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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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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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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Boosting nutrition one TV show at a time in Laos

Adults and children in the television series My Happy Family sit down to a meal together. Laos: Soum Son Seun Jai – Community-based Food Security and...

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Reducing rice imports helps smallholder farmers in Nigeria

Peter Okonkwo, who has doubled his rice yield and started to crop twice a year. Nigeria: Value Chain Development Programme ©IFAD/Gabriel Ogolo ...

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Native fruits fuel rural development in Brazil

At work in COOPERCUC’s new plant, which has the capacity to process up to 500 kg of fruit every day. Brazil: Rural Sustainable Development Project in the...

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President’s Foreword to the IFAD Annual Report 2016 Highlights

By Gilbert F. Houngbo IFAD’s Annual Report and Highlights 2016 were published on 28 June. Read the President’s Foreword to the Highlights here. 2016 was the first year of work...

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Maximizing the efficiency of development evaluation through ICTs

A worker in rural Tanzania installs a telephone tower in Manjingu village. The expansion of mobile phone coverage in rural areas brings hope for remote...

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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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