Why smallholders are key in an urbanizing world

Over half the world's population now live in urban areas. Urban and rural areas are becoming ever more interconnected and interdependent, driven by improvements in transport and communications technologies. T

Why does IFAD's 11th Replenishment matter?

IFAD commemorates its 40th birthday next year. Since approving the Fund's first projects in 1978, IFAD’s members have assembled periodically to review its operations, provide guidance for the future, and replenish the financial resources of the Fund, which it in turn uses to support agricultural and rural development in its developing member countries. The replenishment consultation process lasts about a year and involves four meetings of some 50 government delegates. Currently the 11th IFAD replenishment consultation is under way and is expected to conclude with the last consultation session in December 2017 and the subsequent approval at the meeting of IFAD’s Governing Council in February 2018.

To tackle climate change, we need to invest in smallholder farmers

The U.N.’s annual climate talks have increasingly become an expo of competing environmental priorities, from renewable energy to green infrastructure, reducing deforestation to water conservation.

Sustainable incentives: how not to eat the planet

More than seven billion people currently call our planet home, and their lives depend on finite resources. With both climate change impacts and populations on the rise, we need to understand how we can meet the growing food demand while simultaneously preserving the environment and building community resilience.

UN Reform: Is IFAD prepared?

The bold 2030 Agenda for humanity will require equally bold changes in the UN development system. How is IFAD preparing to meet the challenge of reform? 

Who will feed a hungry world?

The future of our food systems depend on smart investments in agriculture that will both increase food production and also provide decent jobs for rural youth around the world.