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The benefits of bamboo: support for livelihoods, the environment and women’s empowerment

mars 2016
An IFAD grant-supported programme has demonstrated the enormous potential of bamboo in contributing to rural poverty reduction in several countries in

A cross-continental partnership improves smallholder farmers’ lives

mars 2016
27 MARCH 2015 – Science is the pillar of improvement, and agriculture is the pillar of food security. Through the programme, both of those pillars come

A family that works together can overcome poverty

mars 2016
As the Lead Technical Specialist of the IFAD Gender Team, Clare Bishop-Sambrook explained "IFAD has been developing HHMs for several years as an effective

Stewards of biodiversity adapt to a changing climate

mars 2016
Local varieties grown in the programme area. Clockwise from top: hands holding yellow maize, white maize and bambara groundnuts Zimbabwe: Scaling up People's

“Water is critical to development,” says IFAD expert

mars 2016
Access to water means Lake, a smallholder farmer in Ethiopia, no longer has to rely on food aid to survive. He is making an income and feeding his family.

World Water Day 2015: Water for sustainable development, water for life

mars 2016
WATER IS HEALTH. Farmer rinses fruit and vegetables using water from a new irrigation system in Ecuador. © IFAD/Susan Beccio 20 MARCH 2015 – Water lies

Recipes for Change: Vai Ika (Tuna and taro leaves)

mars 2016
Try the recipe Vai Ika (Tuna and taro leaves) - Tonga

Gender equality begins in the home

mars 2016
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By encouraging rural families to work together in a way that benefits everyone, IFAD's household methodologies has already shown promising results in Uganda,

International Day of Rural Women: Message from Michel Mordasini, Vice-President of IFAD

mars 2016
The Vice-President of IFAD, Michel Mordasini (centre) meets with a group of female shea processors at Kanvilli in Northern Ghana. ©IFAD/Francis Kokoroko

Improving food security in Bolivia

mars 2016
11 December 2015 – Juana Huarachi is a llama herder and agronomist from the poor rural community of Curahuara de Carangas, Oruro in western Bolivia. Fifteen

Promoting gender equality in Morocco

mars 2016
25 September 2015 – Fatima Ait Lhoussine lives in a remote village in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. Not long ago, the only jobs she could do were household

Innovation, agriculture and a changing climate

mars 2016
Dr.Ismahane Elouafi is passionate about innovation. A scientist, geneticist and the Director General of the , Elouafi and her team are working to find

European Commission and IFAD: Innovating together

janvier 2016
Since 2006, the European Commission (EC) has collaborated with IFAD in financing a series of thematic and country programmes. This relatively recent partnership has grown in multiple and interesting directions, both in terms of funds invested, and the spread of programmes that benefit from that investment. From the US$50 million given to IFAD through the Food Facility of 2008, the EC now invests a total of more than US$326 million across selected thematic and country programmes. A relationship of trust, rigour and shared vision has evolved.

Joseph Nganga, Programme Officer

janvier 2016
I have worked as a Country Programme Officer since 2011, but before that I worked in IFAD-funded projects in Kenya. When I was recruited to work at IFAD I was overjoyed. Starting as a national officer and now participating at the international level has been great - blending hard facts with experience drawn from the field and spicing them up was quite a contribution.

Seiko Yabumoto, Assistant

janvier 2016
I've been at IFAD since 2006 initially as temporary staff and in 2007 I started working with the governing bodies office as an assistant. In 2011 I become Assistant to the Director & Treasurer. My roles at IFAD have been a great way to be exposed to IFAD operations – all official documents pass through the Governing Bodies office and all the IFAD commitments and deliverables are recorded. That was a great way to be thrown into IFAD's work. I have brought previous experience and knowledge with me from the private sector and the fashion industry. Everything that you learn, you never throw away. At IFAD I have been able to build on these experiences.

Building a better life for rural youth in El Salvador

novembre 2015
As IFAD commemorates a 30-year partnership with El Salvador during ‘IFAD Week' – we look at the challenges and opportunities faced by rural youth in the country.

Supporting Natural Resources Management through Community Innovation Centres

novembre 2015
The Centre Communautaire d'Innovation (CCI) or Community Innovation Centres were first introduced in Rwanda to provide technical and organisational support to small farmers as part of a pilot project supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Support Project for the Strategic Plan for the Transformation of Agriculture (PAPSTA).

