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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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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