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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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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IFAD President honoured for achievements in African agriculture

The Africa Food Prize recognizes Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of IFAD, for his individual leadership, but also for the results of successful efforts at IFAD...

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Overcoming inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean

A young man works on his tomato plants in rural El Salvador. New bold policies are needed if Latin America and the Caribbean societies are to continue to...

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Global report on rural development to be launched in Rome

Rural women work in an IFAD-supported cashew-processing factory in Viet Nam that exports to Japan, China and Taiwan. Growing demand for food – driven by...

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Shortening the hungry season in Senegal

31 August 2016 - Farmer Coumba Ndoffen Sene used to struggle to feed his family, but now he can pay his children’s school fees and buy them new clothes. He has also started a business...

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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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