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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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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