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Education and its impact on global food systems

Rome, 9 August – In Nunavut, the northernmost territory in Canada, Inuit high-school graduation rates are well below average, and only 40 per cent of all school-age indigenous children are attending full time. In the Latin America and Caribbean region, on average, 85 per cent of indigenous children attend secondary education, but only 40 per cent complete that level of education. Today, on 9 August, the United Nations (UN) is bringing attention to these startling gaps and others during the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, which this year is devoted to the right to education. There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. They make up less than five per cent of the world's population, but account for 15 per cent of the poorest. They speak an overwhelming majority of the world's estimated 7,000 languages and represent 5,000 different cultures. According to the UN, barriers to education for...


Promoting women's development in Tajikistan

Gulsunbi Najmuddinova Occupation : Wool Processor (Head of Tebalai Pasture Users Union) Location : Tebalai, Tajikistan 5 August 2016 – Gulsunbi Najmuddinova was keen to find work to help pay for her children’s education and other household essentials. Her family was one of the most vulnerable in the village of Tebalai, located in a valley in the high mountainous area of Shuroobod district in southeastern Tajikistan. In partnership with the Government of Tajikistan, IFAD is creating favourable conditions for women’s development and increasing employment in mountainous areas. Fifteen women’s groups dedicated to wool processing have been established  under the IFAD-supported Livestock and Pasture Development Project, providing poor rural women with jobs and support, and helping them to gain market access for their products. Gulsunbi is now the head of the Tebalai Pasture Users Union and a member of the Women’s Income...

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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.