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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Poor smallholder farmers being hit hard by climate change – IFAD President

Shocks caused by climate change for smallholder farmers in developing countries are intensifying and multiplying, IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze said in Paris today, at an event...

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Urgent action needed to help small farmers adapt to climate change

Farmers in Mali battle the effects of climate shocks such as flooding. More than 500 million small farms depend on agriculture for their livelihoods.©Amadou Keita Paris, November 30,...

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Eliminating violence against rural women

The Sukalyani Shakti Dala self-help group holds a meeting in Gajapati district, India. The group campaigns against alcohol abuse which contributes to domestic violence. ©IFAD/Sangeeth...

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Charting a course to zero hunger

Local project promoters evaluate the progress of the crops and irrigation system in a community vegetable field managed by a women's group in the Bacas region.©IFAD/Susan Beccio 13...

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Access to land and water critical for smallholder farmers

Farmers prepare the soil for new planting season in Swaziland. Many rural women around the world do not have the tenure rights to the land or access to the governance systems where decisions...

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Indigenous peoples are on the frontlines of climate change and food insecurity

A participant speaks during the opening session of the Indigenous Peoples' Forum held in February at IFAD. Some of the main outcomes from the forum will be presented by IFAD at the...

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Lesotho's award-winning chef talks climate change and supporting small farmers

In the high rocky peaks of the African mountain kingdom Lesotho, a female chef has been creating a buzz in international culinary circles by combining ancient traditional recipes from...

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Investment in small-scale farmers can end hunger, say heads of United Nations and Italy

On  World Food Day , IFAD's President Kanayo F. Nwanze called on world leaders to remember the "millions of people who do not have the luxury of enjoying one full meal a day,"...

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Cherie Blair: Empowering rural women crucial to changing the world

Cherie Blair, Founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women (left) met with IFAD's Vice President Michel Mordasini (right) to discuss the role of rural women in fostering food...

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Naan bread empowers ethnic minority women in China

  15 October, 2015 - IFAD has been working with women of the Uygur people in a mountainous region of China to enable them to earn an income from their daily bread production....

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Rural women have a lot to gain from the new Global Goals

A woman teaches her daughter to carry water at the Guidan Tanko Village well in Aguie, Niger. Rural women and girls spend up to four hours a day collecting fuel and water for household...

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Global youth: 'We feed the planet'

More than 2,500 youth from 120 countries will take part in a variety of engaging lectures, workshops and public events from October 3 to 6. Young farmers, food producers and...

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Ending hunger while growing a garden

25 September 2015 –  Priscilla Mkhatshwa never dreamed that she could one day plant a  garden in the hot and dry region of Lubombo in eastern Swaziland. With frequent droughts and...

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Promoting gender equality in Morocco

25 September 2015 –  Fatima Ait Lhoussine lives in a remote village in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. Not long ago, the only jobs she could do were household chores and helping her husband...

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Reducing hunger while promoting local foods

25 September 2015 –  It is early in the morning and Coumba Ndoffen Sene and his family are eating breakfast in the Niakhar village in Senegal. Today, there's enough millet for the...

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Reducing poverty through access to new markets

25 September 2015 –  Amara Koroma, who lives in the Eastern region Republic of Sierra Leone, inherited an old farm from his father many years ago but wasn’t able to make it pay. He...

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Reducing hunger through agricultural cooperatives

25 September 2015 – It was the wish to educate her children that inspired Ana Sofía Amaya to start her own farm. Living in the village of Caserío Chaguantique, Cantón Cabos Negros,...

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“Water is critical to development,” says IFAD expert

Access to water means Lake, a smallholder farmer in Ethiopia, no longer has to rely on food aid to survive. He is making an income and feeding his family. ©IFAD/Mawira Chitima ...

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Celebrating International Youth Day 2015

A teenage girl sells lettuce at a vegetable market in La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines. Young rural people represent a significant portion of the agricultural workforce, and they...

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International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples promotes health and well-being

Representatives of indigenous peoples meet with IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze at the second Global Meeting of the Indigenous Peoples' Forum in February. ©IFAD/Giulio Napolitano Rome, 7...

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Stewards of biodiversity adapt to a changing climate

Local varieties grown in the programme area. Clockwise from top: hands holding yellow maize, white maize and bambara groundnuts Zimbabwe: Scaling up People's Biodiversity Management for Food...

