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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 public awareness of gender-based violence across the world, the United Nations recognizes 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women . The day begins a 16-day period of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, which culminates with International Human Rights Day on 10 December. The UN defines violence against women as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats.” Worldwide, 35 per cent of women have experienced either physical or sexual violence at some point in their lives—a figure that, in some countries, is as high as 70 per cent. Even women in positions of power continue to be subjected to violence. A new study of...

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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 communities is a growing threat. ©IFAD/Marco Salustro 16 November 2016 - In the landlocked country of Malawi, 2.8 million Malawians—nearly 20 per cent of the population—face food insecurity. As Malawi’s drought worsens, it is expected that the number of people in need of assistance will increase in the months and years ahead. Two years of poor harvests as a result of flooding and drought have already left millions of people in need of food aid in Southern Africa. Now, an IFAD-supported project is encouraging Malawian farmers to eat the food they produce - instead of over relying on maize and other food products that they are forced to buy. The  Rural Livelihoods and Economic Enhancement Programme (RLEEP) has helped rural people across Malawi improve their families’...

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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.

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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.

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