultural products such as rice.

The grass is greener: rehabilitating the Syrian Badia

After years of intensive grazing and severe drought, the Syrian steppe, or Badia, has become badly degraded. An IFAD-supported project is working with local communities to regenerate and manage the rangelands for long- term productivity. Rehabilitation has restored vegetation and helped reduce herders' vulnerability to drought and the effects of climate change.

Graduating to a new life farming Egypt’s desert

An innovative scheme in Egypt is creating work for the country’s large number of unemployed graduates and boosting the economy by reclaiming agricultural land from the desert.

Helping nomadic families prepare for a complex future in Mongolia

Mongolia’s punishing climate and short growing season limit the variety in people’s diets and require families to work hard during the brief summer.

Boosting knowledge and financial security in Peru

Increasing the knowledge and assets of poor families is an effective way to fight poverty. An innovative IFAD-supported project in the southern highlands of Peru provides grants directly to small producers and to farmers’ organizations so they can develop new income opportunities.

Taking action to support women

New evaluation on gender equality and women's empowerment in IFAD's projects points the way to further progress Rome, 7 February 2011 – An evaluation of

Learning new horticultural techniques to raise income

Lobi is one of the most remote areas in Malawi. Located west of the market town of Dedza along the Mozambican border, it takes one hour travelling on a track road to reach the area.

Island groups reap the benefits of a new Pacific agricultural centre

A new agricultural research centre is helping Pacific islanders fight the effects of climate change and feed their people. Its work in crop production and improving soil fertility under island conditions offers benefits not just for the Pacific region, but for island groups throughout the world.

Chefs d’État européen et africain à la réunion annuelle du FIDA pour parler au nom des ruraux pauvres

Rome, 11 février 2010 – Les Présidents de la République d'Italie et la République Unie de Tanzanie, Georgio Napolitano et  Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, participeront

Monitoring social transformation for the vulnerable using visioning and household mentoring

The District Livelihoods Support Programme (DLSP), implemented by the Ministry of Local Government in Uganda, and funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has been piloting the use of visioning and household mentoring as a new approach to tackle rural poverty among poor communities.

How the Kenya Women Finance Trust became a model lender

Sometimes, numbers speak louder than words. Six years ago, the Kenya Women Finance Trust (KWFT) was losing around US$290,000 a year. By 2006, it was posting annual profits of US$1.87 million and changing the lives of more than 100,000 poor women. By any standard, this is a remarkable turnaround. But behind the numbers lies an even more remarkable story.

Farmers’ associations: unleashing innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit

In the Lilongwe district of Malawi, a farmers’ association has made a significant difference in the lives of the local community by providing training and enabling its members to negotiate higher prices for their crops.

An ancient form of water management helps farmers in Eritrea cope with water scarcity

Water is precious in Eritrea, where farmers have to cope with droughts and crop failures. With support from the government and an IFAD-funded project, farmers and herders are expanding spate irrigation, an ancient form of water management. By harnessing floodwaters and collecting run-off, farmers can provide enough water for the crop season. Now some farmers can obtain yields that are six times what they used to be.

Increasing access to financial services for poor rural people through policy dialogue and strengthened institutions

"Joining a SACCO opened my eyes, for long I did not know the benefits. All my enterprises now are supported by the SACCO, so why not value it especially at my age?" asks Paddy Musasizi of Ndeija Sub County, Rwampara District.

Sacred Cows of Rwanda

For small farmers in Rwanda, livestock and cows in particular, are an important element of a household, considered as an economic asset as well as a symbol of wealth and social status.

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