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Growing forced displacement crisis impacts over 65 million people worldwide

A group of men work together to repair a fence on a farm in Jordan. In Jordan alone, more than 1.4 million Syrian refugees are being hosted, with 90 per cent of them residing in rural areas. ©IFAD/Lana Slezic 19 September 2016 – According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the current global crisis of forced displacement has affected an unprecedented 65 million people worldwide. More than one-third of the displaced – or 22.2 million – are in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region. On 19 September, IFAD launches the Facility for Refugees, Migrants, Forced Displacement and Rural Stability (FARMS) , a new financing facility, at the 2016 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting which coincides with the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants. FARMS has been created to specifically address the rural dimensions of the current crisis resulting from the large movements of refugees and...


Realizing the promise and potential of agriculture in East and Southern Africa

  Agricultural productivity in the East and Southern Africa region has been increasing. However a number of challenges still remain. What investments need to be made by governments to face those challenges and eradicate poverty by 2030. 14 September 2016 – The fact that agriculture has the ability to transform lives in Africa has been well documented . Agriculture accounts for 24 per cent of GDP across Africa, and agribusinesses 20 per cent. In the East and Southern Africa (ESA) region investments in agriculture have led to socio-economic development that can be viewed as optimistic. The region has been in the process of transforming its agricultural sector due to increased productivity as more land is being cultivated. However, this growth has not always led to poverty reduction, and many small farmers in the region continue to live in poverty while struggling to own land and access credit. In Kenya, land ownership is becoming more...

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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.