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President’s Foreword to the IFAD Annual Report 2016 Highlights

By Gilbert F. Houngbo IFAD’s Annual Report and Highlights 2016 were published on 28 June. Read the President’s Foreword to the Highlights here. 2016 was the first year of work towards the 2030 Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). IFAD’s new Strategic Framework 2016-2025  came into effect, outlining how we will contribute to the 2030 Agenda. It sets three strategic objectives to guide our work: increasing rural poor people’s capacity to produce, increasing their benefits from market participation, and strengthening the environmental sustainability and climate resilience of their economic activities. The Framework commits IFAD to working in ways that are bigger, better and smarter to maximize our impact on the lives of rural people. In laying the foundations for the ambitious 2030 Agenda, the international community included a concerted drive to gather reliable data and establish processes to measure progress accurately. In line with...


Maximizing the efficiency of development evaluation through ICTs

A worker in rural Tanzania installs a telephone tower in Manjingu village. The expansion of mobile phone coverage in rural areas brings hope for remote villages. IFAD supports a number of projects in developing countries that assists small farmers in getting access to information and communication technologies (ICTs). ©IFAD/Mwanzo Millinga 2 June 2017 - The Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE) will bring together a range of technology and development experts for an international conference on information and communication technologies for evaluation (ICT4Eval) from 6 to 7 June 2017. Participants will discuss the latest innovative approaches to using information and communication technologies (ICTs) in development evaluation and will explore whether recent innovations in ICTs have demonstrable benefits in the intersecting fields of development evaluation and rural transformation. Rural development is an...

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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.