Les recettes du changement: poulet Yassa

octobre 2015
Il y a plusieurs variétés d'oignons cultivés au Sénégal. Peut-être les plus communs sont les espèces Gandiol et Noflaye, bien connus pour leur goût fort

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples promotes health and well-being

août 2015
Representatives of indigenous peoples meet with IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze at the second Global Meeting of the Indigenous Peoples' Forum in February.

Conservation practices made worthwhile

août 2015
Deep ravines and gullies gutting into hillsides define the rolling valleys within the Lake Tana watershed. Soil erosion is a widespread primary factor degrading fertile lands within Ethiopia, causing an estimated loss of two billion tons of fertile soils, and reducing the agricultural GDP but 2.3% a year1.

Du chômage à la création d'entreprises: aider la jeunesse arabe à prendre son avenir en mains en milieu rural

juillet 2015
Dans la région du Proche-Orient et de l'Afrique du Nord, 17 millions de jeunes – plus de 20% de la population – n'ont pas d'emploi. C'est le taux le plus élevé parmi toutes les régions du monde.

A new biogas system for Africa

juillet 2015
Biogas is becoming increasingly more popular as a form of energy to power rural communities in Africa who live far away from the electricity grid.

The Road to Addis: Partnership is the cornerstone of development

juillet 2015
This week the international community gathers in Addis Ababa for the . The conference aims to mobilize the resources needed to finance the proposed . Solving

Rome-based agencies propose post-2015 targets for sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition

juillet 2015
ROME, 9 April 2014 – During a high-level dialogue held in Rome last week, the three Rome-based United Nations agencies presented a suggested set of targets

Community Radio reaching out to small scale farmers in Mozambique

mai 2015
Local radio stations can be a powerful means of communication, particularly to smallholder farmers located in remote rural places. When listening to the radio, they feel connected to the rest of the world and become better informed.

What can Make or a Break a Farmer

mai 2015
If you are a farmer with land to harvest and your machinery is old and often broken, you have a problem. If you need to feed your family and earn a living from your crops, you have an even bigger problem.

Les recettes du changement: Tagine d'agneau aux truffes marocaines

mai 2015
Les Hauts Plateaux de l'Est marocain, situés à environ 1000-1400 m au-dessus du niveau de la mer, s'étendent sur quatre provinces (Oujda, Taourirt, Jerada et Figuig). C'est une région fragile au niveau socio-économique et environnemental.

IFAD and Expo Milano 2015: Feeding the planet, energy for life

avril 2015
The universal exposition running in Milan from May through October fosters a dialogue about global challenges involving nutrition and natural resources that are key for IFAD and its UN partners.

International Women’s Day: Empowering rural women to achieve food and nutrition security

mars 2015
As the 20th anniversary of the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women approaches, lFAD and its partners highlight the role of rural women in sustainably feeding the developing world.

IFAD's 2015 Gender Awards: Meet the winners

mars 2015
Rome, 30 November 2015 – On 25 November, in honour of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, IFAD hosted its third annual Gender Awards to celebrate five best-performing IFAD-supported projects that are making a real difference to women’s lives.

Haiti: Sharing knowledge across the border with the Dominican Republic

mars 2015
The border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic is a poor region, but it is critically important to both countries. On the Haitian side, in particular, there is substantial yet unexploited economic potential.

Exporting vegetables: a new challenge for Guatemalan indigenous women

mars 2015
In the central highlands of Guatemala, indigenous rural families depend primarily on the land to make a living. The project Productive Capacity Building for Mujeres Cuatro Pinos, has worked with a cooperative made up of 275 indigenous women producers and their families, to diversify their income sources and improve their livelihoods.

Empowering communities to innovate for rural development

mars 2015
Over the last 15 years, IFAD-funded development projects in the Southern Highlands of Peru have generated considerable knowledge, experience and good practices on empowering poor rural people and their associations. They have raised the interest of other IFAD and external practitioners and a high demand for knowledge sharing. Yet, the processes and methods that made these results possible remain poorly understood.

Rural transformation in Sierra Leone: Meeting the challenges of fragility and Ebola

février 2015
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Even before the Ebola crisis, Sierra Leone was a fragile state. At the time the outbreak hit in May 2014, the country had been slowly recovering from a brutal 10-year civil war that left hundreds of thousands internally displaced.

