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Globalization, climate change, environmental degradation, migrations, the spread of communicable diseases and conflict are just some examples of evolving challenges and opportunities confronting rural poor women and men. Development practitioners constantly face new challenges and many good practices may quickly become obsolete. Making a positive and lasting impact on rural poverty requires the capacity both to implement tried and tested practices and to respond to new challenges and opportunities as they emerge. In other words, it requires the ability to innovate.

The complexity and diversity of rural poverty call for new, better solutions. Despite global progress towards the SDGs, many countries and regions are lagging behind, and social and economic inequalities are growing almost everywhere. This situation calls for new approaches to eradicating rural poverty and a better understanding of its challenges as seen by the rural poor.

Achieving one’s goals better

IFAD defines innovation as a new process, product or approach that adds value and delivers a sustainable, equitable, inclusive and/or new contextual solution to rural development challenges.

 

For IFAD, the most important innovations are those that impact rural poor people directly. IFAD aims to catalyse the generation, testing and scaling up of solutions that have the potential to contribute to deliver equitable, better and greater impact for the rural poor by leveraging on learning, strategic partnerships, digitalization and the implementation of suitable tools and guidelines.

Related publications

Related publications

Catalogue of Geospatial Tools and Applications for Climate Investments

March 2022
This catalogue features innovative geospatial tools and real life case studies from IFAD’s operations, to give a flavour of how and where IFAD uses such technology.

Digital Agriculture in Asia and the Pacific region: A synthesis of ongoing work

May 2021
While the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and digital tools has been increasing steadily across large swathes of rural Asia during the past two decades, the ongoing COVID-19 crisis has imparted a sense of urgency in terms of accelerating this trend.

Innovation Catalogue

February 2021
The Innovation Catalogue showcases a set of 23 solutions to challenges faced by small-scale producers in East and Southern Africa.

Related events

Related events

Innovation Day 2022

June 2022 - EVENT
Innovation Day kicks off the IFAD'22 conference and will gather stakeholders to share knowledge on how to originate, pilot, test, and scale solutions that help solve challenges in rural development and climate-change adaptation.

Jobs, Innovation and Value Chains in the age of Climate Change

June 2022 - EVENT
A high-level forum that will feature IFAD’s landmarks: Excellence, Partnership, Collaboration.

Unlocking Storylines for Innovation Success: The role of innovation and storytelling in rural ecosystem development

May 2022 - EVENT
Innovators spend 30% of their working week storytelling. Yet most lack formal training on how to use story frameworks and plotlines.

Related news

Related news

2021 Agrobiodiversity Innovation Challenge

August 2021 - NEWS
Innovators who aim to mainstream agrobiodiversity solutions into the agri-food sector are welcome to submit applications to the Agrobiodiversity Innovation Challenge.

Third round of National Call for Proposals (Morocco): Supporting remittances in times of crisis in Africa

July 2021 - NEWS
The Financing Facility for Remittances (FFR) of IFAD is pleased to announce the third round of National Calls for Proposals (Morocco) 2021: supporting remittances in times of crisis in Africa.

Second round of National Calls for Proposals (Kenya and Uganda): Supporting remittances in times of crisis in Africa

April 2021 - NEWS
The Financing Facility for Remittances of IFAD is pleased to announce the second round of National Calls for Proposals (Kenya, Uganda) 2021: supporting remittances in times of crisis in Africa.

Related stories

Related stories

How farmers around the world are protecting nature’s delicate balance – and reaping the rewards

May 2022 - STORY
Healthy ecosystems are diverse ecosystems. And at IFAD, we believe that small-scale farmers are amongst the greatest stewards and beneficiaries of biodiversity.

Why free, prior and informed consent is so important for indigenous peoples

April 2022 - STORY
At the heart of this year’s session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is “free, prior and informed consent.” Quite a mouthful! But what does it really mean? And why does it matter?

Communities use GIS maps to conserve forests and adapt to climate change

March 2022 - STORY
Making the right decisions about managing natural resources isn’t always easy. That’s especially true for watersheds, where the local ecosystem depends on the health of multiple waterways. Now, GIS technology is helping communities in rural Nepal monitor and preserve the forests fed by local watersheds.

Related blogs

Related blogs

Do IFAD-supported projects reduce the risk of conflict? What the evidence says

April 2022 - BLOG
We used GIS to assess the impact of IFAD-supported projects on the likelihood of conflict in fragile contexts. Our results suggest that the presence of IFAD interventions may prevent conflicts from arising and reduce the overall number of conflicts.    

Building resilience in the Asia-Pacific region in uncertain times

April 2022 - BLOG
Just as the shadow of COVID-19 was lifting from many parts of the world, new crises have arisen – and they’re a particularly difficult challenge for poor rural people in developing countries.

Nutrition-sensitive agriculture: The cornerstone of a healthier world

December 2021 - BLOG
It might seem counter-intuitive to suggest that agriculture should become more nutrition-sensitive – but many small-scale producers worldwide are at risk of food and nutrition insecurity. We’re committing to more ambitious goals for integrating nutrition into our investments and project activities.

Innovation contact

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innovation@ifad.org