Enabling poor rural people
to overcome poverty


South-South Cooperation

Sharing experiences for positive results

On the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation, IFAD and partners celebrate the growing policy dialogue and sharing of knowledge, skills, expertise and resources between developing countries.

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Feature Story

The benefits of bamboo

An IFAD grant-supported programme has demonstrated the enormous potential of bamboo in supporting livelihoods, the environment and women's empowerment in several countries in Africa.

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family farming

In focus

2014 International Year of Family Farming: IFAD's commitment and call for action

The International Year of Family Farming recognizes the importance of family farming in reducing poverty, improving food security and achieving more sustainable approaches to agricultural and rural development.

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In focus

Investing in sustainable development in small island states

As the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States prepares to convene, IFAD projects aim to go the last mile in addressing the unique needs and vulnerabilities of island nations.

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In focus

Viewpoint: The human face of development

As the gap between rich and poor continues to grow in developing countries, increasing investment in rural people is crucial if we are to eradicate hunger and poverty, explains IFAD's President.

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NEN Climate

In focus

Spotlight on climate and environment: Near East and North Africa

Get a glimpse into the approaches supported by IFAD that address climate change in the Near East and North Africa region with up to date research, interactive maps, blogs and videos.

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Speeches and statements

Keynote address by IFAD President at the Opening of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) 2014 Statement by IFAD President at the Asia-Pacific Conference on Family Farming: Women as key agents for rural development Statement by IFAD President at the Asia-Pacific Conference on Family Farming Plenary session: Zero Hunger Challenge

Press releases

World hunger falls, but 805 million still chronically undernourished IFAD President visits Finland to discuss long-term investments in agriculture as key to transforming rural areas in developing countries IFAD in Norway to strengthen partnerships for investments in rural people who are on the sharp edge of climate change

Job opportunities

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7-8 October

Third session of the Consultation on the Tenth Replenishment of IFAD's resources

10 October

85th session of the Evaluation Committee

31 October

7th Permanent Representatives Meeting


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Recent Video

São Tomé was once the world's biggest exporter of cocoa, but a decade ago the global cocoa price crash destroyed the industry here and desperate farmers have been clearing the forests to find alternative ways to make a living. But then the rising global demand for organic chocolate changed everything. IFAD joined forces with French organic chocolate company, Kaoka, to revive the island's cocoa industry. And it looks like chocolate might just save this island.