Equal rights begin in the home: household mentoring in Uganda

janvier 2015
Household mentoring is an innovative tool that provides the skills and knowledge that enable poor families to improve their well-being and incomes. And, as an IFAD-supported programme in Uganda has shown, it also promotes greater equality and shared decision-making among household members.

Rana Al Saadi, Arabic Senior Translator/Reviser

janvier 2015
As a Syrian translator/interpreter based in Damascus, I was not really aware of the pockets of extreme poverty in some of the rural areas of the country. I was recruited as a freelancer to accompany an Evaluation Committee mission to Jabal Alhus where IFAD financed a development project.

Moses Abukari, Regional Programme Manager

janvier 2015
Growing up in Ghana, I could not fathom why some people were less privileged than others. I yearned for an opportunity where I could support underprivileged people in and beyond my country.

What can you do about a vanishing nation?

décembre 2014
For the people of Kiribati, who live on narrow strips of land about the width of a city block just two metres above sea level, rising levels is a trend that spells disaster.

Pascaline Bampoky: interview transcript

décembre 2014
LPascaline Bampoky is a farmer and entrepreneur living in Bignona village, Casamance province, Senegal. She was aged 30 when she was interviewed on 11

Safiétou Goudiaby: interview transcript

décembre 2014
Safiétou Goudiaby is a farmer living in Kagnarou village, Casamance province, Senegal. She was about 70 years old when she was interviewed on 20 November

Oumar Diédhiou: interview transcript

décembre 2014
Oumar Diédhiou is a farmer living in Badiana village, Casamance province, Senegal. He was aged 22 when he was interviewed on 25 April 2010 for the Rural

Bintou Sambou: interview transcript

décembre 2014
Bintou Sambou lives in Bignona village, Casamance province, Senegal. She was aged 45 when she was interviewed on 5 December 2009 for the Rural Poverty

Bakary Diédhiou: interview transcript

décembre 2014
Bakary Diédhiou lives in Tenghory village, Casamance province, Senegal. He was aged 60 when he was interviewed on 6 December 2009 for the Rural Poverty

Abibatou Goudiaby: interview transcript

décembre 2014
Abibatou Goudiaby lives in Kagnarou, Casamance province, Senegal. She was aged 21 when she was interviewed on 26 April 2010 for the Rural Poverty Report

Abdoulaye Badji: interview transcript

décembre 2014
Abdoulaye Badji is a farmer living in Sindian village, Casamance province, Senegal. He was aged 50 when he was interviewed on 4 December 2009 for the Rural

José del Carmen Portocarrero Santillán: small harvests

décembre 2014
José del Carmen Portocarrero Santillán is 82 and has spent most of his life as a farmer in the Peruvian village of Ramos in the Amazonas region – like

José del Carmen Portocarrero Santillán: interview transcript

décembre 2014
José del Carmen Portocarrero Santillán is a farmer living in the village of Ramos in the province of Rodríguez of Mendoza, Amazonas region, Peru. He was

Elsa Espinoza Delgado: interview transcript

décembre 2014
Elsa Espinoza Delgado is a student who was aged 23 when she was interviewed on 30 November 2009 for the Rural Poverty Report 2011. The interview was conducted

Elsa Espinoza Delgado: promoting youth leadership

décembre 2014
Elsa Espinoza Delgado comes from the town of Copallin, in the Peruvian province of Bagua. Her father is a farmer of rice and cocoa. Life was no "golden

Doris Consuelo Sánchez Santillán: interview transcript

décembre 2014
Doris Consuelo Sánchez Santillán is a businesswoman living in the small town of Cheto in Chachapoyas province, Amazonas region, Peru. She was aged 36 when

Doris Consuelo Sánchez Santillán: supporting women through business

décembre 2014
Doris Consuelo Sánchez Santillán, 36 years old, lives in Cheto, Chachapoyas province, Peru, where she runs a successful small business making and selling

Williams Serafin Novoa Lizardo: interview transcript

décembre 2014
Williams Serafin Novoa Lizardo is a farmer living in the village of Ramos in the province of Rodríguez of Mendoza, Amazonas region, Peru. He was aged 20

Williams Serafin Novoa Lizardo: crops blighted by disease

décembre 2014
Williams Serafin Novoa Lizardo is 20 and the last but one of 12 siblings, of whom the oldest is 48. He lives with his farmer parents in Ramos, Santa Rosa,

