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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 ©IFAD/Annabelle Lhommeau Family farmers in the West Bank are growing high value crops such as almonds and apricots on once-barren hillsides, seeing their incomes rise by 80 per cent or more. About 36,000 people have taken part in an IFAD-funded natural resource management programme, which prioritized terracing, fencing, irrigation, rock removal and other techniques to reclaim and rehabilitate land. It also improved the access of rural women and men to financial services, enabling them to use credit to invest in their farms and businesses. Over the last 15 years, the programme has invested nearly US$14 million in areas with few alternative economic opportunities, indirectly reaching almost 100,000 rural people. Land reclamation and rehabilitation have increased farm-related incomes...


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 Madagascar, IFAD-supported projects have been helping people in rural areas gain legal rights to their land – a key tactic in the fight against poverty. When smallholder farmers own their land, they can use it as collateral to access credit. Land ownership also gives them more incentives to invest in better farming techniques and manage their land sustainably. These approaches can strengthen resilience in a country where 78 per cent of the population live on less than US$1.90 per day. In 2005, the Government of Madagascar introduced a national programme to help citizens formalize land ownership. However, to apply for certification, applicants must prove their legal identity, which deters many rural people. Since 2006, IFAD has supported rural communes and helped establish local land...

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Peru: The Majaz case

In 2001, Monterrico Metals plc., acquired 8 mining concessions in Peru, one of which concerns the Río Blanco project in the north of Peru. If everything goes as planned, said project will involve opening one of the largest open pit copper mines of Peru, clearing the way for a large-scale mining district in the High Amazone region with serious social-economic and ecological consequences.


Producing climate smart cassava in Mozambique

As climate change continues to devastate rural farming, one IFAD project is using stem plantation to help farmers adapt.

Over 400 million poor rural people have participated in programmes and projects supported by IFAD and partners around the world, and they all have stories to tell. Here are some of those stories, featuring women and men who are working to overcome poverty and determine the direction of their own lives. These ground-level accounts of hope and empowerment reside on the Rural Poverty Portal, powered by IFAD.