Contacts

Helen Gillman
Knowledge Management Officer, East and Southern Africa Division

East and Southern Africa Division
IFAD
Via Paolo Di Dono, 44
00142 Rome, Italy
Fax: +39 06 5043463
Email: ESAMailbox@ifad.org

Useful links

IFAD website

IFAD operations in Eastern and Southern Africa

Rural Finance Network

Rural Poverty Portal

About IFAD

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.

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Issue 15 – November 2010

Message from the DirectorMessage 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.
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General feature on land and waterGeneral 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 issuesMalawi: 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 scarcityAn 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

Integrating land, water and natural resources governanceIntegrating land, water and natural resources governance
It is estimated that less than 10 per cent of all land in Africa is registered under statutory systems. Most farm land in Africa is officially... Read more

Starting the fight against land degradation: A war Lesotho cannot afford to lose?Starting the fight against land degradation: A war Lesotho cannot afford to lose?
Travelling through the Lesotho countryside you can't help but notice... Read more

news and eventsNews and events
- Loans approved by the September 2010 Executive Board
- Grants and loans to be approved by the December 2010 Executive Board
- Recent and upcoming events
- Missions
- Workshops and training
- Appointments and staff movements

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