Feature stories

IFAD works on a variety of rural development issues, from poverty reduction and food security to gender equality and climate change – among many others. To learn more about these issues, read the IFAD feature stories below.

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Green Climate Fund accredits IFAD as a partner agency

Rome, 18 October 2016 – Climate change is one of the most persistent threats facing smallholder farmers. Rising global temperatures and the subsequent changes in weather patterns endanger...

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World Food Day: As the climate changes, food and agriculture must change too

The results of climate change and environmental pressures are acutely experienced by rural communities such as the Dan Kada Village. ©IFAD/David Rose ...

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Financing for young farmers in the Republic of Moldova

Ambitious young farmer Anastasia Gilca prepares her blackberries to be transported to market Republic of Moldova: Rural Financial Services and Agribusiness...

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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...

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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...

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Empowering rural youth in West and Central Africa

Young people in Nigeria harvest rice. About 65 per cent of youth in Africa work in agriculture. ©IFAD/Andrew Esiebo/Panos 13 September 2016 –...

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Building resilience in the Near East and North Africa

9 September 2016 – The world is changing rapidly across urban and rural areas. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region and the Newly Independent...

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Increasing prosperity for the rural poor in Asia and the Pacific by 2030

Rural farmers in India take part in an IFAD-supported project in Maharashtra state, where agricultural distress and farmers’ suicides are pressing issues....

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IFAD President honoured for achievements in African agriculture

The Africa Food Prize recognizes Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of IFAD, for his individual leadership, but also for the results of successful efforts at IFAD...

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Overcoming inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean

A young man works on his tomato plants in rural El Salvador. New bold policies are needed if Latin America and the Caribbean societies are to continue to...

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Global report on rural development to be launched in Rome

Rural women work in an IFAD-supported cashew-processing factory in Viet Nam that exports to Japan, China and Taiwan. Growing demand for food – driven by...

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Shortening the hungry season in Senegal

31 August 2016 - Farmer Coumba Ndoffen Sene used to struggle to feed his family, but now he can pay his children’s school fees and buy them new clothes. He has also started a business...

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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...

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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 –...

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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,...

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Building a successful business in China

Previously unemployed, Zhang Danying is now a successful entrepreneur with the help of IFAD loans and training. ©IFAD/Joanne Levitan Zhang Danying ...

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Drought, desertification and avoiding the next big global food shortage

13 June Rome – Over the past year severe droughts and floods have ruined harvests and left nearly 100 million people in southern Africa, Asia and Latin America facing food and water...

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Rural transformation is at the top of our agenda

  Rural Development Report 2016 & IFAD Flagship Event  The world around us is changing quickly and empowering rural people to create their own prosperity has...

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Story: Innovation in agriculture is key to ending extreme hunger – G20 ministers agree

Member countries of the G20 account for 70 per cent of the world’s farmlands and 80 per cent of the world’s trade, but in the words of Brazil’s Minister...

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VIDEO: Women's inclusion sparks large-scale infrastructure projects in remote Pacific island

Date: 6 June 2016 Women on a remote Pacific island are breaking cultural barriers by taking on roles that shape the future of their communities. A project supported by...

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Improving a community while fighting climate change

25 September 2015 –  Bidhan Krishna Sarker never expected to become a farmer. Born in the remote Netrakona district in northern Bangladesh, his family lived in the Haor Basin, a...

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Feeding the planet in the hands of rural youth

IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze speaks with students at the University of Gastronomic Sciences (UNISG) in Pollenzo, Italy. ©UNISG 23 May 2016 – Making...

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VIDEO: Amid India's Drought Crisis, New Ways of Growing Cotton Helps Small Farmers

Date: 20 May 2016 More than three million farmers in India's Maharashtra state depend on cotton. In India, two consecutive years of weak monsoons have left some 330 million people —...

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Recovering lost traditions

Teófila Betancurth has spent over a decade fighting to preserve the traditional crops of her African and Latin American ancestors. Through the Chiyangua...

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VIDEO: AgTalks - William Otim-Nape: Dr. Cassava

  In 2010, Times Magazine cited cassava as one of the most dangerous crops in the world, to be eaten at one's own risk if cooked improperly.   In this episode of...

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Cashing in on cows

Willy Kirwa (far right) gives a tour of his dairy plantation to Sana Jatta (middle), IFAD's Regional Director of East and Southern Africa, and other farming...

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PHOTOS: Waiting for the rain

  Kirehe, 27  April -  In Rwanda, small farmers are being hit by a number of climate shocks including floods, droughts, intense rainfall and high winds. This photo...

