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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 agricultural production and rural infrastructure that provide livelihoods for over 2 billion people. Investing in methods that help smallholder farmers adapt to climate change is crucial, which is why IFAD is pleased to have been recognized as an Accredited Entity at a recent meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board. The accreditation means that IFAD can now access GCF funds which are made available to finance programs aimed at helping developing countries meet the targets laid out in the Paris Agreement adopted at COP21 in December 2015.  “Our accreditation establishes IFAD as a major global player with a sole focus on rural development,” said Margarita Astralaga, Director of IFAD's Environment and Climate Division. “We welcome the opportunities to work with the GCF country...


World Food Day: As the climate changes, food and agriculture must change too

The results of climate change and environmental pressures are acutely experienced by rural communities such as the Dan Kada Village. ©IFAD/David Rose Oct 14, 2016 - To mark this year’s World Food Day, IFAD joins the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) today to highlight the impact of climate change on rural communities in developing countries. This year's theme—Climate is Changing: Agriculture and Food must too—will focus on the difficulties of feeding a growing population amidst the increasing threat of climate change. World Food Day 2016 comes at a crucial time, as food security and climate change continue to make both international and national headlines. Climate change endangers the agriculture and natural resources that 75 percent of the world's poor rely on for their livelihoods. The world’s poorest people in developing countries - many of whom are small-scale farmers,...

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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.