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Germany pledges €20 million at COP 23 to help smallholders fight climate change

IFAD Associate-Vice President, Périn Saint Ange At COP 23 the German government announced that it is pledging €20 million in climate finance to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to help smallholder farmers in developing countries deal with the impacts of climate change and improve their food security. “With this financial pledge from the Federal Republic of Germany, IFAD will be able to channel additional resources to those who need it most,” said IFAD Associate-Vice President, Périn Saint Ange. “These funds will not only help in our efforts to adapt smallholder agriculture to climate change but they will have additional benefits related to other important cross-cutting issues like gender equality, youth unemployment and nutrition security,” added Saint Ange. Building on the success of IFAD's Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP), IFAD is now working to integrate climate...


Why does IFAD’s 11th Replenishment matter?

By Johannes F. Linn, External Chair, IFAD11 Replenishment Consultation IFAD commemorates its 40 th birthday next year. Since approving the Fund's first projects in 1978, IFAD’s members have assembled periodically to review its operations, provide guidance for the future, and replenish the financial resources of the Fund, which it in turn uses to support agricultural and rural development in its developing member countries. The replenishment consultation process lasts about a year and involves four meetings of some 50 government delegates. Currently the 11 th IFAD replenishment consultation is under way and is expected to conclude with the last consultation session in December 2017 and the subsequent approval at the meeting of IFAD’s Governing Council in February 2018. So why does the 11 th Replenishment (IFAD11) matter? At the most fundamental level, it matters because the world has a serious, persistent problem of poverty and hunger. The 2030 Agenda and...

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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.