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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Education and its impact on global food systems

Rome, 9 August – In Nunavut, the northernmost territory in Canada, Inuit high-school graduation rates are well below average, and only 40 per cent of all school-age indigenous children are...

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Planting the seeds of good living in Ecuador

Juan Ponce, one of the young people working at ASOAM’s processing plant, holds a bunch of achiote fruits. ©IFAD/Juan Ignacio Cortés Carrasba 22 July 2016 –...

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How development agencies can drive rural transformation

Dr Alison Evans, Chief Commissioner of the UK's Independent Commission on Aid Impact (right)and Ashwani Kaul Muthoo, IFAD’s Director of Global Engagement,...

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Building a successful business in China

Previously unemployed, Zhang Danying is now a successful entrepreneur with the help of IFAD loans and training. ©IFAD/Joanne Levitan Zhang Danying ...

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Drought, desertification and avoiding the next big global food shortage

13 June Rome – Over the past year severe droughts and floods have ruined harvests and left nearly 100 million people in southern Africa, Asia and Latin America facing food and water...

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Rural transformation is at the top of our agenda

  Rural Development Report 2016 & IFAD Flagship Event  The world around us is changing quickly and empowering rural people to create their own prosperity has...

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VIDEO: Women's inclusion sparks large-scale infrastructure projects in remote Pacific island

Date: 6 June 2016 Women on a remote Pacific island are breaking cultural barriers by taking on roles that shape the future of their communities. A project supported by...

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Innovation in agriculture is key to ending extreme hunger – G20 ministers agree

Member countries of the G20 account for 70 per cent of the world’s farmlands and 80 per cent of the world’s trade, but in the words of Brazil’s Minister...

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Improving a community while fighting climate change

25 September 2015 –  Bidhan Krishna Sarker never expected to become a farmer. Born in the remote Netrakona district in northern Bangladesh, his family lived in the Haor Basin, a...

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Feeding the planet in the hands of rural youth

IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze speaks with students at the University of Gastronomic Sciences (UNISG) in Pollenzo, Italy. ©UNISG 23 May 2016 – Making...

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