Indigenous crops bring climate solutions for farmers in Brazil's Caatinga – IFAD and Slow Food take the lead

January 2018
Longer dry seasons and unpredictable rainfall are having a serious impact on the farming communities in the semi-arid zone, or Caatinga biome, in the state of Bahia in north-eastern Brazil.

How avocados are making a difference in the Dominican Republic

December 2017
Marielena and Julio come from the town of San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic, where a small green fruit – the avocado – has changing their lives and that of their community.

In the pursuit of a better life

December 2017
Pathe Ndiaye, 26, stands in the middle of an onion field in Kaolack, Senegal and succinctly sums up why he returned to his rural home after spending years in the city. “Life is better here.”

Caring for the Planet Starts from the Ground

December 2017
Thouraya Lahmer and Aoun Ouni are two villagers from the south of Tunisia. Although they are not policy makers or soil experts, they both contribute to feeding the world. 

The Malian diaspora invests to offer young people a better future at home

November 2017
In Mali, young rural people find it difficult to borrow funds to start or develop their agricultural activities. This may now change thanks to the Babyloan Mali platform.

Agriculture is finally on the agenda!

November 2017
In an iconic decision at COP 23, negotiators in Bonn agreed to new negotiation processes to “jointly address” a number of new agriculture topics – for the first time naming agriculture directly in the agreement.

UN Climate Change Conference – COP 23

November 2017
The UNFCCC COP23 is officially under way after an exciting opening ceremony. President of UNFCCC COP22 in Marrakech last year, H.E. Mr. Salaheddine Mezouar, talked about the triumphs of the Moroccan presidency and paid tribute to Fiji.

Silvia’s Story

November 2017
The dry and dusty Tunuyán riverbed contrasts sharply with the dark and heavy clouds that threaten rain. "You are arriving just in time for the rain although, to tell you the truth, this year we have had plenty of it", comments Silvia Gómez, President of the Asociación La Gloriosa, with a smile. She welcomes us to La Gloriosa, in the department of La Paz in Mendoza, Argentina.

Leading the way - new conference promotes rural solutions through SSTC

November 2017
On 20-21 November 2017, high-level government representatives, development professionals, representatives of the private sector, members of international civil society and academia will meet in Brasilia at the first IFAD-organized conference to promote rural innovations and solutions through South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) for improved livelihoods in developing countries.

Ploughing for profits

October 2017
Gavharbi Ahmadova and Faizov Kamarali are both from the Khatlon region in Tajikistan but from different villages. Although they have never met, they have a lot in common - they both struggle to sustain their families with a steady income through farming, an almost impossible task given the near absence of agricultural machinery with which to cultivate land and harvest crops on time.  

World Food Day 2017 - Changing the future of migration

October 2017
When Mosammat Karfunnesa, 50, was raising her four sons in rural Bangladesh, she could not afford to send them to school, and her husband, a rural laborer, was often unemployed. But despite these challenges, Karfunnesa never gave up on wanting to make a difference for her family.

IFAD partners with rural youth to get their voices heard at Bonn Climate Summit

October 2017
The Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN) are coming to the UNFCCC COP23 in Bonn this November. IFAD has partnered with CSAYN because of their shared passion for raising awareness of climate change impacts and actions amongst young people in rural communities.

Celebrating the International Day of Rural Women

October 2017

October 15 is the International Day of Rural Woman and a chance to celebrate the accomplishments of rural women around the world. Rural women play key roles in their families, communities and countries, and yet they are often severely disadvantaged, economically, socially and politically.

Sorghum - a new hope in dry times

October 2017
While droughts devastate maize yields in parts of Kenya, IFAD supports farmers to grow more resilient crops, such as short-stemmed sorghum.

Trees of hope

October 2017

Drought threatens much of East and Southern Africa, putting farmers’ livelihoods at risk. But with IFAD funding, communities in Kenya are growing trees to help safeguard their future.

On the ground in Ethiopia

September 2017
In September, the Heads of the UN’s three Rome-based food agencies visited drought-affect parts of Ethiopia where at least 8.5 million people were in need of food aid.

Investing in rural development matters more than ever

September 2017
Global hunger is on the rise again after steadily declining for over a decade, according to the latest report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World.

New research finds the potential of waste reuse for small farmers worldwide

August 2017
New research shows how food, agro-industrial and human waste can support food security and sustainability around the world.

Better feed for cows benefits dairy farmers in India and Tanzania

August 2017
Innovative strategies increase milk production and boost small farmers’ food security and livelihoods.

Creating opportunities for rural youth is more urgent than ever

August 2017
By creating employment opportunities for rural youth, countries can reap the demographic dividends of a young vibrant workforce.

Organics offer new opportunities to young farmers in the Pacific Islands

August 2017
A growing IFAD-supported movement in the Pacific Islands is helping farmers tap into international organics markets. By having their products certified as organic, Pacific Island farmers are raising their incomes, increasing their resilience and maintaining their cultures.

Searching for a better way to farm

August 2017

With her granddaughter in hand, Ruth Stephen Chileshe proudly shows off the large iron-roofed brick house she recently built selling maize, cassava, beans and ground nuts from her small farm in rural Zambia. Only 10 meters down the pathway stands the remnants of her old and much smaller home.

Rural poor people in Madagascar strengthen resilience through land tenure

July 2017
In western Madagascar, IFAD-supported projects have been helping people in rural areas gain legal rights to their land – a key tactic in the fight against poverty.

Boosting nutrition one TV show at a time in Laos

July 2017

In rural communities in northern Laos, an IFAD supported programme is using a television soap opera to help tackle extreme poverty and malnutrition.