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IFAD partners with rural youth to get their voices heard at Bonn Climate Summit

The Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN) are coming to the UNFCCC COP23 in Bonn this November. IFAD has partnered with CSAYN because of their shared passion for raising awareness of climate change impacts and actions amongst young people in rural communities. Today’s generation of youth is the largest the world has ever known: 1.2 billion young people are between the age of 15 and 24. People under the age of 24 accounts for the largest share of the population in almost all countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, but also in many countries in South Asia, East Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. Youth are two or three times more likely than adults to be unemployed. The majority of working youth are poor and employed in vulnerable low quality jobs in the informal sector. IFAD-financed programmes and projects increasingly reflect the needs and views of young rural people by involving them in skills and vocational training, supporting an...


Ploughing for profits

Modern farm equipment reduces poverty in rural Tajikistan 17 October 2017 - Gavharbi Ahmadova and Faizov Kamarali are both from the Khatlon region in Tajikistan but from different villages. Although they have never met, they have a lot in common - they both struggle to sustain their families with a steady income through farming, an almost impossible task given the near absence of agricultural machinery with which to cultivate land and harvest crops on time.   The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, October 17, places a spotlight on the challenges farmers like Ahmadova and Kamarali  face, as well as solutions that can have a major impact on their lives and the lives of those in rural communities. For many years, Kamarali  provided food for his family of nine from his kitchen garden - a small plot of land attached to the main house where farmers typically grow fruits and vegetables and perhaps keep a dairy cow and chickens. The...

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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.