July 1, 2022

IFAD launches response to protect world’s rural poor against shocks from war in Ukraine

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“IFAD’s role is critical to mitigate any shocks to food systems and in doing so protect long-term development progress. The international community must anticipate the far-reaching and worryingly destabilizing consequences of this war in Europe by supporting the most vulnerable,” said Marteen Brouwer, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Kenya at a press event in Nairobi. […]

At COP 15, IFAD calls for immediate long-term investments in land restoration and climate resilience to ensure global food security

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From IFAD Rome, 9 May 2022:  With land degradation gaining ground and affecting up to 40% of lands on Earth, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) today called for a significant increase in investments to help small-scale farmers protect and restore lands and ecosystems, build their resilience to climate change, and ensure long-term global […]

Impacts of Ukraine conflict on food security already being felt in the Near East North Africa region and will quickly spread, warns IFAD

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Rome, 17 March 2022 – As the war continues to rage in Ukraine, impacts of rising food prices and shortages of staple crops are already being felt in the Near East and North Africa region and spreading to the world’s most vulnerable countries, including in the Horn of Africa, with poorest people at greatest risk, warned the […]

The impact of conflict in Ukraine on global food security – statement by Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of IFAD

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Rome, 3 March 2022 – At IFAD we are following the situation in Ukraine with a heavy heart. We deplore the loss of life and displacement of populations, and we join the call of the UN Secretary General to end military operations, restore peace and protect human rights. Conflict and hunger are closely intertwined – when […]

IFAD leads on sustainable farming on World Water Day

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Rome, 21 March 2018– On World Water Day 2018, a new report released by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) shows that sustainable investment in freshwater ecosystems in developing countries helps farmers reduce the impact from floods, droughts and water pollution. The Water Advantage: Seeking Sustainable Solutions for Water Stress, which draws evidence from a […]

Information and communications technologies are essential to the empowerment and success of poor rural women

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UN agencies in Rome to mark International Women’s Day Rome, 7 March 2018 – The role of information communications technologies in supporting rural women’s economic empowerment, voice and status, will be the focus of discussions at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on 8 March, International Women’s Day. IFAD, together with United Nations Food […]

Investing in rural people is central to building peace and stability around the world

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IFAD annual meeting on 13-14 February 2018 Rome, 8 February 2018 – Against a rising tide of people living in increasingly fragile situations, the 41st session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will feature international personalities and heads-of-state who will discuss how investing in sustainable rural livelihoods is central to […]

Former German development executive joins United Nations agency, IFAD, as Vice-President

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Rome, 1 February 2018 – Cornelia Richter, a German national and former Managing Director and member of the Executive Committee of the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), joined the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) today as Vice-President. In her new role, Richter will provide strategic direction to IFAD, promote corporate approaches and solutions, […]

The link between poverty and migration top discussion between UN agency President and Pope Francis

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Rome, 11 January 2018 – Just days after renewing his plea to respect the rights of migrants, Pope Francis will have a private meeting with Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) during which it is expected they will discuss the importance of investing in rural development to create opportunities […]

Madagascar signs a US$ 53 million financing agreement with IFAD to boost food and nutritional security and strengthen resilience to climate change in rural areas

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Rome, 13 December 2017 – A new financial agreement, signed today between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Madagascar, will sustainably improve incomes and food and nutrition security for 320,000 Malagasy rural households in eight regions located in the southern part of the country. The agreement for the Inclusive Agricultural Value Chains Development […]