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Investing in rural development matters more than ever

After a prolonged decline, world hunger is on the rise In 2016, about 815 million people suffered from hunger - 38 million more than in 2015. After declining for most of the last decade, food insecurity is now on the rise says the annual State of Food Security and Nutrition Report (SOFI) authored by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN World Food Program (WFP), the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO). According to the new report, hunger rates in 44 countries are either the same or higher than they were 10 years ago. Report data also shows that hunger doesn't necessarily happen in poor countries only:  amongst the 44 countries, more than a third are upper middle-income countries. "This tells us that the threat of hunger can happen anywhere and that action needs to be stepped up in a range of contexts,"...

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UN Reform: Is IFAD prepared?

By Ashwani Muthoo The 2030 Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an ambitious plan to end hunger and extreme poverty by the year 2030. The United Nations has recognized that to achieve this bold agenda for humanity will require equally bold changes in the UN development system. Therefore in December 2016, the UN General Assembly requested a sweeping review of the system, with the goal of reducing overlap and improving inter-agency coordination to better deliver on the SDGs. As a UN specialized agency and an international financial institution, IFAD has taken an active part in this process, signalling its commitment to becoming an even more relevant, agile, effective and efficient player within the UN system. But how is IFAD preparing to meet the challenge of reform? IFAD and the 2030 Agenda In 2015, countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable...

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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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