Investing in rural people

Water

Feature Story

"Water is critical to development," says IFAD expert

As the world's leading water professionals and decision makers come together this week in Stockholm for World Water Week 2015, we take a look at how water is critical to development.

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Youth

Feature Story

Celebrating International Youth Day 2015

Young rural people represent a significant portion of the agricultural workforce and play a major role in the development of rural areas. In honour of International Youth Day, we compiled the top five reasons IFAD invests in rural youth.

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Addis

Feature Story

Stewards of biodiversity adapt to a changing climate

An IFAD grant is helping farmers in Peru, Viet Nam and Zimbabwe develop capacities to manage biodiversity while adapting to climate change.

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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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indigenous

Feature Story

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples promotes health and well-being

Indigenous peoples have a long history of living off the land and harvesting healthy foods, and yet globally, indigenous peoples themselves suffer disproportionately from poorer health.

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Addis

New report

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

Groundbreaking agreement provides a foundation for implementing the global sustainable development agenda that world leaders are expected to adopt this September.

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AR2014

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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Spotlight

Spotlight on climate and environment: Asia and the Pacific region

For thousands of years, villagers in a remote part of North East Bangladesh thrived on fishing in small pools that formed during the monsoon season. But then, local elites took control and banned poor villagers from fishing...that is, until an IFAD-supported project helped them regain their rights.

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New

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

Angola receives IFAD financing to strengthen artisanal fisheries and aquaculture Kenya and IFAD join with development partners to enhance cereal production in semi-arid counties IFAD and Cambodia sign historic host country agreement

Job opportunities

Check out IFAD's job opportunities and vacancies
Events

1 September

Convenors and Friends – 4th meeting                                        

3 September

Audit Committee – 137th meeting                                        

14 September

Executive Board Informal Seminar on Climate Mainstreaming in IFAD                                        

15-16 September

Executive Board – 115th session                                        
Blog

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