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28 Nov 2018 description

This paper aims to better understand the context in which smallholder farms operate.

The study has developed a new methodology to establish country-wide farm typologies that combines household and macro-level data (household survey, agricultural census and land cover data) to analyze food security and poverty, to enable an analysis that is both farm-system specific and spatially explicit.

05 Sep 2017 description

September 2017 – Speaking at the conclusion of a four-day visit to Ethiopia, including to the drought-stricken Somali region, the heads of the United Nations food agencies made a joint call for greater investment in long-term activities that strengthen people’s resilience to drought and the impacts of climate shocks.

30 Aug 2017 description

ROME/ADDIS ABABA - The heads of the three UN food agencies will visit Ethiopia to highlight the critical food and nutrition security situation. Consecutive climate shocks have resulted in back-to-back droughts, which have caused hunger to soar and malnutrition rates to rise to alarming levels. The agency chiefs will discuss how best to strengthen their support to the Government and its systems so that Ethiopia can continue meeting its development goals while simultaneously addressing humanitarian challenges along the way.

02 Dec 2016 description

A total of 108,750 poor rural households in four regions of Ethiopia are expected to benefit from a financial agreement signed today between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Ethiopia to boost small-scale irrigation schemes.

16 Jan 2015 description

16 JANUARY 2015 – An IFAD-supported project in north-west Ethiopia is showing signs of positively addressing land degradation. The community-based project, located in the watershed of Lake Tana, helps farmers and communities preserve the area's natural resources and regenerate degraded lands.

11 Nov 2014 description

4 NOVEMBER 2014 – Until now, farming has not been an obvious choice for Ethiopia's youth. Barriers to owning land and other assets have fuelled the steady migration of young people to urban centres. Now, however, the IFAD-supported Participatory Small Scale Irrigation Development Programme (PASIDP) in the northern region of Tigray is providing a viable alternative by offering some young people new opportunities, including pursuing their own farming businesses.

19 Dec 2013 description

Rome, 16 December 2013 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will provide a loan of US$85 million to the Federal Democratic of Ethiopia to finance a third phase of the Pastoral Community Development Project. The Government of Ethiopia and the World Bank, will co-finance the $218.2 million project.

Gessese Mulugeta Alemseged, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to IFAD and Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of IFAD, signed the loan agreement today.

11 Dec 2013 description

ADDIS ABABA – Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), has just completed a two-day trip to Ethiopia to support Ethiopia’s efforts to make financial services more accessible to the rural poor.

09 Dec 2013 description

ADDIS ABABA – Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and the three food agencies of the United Nations are teaming up to raise awareness of how access to financial services – such as bank accounts, short-term credit, small loans, savings and insurance – can help improve the lives and livelihoods of smallholder farmers and the rural poor.

22 Jul 2013 description

A programme to support the development of microfinance institutions in Ethiopia introduced in the previous decade, has had results beyond expectations, so much so that it is now a best practice example for the scaling up of development programmes.

12 Oct 2012 description

ROME, Italy, 11 October 2012 – A new collaboration between UN Women and the Rome-based UN agencies focuses on pooling best practices to accelerate women's economic empowerment. As the co-lead agency for Ethiopia, IFAD will be sharing and expanding some of its most successful approaches and innovations to help women gain more equal standing at home and in the community.

15 Mar 2012 description

This briefing papers describe some of the lessons learned from two recent experience-sharing events: i) a visit to Niger (and Mali) organised by Oxfam GB and USAID for government and NGO representatives from Ethiopia, Uganda and Somaliland; and ii) the 'making rangelands secure' learning route to find effective and sustainable solutions that support the different land uses in dryland areas.

26 Dec 2011 description

Rome, 21 December 2011 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will provide a US$50 million loan and US$50 million grant to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to help poor rural households gain access to financial services and reduce rural poverty in the country.

The loan and grant agreement for the Rural Financial Intermediation Programme – Phase II (RUFIP II) was signed today by Mulugeta Alemseged, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ethiopia to Italy, and Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of IFAD.

14 Jul 2011 description

Rome, 13 July 2011 - The current drought in the Horn of Africa, the worst in the past 60 years, has governments in the region and the international donor community scrambling to raise additional funds for emergency relief and provide desperately required food, medical care and shelter to the affected populations in Somalia, southern Ethiopia and northern Kenya to address their dire immediate needs.

02 Jul 2011 description

IFAD urges investment in agriculture to increase production

Rome, 1 July 2011 – In the face of a prolonged drought in East Africa that is threatening the lives of an estimated 10 million people across the region, Geoffrey Livingston, Regional Economist for East and Southern Africa at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said: “We need to act now and step up investment in agriculture and smallholder farmers if we want to prevent a major food crisis.”

16 Nov 2010 description

Taking action to support women

New evaluation on gender equality and women's empowerment in IFAD's projects points the way to further progress

Rome, 7 February 2011 - An evaluation of projects and activities undertaken by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has found that, while there is room for improvement, the agency has made significant progress in promoting gender equality and women's empowerment in family agricultural production and farmers' organizations.

The report by IFAD's Office of Evaluation further underlines the central role …

03 Jun 2010 description

Joint News Release

3 June 2010, Davos - Weather insurance can have a sustainable role in protecting poor farmers from going bankrupt after drought or floods, according to a study released today by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

The new study, released at the Global Risk Forum in Davos, shows that weather index-based insurance, issued before the planting season begins, can be more effective at protecting farmers' livelihoods than providing emergency aid after bad weather has wiped out their …

26 Nov 2009 description

Press release No.: IFAD/59/09

Rome, 26 November 2009 - A US$19.5 million loan and a US$19.5 million grant from IFAD to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia will support the delivery of basic social services to some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the country - pastoralists and their families.

After the success of its first phase, the Pastoral Community Development Project will extend its reach to three times as many households.

Operations will be extended to 57 districts of the Afar, Oromia, Somali and Southern regions, which account for about 45 per cent of …

19 Jun 2009 description

Rome, 19 June 2009 - Ethiopia loses about 2 billion tons of fertile soils to land degradation each year.