Investing in rural people

IFAD Governing Council

Innovation, agriculture and a changing climate

As the world's population continues to soar and competition for fresh water increases, innovation is needed more than ever to help make marginal environments agriculturally productive, says Dr. Ismahane Elouafi, Director General of the International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture.

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Top five reasons why we love small farmers

As different cultures celebrate Valentine's Day, IFAD reminds the world of the importance of investing in small farmers.

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Small fish, big potential

Ten million African women rely on small-scale fish farming to earn a living, says IFAD's Richard Abila, but too often their catch is spoiled and the poverty-fighting potential is lost because of obsolete practices.

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World Economic Forum 2016

Growing inequality, migration crisis, climate top issues for Davos leaders

In Davos, IFAD highlights the important role government, business and civil society can play in tackling growing hunger and inequality by helping small farmers adapt to climate change and increase global food production. Read More


Building a better future: Day 1

On 1 January, the 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) came into force. The new global goals aim to free the world from hunger and poverty by 2030 and ensure the continued viability of life on our planet. Now, it's time for action. Read More


Producing climate smart cassava in Mozambique

As climate change continues to devastate rural farming, one IFAD project is using stem plantation to help farmers adapt. Read More



Spotlight on climate and environment: West and Central Africa

The Spotlight on Environment and Climate page looks at how IFAD-supported projects in the West and Central Africa region are working with smallholder farmers to promote adaptation to climate change. Read more


Press releases

Financing the success of the Global Goals to be highlighted at United Nations' event with Italian President 17-18 February 2016: International leaders gather in Rome for annual IFAD event UN agency to build climate resilience among pastoralists in Tajikistan Benin and IFAD work together to boost food and nutrition security while creating jobs for young people

Speeches and statements

Keynote Statement by IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze at Chatham House Statement by IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze at the Holy See Statement by IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze at Texas A&M University

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15-16 February

The sixth global meeting of the Farmers' Forum

17-18 February
Governing Council 39th session


Recent Video

Rwanda is the first country in the world where women hold a parliamentary majority and new laws have given women rights to land, employment opportunities and education. Now, in the most remote parts of the country, gender equality is going a long way to reducing poverty.