Feature stories

IFAD works on a variety of rural development issues, from poverty reduction and food security to gender equality and climate change – among many others. To learn more about these issues, read the IFAD feature stories below.

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Germany pledges €20 million at COP 23 to help smallholders fight climate change

IFAD Associate-Vice President, Périn Saint Ange At COP 23 the German government announced that it is pledging €20 million in climate finance...

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Why does IFAD’s 11th Replenishment matter?

By Johannes F. Linn, External Chair, IFAD11 Replenishment Consultation IFAD commemorates its 40 th birthday next year. Since approving the Fund's first projects in 1978, IFAD’s members...

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Silvia’s Story

The dry and dusty Tunuyán riverbed contrasts sharply with the dark and heavy clouds that threaten rain. "You are arriving just in time for the rain although, to tell you the truth, this year...

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Leading the way - new conference promotes rural solutions through SSTC

Leading the way - new conference promotes rural solutions through SSTC On 20-21 November 2017, high-level government representatives, development professionals, representatives of the...

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IFAD partners with rural youth to get their voices heard at Bonn Climate Summit

The Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN) are coming to the UNFCCC COP23 in Bonn this November. IFAD has partnered with CSAYN because of their shared passion for raising...

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Ploughing for profits

Modern farm equipment reduces poverty in rural Tajikistan 17 October 2017 - Gavharbi Ahmadova and Faizov Kamarali are both from the Khatlon region in Tajikistan but from different...

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World Food Day 2017 - Changing the future of migration

Mosammat Karfunnesa, 50, left and her husband, Kaptan Mia, in their tree nursery in Sikandarpur village, in north-eastern Bangladesh. ©IFAD/Farhana Urmee ...

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Celebrating the International Day of Rural Women

October 15 is the International Day of Rural Women and a chance to celebrate the accomplishments of rural women around the world. Rural women play key roles in their families, communities...

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Sorghum - a new hope in dry times

Checking the consistency of the dehulled sorghum to see if it is ready to cook While droughts devastate maize yields in parts of Kenya, IFAD...

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Trees of hope

An   IFAD-supported project in Kenya is planting over two million trees to help rural communities combat the threat of drought. Drought threatens much of East and Southern Africa,...

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On the ground in Ethiopia

In September, the Heads of the UN’s three Rome-based food agencies visited drought-affect parts of Ethiopia where at least 8.5 million people were in need of food aid. IFAD’s President...

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Investing in rural development matters more than ever

After a prolonged decline, world hunger is on the rise In 2016, about 815 million people suffered from hunger - 38 million more than in 2015. After declining for most of the last...

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UN Reform: Is IFAD prepared?

By Ashwani Muthoo The 2030 Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an ambitious plan to end hunger and extreme poverty by the year 2030. The United Nations has...

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New research finds the potential of waste reuse for small farmers worldwide

Safe, nutritious fertilizer pellets made from processed human waste at a trial site at Buet, Dhakar, Bangladesh © IWMI/Neil Palmer 30 August 2017 - By...

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Better feed for cows benefits dairy farmers in India and Tanzania

A roadside milk collection centre for a farmer’s group in Mvomero district. Tanzania: MilkIT Programme ©ILRI/Ben Lukuyu Across the world,...

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Creating opportunities for rural youth is more urgent than ever

A group of young farmers manage their own tomato business in El Salvador. Rapidly evolving agriculture and food systems have a huge potential for creating employment...

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Organics offer new opportunities to young farmers in the Pacific Islands

Young extension workers learn how to cultivate papaya on Viti Levu island. Fiji: Agricultural Partnerships Project ©IFAD/Susan Beccio A growing...

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Who will feed a hungry world?

By Mattia Prayer Galletti The future of our food systems depend on smart investments in agriculture that will both increase food production and also...

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Searching for a better way to farm

Ruth Stephen Chileshe, a smallholder farmer from northern Zambia, stands with one of her granddaughters in front of the large iron-roofed brick house she was...

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Rural poor people in Madagascar strengthen resilience through land tenure

Women at work in a rice field. Madagascar: Project to Support Development in the Menabe and Melaky Regions ©IFAD/Laura Chumillas In western...

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Almonds and apricots flower on once-barren land

Husband and wife strawberry farmers, Raja’i and Bushra Fayyad, in their greenhouse. West Bank: Participatory Natural Resources Management Programme...

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Boosting nutrition one TV show at a time in Laos

Adults and children in the television series My Happy Family sit down to a meal together. Laos: Soum Son Seun Jai – Community-based Food Security and...

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Reducing rice imports helps smallholder farmers in Nigeria

Peter Okonkwo, who has doubled his rice yield and started to crop twice a year. Nigeria: Value Chain Development Programme ©IFAD/Gabriel Ogolo ...

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Native fruits fuel rural development in Brazil

At work in COOPERCUC’s new plant, which has the capacity to process up to 500 kg of fruit every day. Brazil: Rural Sustainable Development Project in the...

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President’s Foreword to the IFAD Annual Report 2016 Highlights

By Gilbert F. Houngbo IFAD’s Annual Report and Highlights 2016 were published on 28 June. Read the President’s Foreword to the Highlights here. 2016 was the first year of work...