Eliany Portocarrero Novoa: interview transcript

décembre 2014
Eliany Portocarrero Novoa is a student from the village of Ramos in the province of Rodríguez of Mendoza, Amazonas region, Peru. She was aged 15 when she

Eliany Portocarrero Novoa: concern for the environment

décembre 2014
Eliany Portocarrero Novoa, aged 15, comes from a peasant farming family in the village of Ramos in the Amazonas region of Peru and is a weekly boarder

Shazia Bibi: interview transcript

décembre 2014
Shazia Bibi lives in Akhoon Bandi village, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. She was in her mid-thirties when she was interviewed on 16 November 2009 for

Shazia Bibi: the many costs of illness

décembre 2014
Shazia Bibi, in her mid-thirties and a mother of three, lives in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, where she and her husband are small farmers. Much of her

Salma Bibi: interview transcript

décembre 2014
Salma Bibi lives in Akhoon Bandi village, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. She was aged 20 when she was interviewed on 25 April 2010 for the Rural Poverty

Salma Bibi: working collectively

décembre 2014
"Every girl in the village knows only tailoring," says 20-year-old Salma Bibi of Akhoon Bandi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Salma left school after primary

Rawela Jan: interview transcript

décembre 2014
Rawela Jan lives in Akhoon Bandi village, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. She was 40 years old when she was interviewed on 16 November 2009 for the Rural

Rasib Khan: interview transcript

décembre 2014
Rasib Khan is a labourer living in Akhoon Bandi village, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. He was 28 when he was interviewed on 18 January 2010 for the Rural

Rawela Jan: small returns from farming

décembre 2014
Rawela Jan is a 40-year-old married woman living inAkhoon Bandi, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. She has a son and a daughter. Another son committed suicide

Rasib Khan: “unemployment is increasing”

décembre 2014
"The person who has his own land is very lucky," says Rasib Khan, aged 28, from a family of landless peasants in the village of Akhoon Bandi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,

Muhammed Naveed: interview transcript

décembre 2014
Muhammad Naveed lives in Akhoon Bandi village, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. He was aged 22 when he was interviewed on 25 April 2010 for the Rural Poverty

Miandad: interview transcript

décembre 2014
Miandad is a farmer living in Akhoon Bandi village, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. He was 48 when he was interviewed on 16 November 2009 for the Rural

Muhammad Naveed: “we are better off farming”

décembre 2014
Muhammad Naveed, 22, is from a large family in Akhoon Bandi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. His two sisters and three of his brothers are married and live

Miandad: living on loans

décembre 2014
Miandad is a 48-year-old farmer who lives in the village of Akhoon Bandi, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. He is married to the daughter of a paternal

Javed Iqbal: interview transcript

décembre 2014
Javed Iqbal lives in Akhoon Bandi village, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. He was aged 25 when he was interviewed on 15 January 2010 for the Rural Poverty

Javed Iqbal: family comes first

décembre 2014
Javed Iqbal is 25 and lives in Akhoon Bandi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. He married at the age of 18 and has five children. Javed is illiterate, whereas

Tovoke: interview transcript

décembre 2014
Tovoke lives in Tanandava, Androy, Madagascar. He was 44 when he was interviewed on the 19 November 2009 for the Rural Poverty Report 2011. The interview

Tovoke: “working the sea”

décembre 2014
Tovoke is a 44-year-old man living in Tanandava, in Androy, southern Madagascar. He is a father of four children but poverty has prevented him from officially

Suzanne Tsovalae: belief in commerce

décembre 2014
"We do everything we can not to slip into poverty," says Suzanne Tsovalae, aged 23, of Tanandava, in Androy, southern Madagascar. She describes how she

Suzanne Tsovalae: interview transcript

décembre 2014
Suzanne Tsovalae lives in Tanandava, Androy, Madagascar. She was 23 when she was interviewed on 27 April 2010 for the Rural Poverty Report 2011. The interview

Ranotenie: interview transcript

décembre 2014
Ranotenie is a farmer living in Tanandava, Androy, Madagascar. She was 46 when she was interviewed on 18 November 2009 for the Rural Poverty Report 2011.

Ranotenie: security through cattle

décembre 2014
Ranotenie is a 46-year-old married woman from Tanandava, in Androy, southern Madagascar, who has 12 children. Together with her husband she farms fields

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