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Planting the seeds of good living in Ecuador

Juan Ponce, one of the young people working at ASOAM’s processing plant, holds a bunch of achiote fruits. ©IFAD/Juan Ignacio Cortés Carrasba 22 July 2016 – Achiote is a condiment made from the red seeds of the Bixa orellana shrub. Latin American people have long used it in traditional dishes and as a dye. Today it is sought after internationally as an industrial food colourant for cheeses, snacks and sausages. The 24 de Mayo municipality in Ecuador’s Manabí Province was once a prolific producer of achiote, but yields declined over the years. Now, with support from the IFAD-supported Buen Vivir [Good Living] in Rural Territories Programme, the community is back in the achiote business. Since 2014, the San Jacinto de la Mocora Grande Community Management Centre – a local producer association made up of 99 families – has trained ten young people as extension workers. These young people then started teaching smallholders how to use...


How development agencies can drive rural transformation

Dr Alison Evans, Chief Commissioner of the UK's Independent Commission on Aid Impact (right)and Ashwani Kaul Muthoo, IFAD’s Director of Global Engagement, Knowledge and Strategy (left) take part in an IFAD learning event which looked at some of the complexities development agencies face achieving long-term transformation, while tackling the underlying drivers of poverty and inequality . 8 July 2016 – Last year world leaders negotiated and agreed on a plan to end poverty and inequality in the next 15 years, adopting 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a roadmap to tackle the world's most troubling problems. However, achieving such an ambitious agenda – in addition to massive global cooperation and an increase in development resources – will require new approaches and solutions that go beyond official development assistance. On 9 June 2016, Dr Alison Evans, Chief Commissioner of the UK's Independent Commission on...

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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.