Knowledge Management Officer, East and Southern Africa Division
East and Southern Africa Division
Via Paolo Di Dono, 44
00142 Rome, Italy
Fax: +39 06 5043463
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is a specialized agency of the United Nations, dedicated to eradicating poverty and hunger in developing countries. Its work in remote rural areas of the world helps countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
Message from the Director
Land and water are the most essential assets for farmers. Yet, the 500 million smallholder farmers in the developing world, who feed one-third of the world's population, do not have secure access to those basic resources. As a result, in particular in sub-Saharan Africa, they are unable to make the necessary investments in agriculture, and productivity and production remain low.
Until recently, land and water were often treated as separate issues in country policies. However, access to water cannot be considered independently from secure access to land. Water without guaranteed access to the land.
General feature on land and water
Today, smallholder farmers in poor countries feed almost two billion people, and produce most of the food consumed in the developing world. Read more
Malawi: Irrigation project highlights land tenure issues
The government of Malawi has set irrigation as one of its top priorities. Water is of great concern in Malawi...Read more
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... Read more