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From unemployed to entrepreneur: helping Arab youth in rural areas take control of their futures

In the Near East and North Africa region, seventeen million young people – more than 20 per cent of the population – are without work.  This rate is higher than any other region in the...

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New legal guide on contract farming

Photo (from left): Gerard Sanders, IFAD General Counsel, José Angelo Estrella Faria, UNIDROIT Secretary-General, Antonio Tavares, FAO Legal Counsel...

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The Power of Knowledge: how access to information could reduce conflict and increase food security in the Arab world

The Arabspatial knowledge platform emerged as part of the IFAD-IFPRI partnership to promote open-access data and M&E tools for the Arab World. ...

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The Road to Addis: Partnership is the cornerstone of development

This week the international community gathers in Addis Ababa for the  Third International Conference on Financing for Development . The conference aims to mobilize the resources...

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Addis Development Conference is an occasion to make good on Climate Finance Pledges

A rice farmer adapts to rising sea levels in Vietnam. As developing countries are hit by climate shocks, they will need financial support for adaptation to...

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How working migrants and their families can shape development at home

Financing the ambitious post-2015 development agenda is a challenge that will require innovative approaches that go beyond traditional sources of development funding. Remittances – the...

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Remittances from Europe top $109 billion, providing lifeline to millions worldwide

  15 June 2015 -Last year migrant workers living in Europe sent home US$109.4 billion in remittances, providing a lifeline to more than 150 million people around the world, according...

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Italian top chef Carlo Cracco cooks a “Recipe for Change” on World Environment Day

The theme of this year's  World Environment Day , which falls on 5 June, is sustainable lifestyles. So, to celebrate the occasion, the International Fund for Agricultural...

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Cuba: fulfilling agricultural potential through cooperatives

 Standing in the shadow of the sun, in a marquee tent, Yoel Pérez, president of the Eduardo René Chivas y Rivas cooperative, explains the features of his agricultural cooperative to the...

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A family that works together can overcome poverty

  A family in Uganda. ©IFAD/Clare Bishop 14 MAY 2015 –  This year, 15 May, marks the 21st anniversary...

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A cross-continental partnership improves smallholder farmers’ lives

27 MARCH 2015 – Science is the pillar of improvement, and agriculture is the pillar of food security. Through the  Africa-Brazil Agricultural Innovation Marketplace  programme, both...

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International Women’s Day: Empowering rural women to achieve food and nutrition security

4 MARCH 2015 – This year, the international community is commemorating the 20th anniversary of the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women , held in Beijing in September 1995. International...

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Rural transformation in Sierra Leone: Meeting the challenges of fragility and Ebola

The 38th session of the  Governing Council , IFAD's annual meeting of Member States, highlighted rural transformation as a key to sustainable development. Here is one in a series...

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The benefits of bamboo: support for livelihoods, the environment and women’s empowerment

An IFAD grant-supported programme has demonstrated the enormous potential of bamboo in contributing to rural poverty reduction in several countries in Africa. One of the fastest growing plants...

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The road to dignity after 2015

30 DECEMBER 2014 – A new United Nations report previews the broad outlines of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, which will take effect after the Millennium Development Goals run...

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Household mentoring in Uganda

When it comes to bringing about change in the most disadvantaged households, development projects are often at a loss. Extreme poverty, illiteracy and lack of self-esteem isolate people and...

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Nutrition-sensitive agriculture: Connecting the dots

ROME, 24 July 2014 – As the importance of nutrition-sensitive agriculture rises on the global development agenda, IFAD and its partners are working to "mainstream" nutrition into their...

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IFAD pays homage to Nelson Mandela: ‘A true loss for good in the world’

ROME, 6 December 2013 – Referring to the death of Nelson Mandela, a renowned champion of reconciliation and unity, IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze said, "The world will miss a great...

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Bhutan farmers’ groups find sustainable markets by catering to local schools and institutions

The IFAD-supported Market Access & Growth Intensification Project instead is providing new and sustainable markets in rural Bhutan. The project is already helping to increase...

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Making better lives in Laos

For poor smallholders the world over, building a better life takes energy, hard work and commitment day after day. Laos: a rural perspective is a book of photographs that...

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Transforming rural areas

  Today more people live in cities than ever before, but we still depend on rural areas for our food. In the developing world, up to 80 per cent of food is produced on...

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Boosting gender equality in Rwanda

Annonciata Nsekugabanye is a cattle farmer in Eastern Rwanda. She received her first cow and gender training with her husband through the IFAD-supported KWAMP project. Now they can send their...

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