Investing in rural people

From unemployed to entrepreneur: helping Arab youth in rural areas

Feature Story

From unemployed to entrepreneur: helping Arab youth in rural areas

Provided with appropriate lending and saving services, rural youth in the Near East and North Africa region can start new businesses and improve their livelihoods.

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legal guide


New legal guide on contract farming

IFAD has teamed up with UNIDROIT and FAO to launch a new legal guide that will help smallholder farmers and buyers build mutually beneficial partnerships.

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New report

New Addis Ababa Action Agenda remains focused on agriculture and rural development

A groundbreaking agreement recently emerged from the Third International Conference on Financing for Development that provides a foundation for implementing the global sustainable development agenda that world leaders are expected to adopt this September.

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Feature Story

IFAD's Annual Report 2014: A milestone year

IFAD's Annual Report has been published today. It gives an overview of our operational, administrative and financial activities during 2014. And it tells the stories of some of the rural women and men we've been working with.

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In focus

Higher yields and greater resilience for smallholder rice farmers in southern Asia

An IFAD grant has contributed to the research and development of new varieties of rice that will withstand the stresses of harsh conditions and a changing climate in South and Southeast Asia.

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Empowering farmers while going organic

IFAD's online video series presents new thinking on small-scale farming. This talk features Gabriela Soto Muñoz, President of Eco-LOGICA, asking the question: How can we bring back the principles of care and fairness to organic farming?

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Less is more: Less seed, less water - more rice

IFAD's implementation of the System of Rice Intensification method in Madagascar has been awarded as one of the best sustainable development practices in food security, in a competition hosted by EXPO Milano 2015.

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apr spotlight


Spotlight on climate and environment: Asia and the Pacific region

From IFAD's blog: Susan Beccio travelled to northern Cambodia to see how women are taking charge of their development.

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Speeches and statements

Statement by IFAD President at the International Day of Family Remittances Statement by IFAD Vice-President at the Astana Economic Forum - Food Security Panel Statement by IFAD President at the Ministerial Meeting of African LDCs "Structural Transformation, Graduation and the Post-2015 Development Agenda" Statement by IFAD Vice-President at the Astana Economic Forum - Food Security Panel

Press releases

Niger receives IFAD financing to support family farmers in the regions of Maradi, Tahoua and Zinder Helping farmers and buyers build mutually beneficial partnerships Countries from the Arab States region, Europe and Central Asia discussed cooperation on agricultural development and food security Good governance is vital to boosting investment in agriculture in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Convenors and Friends – 4th meeting                                        

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Audit Committee – 137th meeting                                        

14 September

Executive Board Informal Seminar on Climate Mainstreaming in IFAD                                        

15-16 September

Executive Board – 115th session                                        

Recent Video

In a region where women still struggle to close the gender gap, Morocco stands out. In the past ten years it has enacted laws to eliminate discrimination against women and guarantee gender equality. But how do these laws make a difference in remote rural areas? It could be as simple as buying two sheep.