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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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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