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VIDEO: Senegal – Let the Sun Shine

  Date: 26 April 2016 Until a few years ago Awa Ndiaye and her women's farming cooperative were struggling to grow anything due to soil degradation and lack of water. But...

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Smallholder farmers and the Paris Agreement

20 April, 2016 - As 60 million people around the world face severe hunger because of El Niño and millions more because of climate change, world leaders will meet in New York this week...

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VIDEO: Reducing childhood malnutrition in Mexico

Date: 19 April 2016 Once a sacred grain for the Aztecs, amaranth and its incredible nutritional properties have long been forgotten in Mexico.  But in this latest IFAD...

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VIDEO: Protecting the endangered bong tree

  Date: 6 April 2016 Incense sticks are ever-present at Buddhist shrines across South East Asia. They are mostly made from the bark of the endangered bong tree, which is...

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VIDEO: AgTalk – Seaweed Power

On the island of Zanzibar, the sea had always been a man's domain. But researcher Flower Ezekiel Msuya says things started to change when local women unleashed the commercial potential...

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Supporting date palm production in the Near East and North Africa

Boubaker Abdeljalil, 60, an agricultural worker works in a palm date plantation in Douz, Tunisia which received seeds, irrigation and training through an...

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Rural women key to achieving Global Goals by 2030

The challenges faced by rural women in the context of the SDGs were discussed at a side event jointly organized by IFAD, FAO, UNWomen and WFP on 18 March in...

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Climate change poses new challenges for farmers in central Ecuador

Francisco Don Pacho Garcés is a farmer from Ecuador and the president of the local small farmers’ association for...

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How an innovative 'sand' dam is causing a rush for water in Somalia

  Said is a farmer in Dhubato, Somaliland, he is married with 10 children. As part of an IFAD-supported project an innovative water management...

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Water breathes new life into an isolated mountain village in Tajikistan

Tolib Yormahmadov and villagers lay water supply lines from a mountain spring 2.5km from the village Rome, 22 March – Tolib Yormahmadov lives...

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Water, Rural Livelihoods, Jobs and Food: Planning a Sustainable Future

With access to water and training, Priscilla began to plant maize, beans, peas and sweet potatoes to sell in local markets and also began to produce chickens...

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Responding to Kenya's changing climate

Date: 16 March 2016 In eastern Kenya, the dry season is getting longer, and rainfall is less predictable. Only two per cent of people have enough food throughout the year, and almost...

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Debating the future of small-scale agriculture and rural development

The new research series will feature a diverse range of themes related to IFAD's work in smallholder agriculture and rural development. Rome,...

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Gender equality begins in the home

By encouraging rural families to work together in a way that benefits everyone, IFAD's household methodologies has already shown promising results in Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria and...

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The diversity of rural women

Date : 8 March 2016 There are more than 370 million indigenous persons in the world and 50  per cent are women. Indigenous women are often the most disadvantaged members of...

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A taste of inclusion – local ingredients with global flavours

Two international chefs from  World Chefs Without Borders (WCWB)  will highlight the connection between investing in rural communities and food at the  2016 IFAD Governing...

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How galvanizing the private sector is key to achieving Agenda 2030

Sunny Verghese – Cofounder and Group CEO of  Olam International  – has first-hand experience on how the private sector can positively influence rural communities, having built a...

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Mo Ibrahim delivers IFAD Lecture, urges African leaders to invest in agriculture

  Rome, 19 February  – Dr Mohamed Ibrahim, global entrepreneur and founder of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, delivered IFAD's Lecture during IFAD's 39th Governing Council,...

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Innovation, agriculture and a changing climate

  Dr.Ismahane Elouafi is passionate about innovation. A scientist, geneticist and the Director General of the  International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) ,...

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Growing inequality, migration crisis, climate top issues for Davos leaders

In Davos, IFAD highlights the important role government, business and civil society can play in tackling growing hunger and inequality by helping small farmers adapt to climate change...

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Building a better future: Day 1

This week, on 1 January 2016,  the United Nation's 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)  come into force. The new global goals aim to free the world from hunger...

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Healthy soils are critical for global food production

A farming family in Zimbabwe enriches the soil with manure to help make it more fertile. Healthy soils are critical for global food production and provide a range of environmental...

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IFAD's 2015 Gender Awards: Meet the winners

The winning project representatives discuss key issues during the 2015 IFAD Gender Awards. ©IFAD/Giulio Napolitano Rome, 30 November 2015 – On 25 November, in honour of International Day...

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