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Maximizing the efficiency of development evaluation through ICTs

A worker in rural Tanzania installs a telephone tower in Manjingu village. The expansion of mobile phone coverage in rural areas brings hope for remote...

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Making the most of Africa’s rural youth

A young person helps out in his family farm in Gitaramaka village, Karusi Province, Burundi. Today's generation of young people aged 15 to 24 is the largest in...

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Ecuador: One year after the earthquake

Thousands of buildings including this one in Portoviejo, Ecuador, were destroyed in the April 2016 earthquake. The IFAD-supported Buen Vivir Rural Pogramme,...

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In conversation with IFAD’s new President, Gilbert F. Houngbo

Gilbert F. Houngbo became the sixth President of IFAD on 1 April 2017. In the days leading up to this, the new President took a moment to answer some questions about his life growing up in...

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Knowledge for development

Michel Mordasini, Vice-President of IFAD, visits the Tibzaa Guinea Fowl Farm in Wamale, Ghana. Mordasini says that IFAD is committed to increasing the impact...

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Sowing the seeds of progress – one woman’s story

Rekha Pandram, Secretary of the Nari Chetana Mahila Sangh, a federation of women’s self-help groups in Madhya Pradesh. ©IFAD 30 March 2017...

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The power of self-help: how women in India are achieving economic, social and political empowerment

Group members package processed millet for sale. ©IFAD Women from more than 246,000 households have taken steps to change their lives by...

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UN’s Rome-based agencies team up to fight hunger and support rural development in Madagascar

IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze recognizes the accomplishment of the FAO-IFAD-WFP interagency country team recognized for their efforts to support the people...

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Building a life after conflict

Rénilde Buhembe is one of many rural women who were forced to flee when civil war broke out in Burundi. With IFAD's support, she is now rebuilding her life...

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VIDEO: Dream weaver in Guatemala

  8 March 2017 - In remote rural areas of developing countries, women are often relegated to house chores or on-farm labour because of a lack of literacy and numeracy skills. ...

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Increasing the production of traditional crops in Brazil

Thanks to investment and training from IFAD, the Kirirí indigenous community of Bahia, Brazil have increased their production capacity for traditional crops....

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IFAD to host high-level conference on innovative approaches to financing for rural development

Women pastoralists gather in Gujarat, India. Two-thirds of rural inhabitants depend on roughly 500 million small and family farms for their livelihood....

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Smallholder farmers bring high value to their crops in Nepal

Workers pack bananas in boxes for shipment at the regional market in Surkhet, Nepal. An IFAD-supported project is helping small farmers in the country to...

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VIDEO: Connecting remote rural communities with financial services

  6 January 2017 - Remittance flows to and within Africa amounted to more than US$65 billion in 2016 and are expected to grow to US$80 billion by 2020. These flows...

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Protecting women’s rights in the face of domestic violence in India and Burundi

Sylvane Ntigacika is a 42-year-old smallholder farmer in Colline Mwanda, Commune Bubanza. ©David Paqui 25 November 2016 – Each year, to raise...

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Amidst drought and flooding, Malawian farmers look to diversify their diet

Drought and crop failure is putting Malawi's food supply at risk. With farmers selling precious crops for cash, hunger and food insecurity in rural...

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Helping Bolivian farmers gain ground against climate change

In much of the Andes, soil erosion is thought to be one of the most limiting factors in crop production. Soil is vulnerable to erosion where it is exposed...

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Green Climate Fund accredits IFAD as a partner agency

Rome, 18 October 2016 – Climate change is one of the most persistent threats facing smallholder farmers. Rising global temperatures and the subsequent changes in weather patterns endanger...

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World Food Day: As the climate changes, food and agriculture must change too

The results of climate change and environmental pressures are acutely experienced by rural communities such as the Dan Kada Village. ©IFAD/David Rose ...

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Financing for young farmers in the Republic of Moldova

Ambitious young farmer Anastasia Gilca prepares her blackberries to be transported to market Republic of Moldova: Rural Financial Services and Agribusiness...

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Growing forced displacement crisis impacts over 65 million people worldwide

A group of men work together to repair a fence on a farm in Jordan. In Jordan alone, more than 1.4 million Syrian refugees are being hosted, with 90 per cent...

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Realizing the promise and potential of agriculture in East and Southern Africa

  Agricultural productivity in the East and Southern Africa region has been increasing. However a number of challenges still remain. What investments need to be made by...

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Empowering rural youth in West and Central Africa

Young people in Nigeria harvest rice. About 65 per cent of youth in Africa work in agriculture. ©IFAD/Andrew Esiebo/Panos 13 September 2016 –...

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Building resilience in the Near East and North Africa

9 September 2016 – The world is changing rapidly across urban and rural areas. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region and the Newly Independent...

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Increasing prosperity for the rural poor in Asia and the Pacific by 2030

Rural farmers in India take part in an IFAD-supported project in Maharashtra state, where agricultural distress and farmers’ suicides are pressing issues....

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