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On the banks of the São Francisco, where fishing, tourism and social inclusion converge

November 2021
Brazil’s São Francisco river is a place of convergences. The river delta, and the stunning tropical forest surrounding it, is home to many different ethnic groups who settled there in search of a fresh start. Plans for a new ecotourism route that would allow visitors to experience the area’s rich culture and traditions were well under way – and then the pandemic struck. Nevertheless, one IFAD-funded project managed to support the region’s artisans and fishers.

Responding to the challenges of a year like no other: IFAD’s 2020 Annual Report

July 2021
IFAD’s Annual Report provides a concise, compelling and interactive discussion of how we addressed the challenges of the last year.

Digital information service helps small-scale farmers respond to COVID-19

April 2021
The Kenya National Farmers’ Federation is implementing a mobile information platform to serve its members and other Kenyan farmers.

Countries worldwide are stepping up to support rural farmers living in poverty

February 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on smallholder farmers in low-income countries who have struggled to access to markets, labourers, technology, and key resources amid physical distancing mandates, shifting government funding priorities, and plunging income levels.

Unless we urgently rethink agriculture, more diseases will jump species

January 2021
As the world grapples with the current pandemic, other threats, not least our climate emergency, have not gone away. The science is clear that without urgent global action, the climate and broader environmental crisis could be worse.

A year in review: Nurturing resilient rural communities in a time of change

December 2020
2020 has been a tumultuous year. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone across the world – and meanwhile, the other challenges faced by rural people across the globe haven’t gone away.

Idris and Sabrina Elba call for investments in rural agriculture to fight rising hunger

October 2020
For Idris Elba, returning to Sierra Leone late last year was about two things: reconnecting with his roots and learning about the challenges facing the country where his father was born, so that he could become a better advocate for its people

“Cashroots” movement builds community resilience in the Solomon Islands

October 2020
Simon Chottu works hard and plays hard. An events manager by trade, he’s spent the last few years hosting hip-hop parties and organizing music events and competitions across the South Pacific.

Rural women: The key to building back better in a post-COVID world

October 2020
In times of crisis, rural women are the key that holds families and rural communities together – and in times like these, they need our support more than ever.

Keeping food on the table and preventing food loss when business is not as usual

September 2020
We are living in difficult times. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and all the fallout that has ensued, nothing is quite as easy as it was – unless, of course, you can do it from the comfort of your home, armed with a smartphone and a good internet connection.

Holding on: IFAD-supported programme sustains assets – and rural livelihoods

August 2020
The restrictions put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Pakistan were designed to keep the population safe and healthy, but have spelled severe losses for many rural businesses.

Shining the development spotlight on youth

August 2020
As a result of the pandemic, the equivalent of 400 million full-time jobs have already been lost worldwide, and a further 71 million to 100 million people could consequently be pushed into extreme poverty.

Indigenous youth in agriculture during COVID-19

August 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many people to re-examine everything: their priorities, their jobs, even their roles in society.

Smartphones keep track of IFAD projects’ achievements and challenges in Brazil during COVID-19

July 2020
For all the chaos they bring, crises also have a way of giving birth to unexpected opportunities. One way they do this is by urging people to develop new tools to help them resist disaster.

Social media helps young rural Kenyan entrepreneurs battle the COVID-19 shutdown

July 2020
Until COVID-19 hit in March, the G-Star Youth Group’s banana processing factory was buzzing with activity.

Indigenous knowledge – and resilience – in a COVID-19 world

July 2020
It is increasingly clear that human health and our relationship with nature are inescapably intertwined. This holds true across many dimensions of health, including the potential for the transmission of disease – just as we are seeing with the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Looking inward: I-Kiribati fight a double health crisis

June 2020
COVID-19 is not the only health crisis threatening to devastate the population of Kiribati. Cases of diet-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have tripled between 2005 and 2010.

Keeping exports flowing: Saving development gains in Rwanda

June 2020
When exports of dried pineapple resumed at the beginning of May, after the lockdown, Jean Damascène Hakuzimana, President of the Tuzamurane farmers’ cooperative, was relieved.

Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on small-scale agriculture in The Gambia

May 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us just how vulnerable agricultural value chains are to external shocks – and how much more we need to do to build the sector’s resilience.

Planting seeds in the new normal: Rural women in Pakistan amid COVID-19

May 2020
In rural Pakistan, women are important partners in agricultural development. They perform a variety of crucial tasks, including weeding and tilling land, planting seeds, collecting farmyard manure and harvesting. They are also responsible for cleaning, drying and storing grains.

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