Rural echoes in Near East and North Africa

Issue number 10: December 2011
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Issue number 9: January 2011
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Issue number 8: September 2010
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ssue number 7: December 2009
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Armenia

    • Connecting Mountain Villages to Natural Gas

      In Armenia, natural gas pipelines were constructed to provide cold mountain regions with a new energy source that replaces firewood, cow dung and liquid gas. It also costs less and saves the environment.

    • Refinancing Connects Banks to Rural Clients

      In Armenia, Macedonia and Moldova, low-cost refinancing capital makes rural investments attractive and profitable for local banks, and reduces rural poverty by stimulating economic growth.

Azerbaijan

    • Reviving Agriculture by Privatizing Farms

      In Azerbaijan, IFAD co-sponsored a project that successfully helped the government restore agricultural productivity by restructuring collective and state farms and transferring them
      to the local population.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

    • Starting Rural Businesses after the War

      In Bosnia and Herzegovina, a project co-sponsored by IFAD helped the war-ravaged country make the transition from immediate relief and rehabilitation to long-term sustainable development.

Djibouti

    • Managing natural resources comprehensively and sustainably to combat poverty in pastoral communities

      In Djibouti, pastoral communities have made a clear improvement in their living conditions with better access to water and strengthened capacity in natural resources conservation and management.

Egypt

    • A Holistic Approach to Farming Research

      In Egypt, land productivity was improved by an IFAD project that created strong links between farmers, research and extension, and raised resource-use efficiency by integrating crops and livestock.

    • Increasing Exports through Contract Farming

      In Egypt, an IFAD-sponsored project helps farmers and their associations enter into contractual arrangements with private-sector companies, which enables them to increase their export of food crops.

Gaza and the West Bank

    • Women's Savings and Credit Associations

      In Gaza and the West Bank, IFAD gave women a unique opportunity to start their own businesses by setting up a series of Savings and Credit Associations and providing business skills training.

Jordan

    • Financing Microenterprises Led by Women

      In Jordan, the success of a project co-funded by IFAD largely rested on how quickly rural women were able to learn about borrowing money and setting up and running their own small enterprises.

Kyrgyzstan

    • Participatory and decentralized pasture management

      In Kyrgyzstan, sustainable pasture management has improved productivity and contributed to rural poverty reduction.

Macedonia

    • Supporting Private Agricultural Consulting

    • Refinancing Connects Banks to Rural Clients

      In Armenia, Macedonia and Moldova, low-cost refinancing capital makes rural investments attractive and profitable for local banks, and reduces rural poverty by stimulating economic growth

Moldova

    • Refinancing Connects Banks to Rural Clients

      In Armenia, Macedonia and Moldova, low-cost refinancing capital makes rural investments attractive and profitable for local banks, and reduces rural poverty by stimulating economic growth.

Morocco

    • Community-Based Range Management

      In Morocco, IFAD pioneered Community-Based Range Management (CBRM), an innovative approach to managing rangeland in which local communities steer the process.

Somalia

    • Sand storage dams: Innovating water management

      In Somalia, after civil unrest and severe drought, an intervention co-funded by IFAD and the Belgian Fund for Food Security (BFFS) helps provide much needed access towater during the driest seasons of the year.

    • New Techniques Help Locate Groundwater

      In Somalia, much-needed sources of underground water were identified by using advanced geophysical surveys in those same areas where previous trial-and-error drilling had delivered no results.

Sudan

    • Harvesting Water to Increase Productivity

      In Sudan, an IFAD-supported project helped beneficiaries develop a technique to collect and use water efficiently. Two main results? Increased agricultural productivity and reduced impact on the environment.

Syria

    • Reclaiming Land through De-Rocking

      In Syria, large areas of degraded land have been turned into arable land thanks to several IFAD projects that managed to combine the sheer power of bulldozers with the long-term commitment of farmers

    • Sanduq: A Rural Microfinance Innovation

      In Syria, a sanduq – a local microfinance institution owned and managed by its members – provides much needed loans to poor rural people, with particular attention to women.

Tunisia

    • Reviving Tradition, Boosting Employment

      In Tunisia, young women managed to set up their own small enterprises that produce and sell Al margoum, a traditional embroidery of Berber origin that was on the verge of disappearing.

Yemen

    • A gender-balanced model for community development

      In Yemen, a community-led project fostering women's empowerment has improved the food security of thousands od landless and smallholder farmers living in the poorest areas of the country.