Increasing the production of traditional crops in Brazil

February 2017
A better life will soon be a reality for Adriana Pantaleón dos Santos, a 19-year-old from the Kirirí indigenous community of Marcação, Brazil. Since she started to work at the cassava processing unit, she is now able to save extra money so that she can study Medicine at the Federal University of Bahia, in Salvador. 

Waiting for the rain

May 2016
Kirehe, 27 April - In Rwanda, small farmers are being hit by a number of climate shocks including floods, droughts, intense rainfall and high winds.

Ten things to know about rural youth in West and Central Africa

April 2016
West and Central Africa is a youthful region. The African Union defines youth from 15-35 years old, forming over 35% of total population. By 2020, it is projected that 3 out of 4 people, will be on average 20 years old. (African Union).

Ten things to know about rural youth in Latin America and the Caribbean

April 2016
The population of Latin America and the Caribbean is more than 600 million and approximately 52% of the entire population is under 29 years old. The 15-29 years old constitute 25% of the population. (ECLAC, 2015)

Naan bread empowers ethnic minority women in China

March 2016
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. Naan bread is a staple in the local diet and is traditionally baked by the female members of the household.

Gender equality in Near East, North Africa, Europe and Central Asia

February 2016
Work in agriculture is an important form of female employment, but with large variations across the region. In Georgia and Morocco, women in agriculture account for almost 60 per cent of the total female workforce. In Jordan, they amount to only 4 per cent.

Household mentoring in Uganda

February 2016
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 make them difficult to reach through the usual channels.

Spotlight on climate and environment: Asia and Pacific

June 2015
Asia is already experiencing the impacts of climate change that are as diverse as the continent itself. From rising average temperatures that threaten the viability of crops, to sea level rise and salinity intrusion in coastal areas, to more intense droughts and floods.

Spotlight on climate and environment: Latin America and the Caribbean

June 2015
Although Latin America bears little historical responsibility for climate change, many of the current climate change studies indicate that the frequency of extreme weather events will increase in the future. 

Ten things to know about rural youth

March 2015
The global population of young people aged 15 to 24 is more than 1.2 billion. Their numbers are declining in developed regions but increasing in the developing world. (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, 2013)