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World hunger is estimated to be on the rise again as conflict and human-induced disasters as well as natural disasters are contributing to setbacks in food security. This year’s The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) warns that the long-term declining trend in undernourishment seems to have come to a halt and may have reversed. Meanwhile, though progress continues to be made in reducing child malnutrition, millions of children are still stunted and wasted, and rising overweight and obesity are a concern in most parts of the world.

24 May 2017 description

Rome, 24 May 2017 – At a time when nearly one million South Sudanese have crossed into northern Uganda, creating one of the world’s largest refugee settlements, Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), arrives in Kampala 25 May to discuss efforts to support small scale farmers and increase food security in the country. According to a recent analysis, some 4.9 million South Sudanese are food insecure and 100,000 are at risk of famine.

16 Dec 2014 description

The poorest of the rural poor are always difficult to target, for both IFAD and governments. Often illiterate and isolated, they have such great needs that reaching them on a significant scale remains a challenge. In Uganda, IFAD has been working with the government to pilot a methodology that is helping to bridge that gap and change the lives and outlook of the most vulnerable households.

25 Nov 2014 description

IFAD invests in rural communities to create vibrant rural economy

Rome, 24 November 2014 – Today the government of the Republic of Uganda and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed a US$29 million loan agreement to finance the Project for Financial Inclusion in Rural Areas (PROFIRA). This project aims to sustainably increase access to and use of financial services by rural populations in Uganda.

24 Oct 2014 description

La Communauté de pratiques mondiale sur la réduction des pertes, une initiative à l’actif des agences de l’ONU à Rome

24 octobre 2014, Rome - Les tentatives visant à réduire les pertes alimentaires et le gaspillage de nourriture, qui représentent un tiers des aliments produits dans le monde pour la consommation humaine, peuvent désormais compter sur une nouvelle plateforme en ligne qui rassemble, pour la première fois, un éventail de ressources permettant aux acteurs concernés de partager leurs expériences et les meilleures pratiques.

24 Oct 2014 description

Global Community of Practice on food losses is launched by Rome-based UN agencies

24 October 2014, Rome - Attempts to reduce food losses and waste, which account for one third of food produced for human consumption, have received a boost through a new online platform that brings together for the first time a range of resources and allows stakeholders to share experiences and best practices.

22 Jul 2014 description

CIAT led a Rapid Rural Appraisal (RRA), an integrative approach to data collection, in Northern Uganda to guide further research in a bid to improve food security and climate change resilience of small holder farmers; part of a new IFAD funded project.

10 Mar 2014 description

The District Livelihoods Support Programme (DLSP), implemented by the Ministry of Local Government in Uganda, and funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has been piloting the use of visioning and household mentoring as a new approach to tackle rural poverty among poor communities. The approaches have the unique aspect of providing social transformation for the most vulnerable households by empowering them to make joint decisions as a family and tackle their challenges.

23 Dec 2013 description

La Suisse financera un projet de 2,7 millions de dollars prévoyant des activités pilotes dans trois pays africains

20 décembre 2013, Rome - L'Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'alimentation et l'agriculture (FAO), le Fonds international pour le développement agricole (FIDA) et le Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM) ont lancé un projet commun destiné à affronter le problème des pertes alimentaires.

23 Dec 2013 description

Switzerland to fund $2.7 million project with pilot activities in three African countries

20 December 2013, Rome - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have launched a joint project to tackle the global problem of food losses.

Around one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted each year, amounting to 1.3 billion tonnes - or enough food to feed 2 billion people.

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.

14 Nov 2011 description

Rome, 14 November 2011 –The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will provide a US$14 million loan to the Republic of Uganda to improve agricultural research.

The loan agreement for the Agricultural Technology and Agribusiness Advisory Services Project was signed by Deo K. Rwabita, the Ambassador of the Republic of Uganda, and Kanayo F. Nwanze, IFAD President.

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.”

19 Feb 2011 description

Le Président du FIDA Nwanze exhorte les leaders politiques des 167 Pays Membres à se concentrer sur la jeunesse pour construire une économie rurale dynamique

Rome, le 19 février 2011 - «L´Afrique possède les territoires et les personnes pour développer un système agricole capable de produire assez de surplus pour assurer la sécurité alimentaire mondiale dans les décennies à venir », a dit ce matin Kofi Annan, président de l'Alliance pour une Révolution Verte en Afrique (AGRA) lors de la conférence annuelle du FIDA (Fonds International de Développement Agricole).

Kofi Annan, …

19 Feb 2011 description

IFAD President Nwanze urges policy leaders from 167 Member States to focus on young people to build vibrant rural economies

Rome, 19 February 2011 - Africa has the land and the people to develop an agricultural system that can provide enough surplus to ensure global food security in decades to come, Kofi Annan, Chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), said this morning at the annual meeting of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Annan, a former United Nations Secretary-General, said that good progress towards this goal is already being …

21 Oct 2010 description

Rome, 21 October 2010 - A US$ 52 million loan from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to the Republic of Uganda will help to lay the basis for agricultural driven rural development.

The loan agreement for the Vegetable Oil Development Project Phase 2 (VODP2) was signed today in Rome by Deo K. Rwabita, Ambassador of the Republic of Uganda, and Kanayo F.

16 Nov 2009 description

Responsables des projets et programmes, experts du développement agricole et rural et fonctionnaires du FIDA discutent de l'accès au marché et de l'intégration de l'agiculture et de l'élevage comme moyens d'améliorer la productivité agricole.

Bujumbura, le 16 novembre 2009. Le Fonds international de développement agricole (FIDA) organise du 16 au 19 novembre 2009 à Bujumbura, Burundi, un atelier régional sur l'exécution de ses projets et des programmes en Afrique de l'Est et Australe.

15 Sep 2009 description

Executive Board concludes two-day meeting in Rome

Rome, 15 September - Poor farmers seeking to better their lives against the backdrop of climate change received a boost this week.

15 Sep 2008 description

Press release No.: IFAD/42/08

IFAD's Executive Board concludes meeting in Rome

Rome, 15 September 2008 - IFAD's Executive Board approved more than US$177.41 million in loans and US$60.235 million in grants for twelve programmes and projects that will improve the lives of the rural poor in developing countries.

The 94th session of the Board, which met in Rome from 10-11 September, approved an additional US$5.01 million in grants to support agricultural research and development activities.

Western and Central Africa: US$28.39 million in loans and US$9.07 million in …

26 Apr 2008 description

The prices of basic food commodities have increased rapidly over the past three years. In only the first quarter of 2008, wheat and maize prices increased by 130 percent and 30 percent respectively over 2007 figures. Rice prices, while rising moderately in 2006 and more so in 2007, rose 10 percent in February 2008 and a further 10 percent in March 2008. The threat to food security in developing countries increases in stride. Coordinated action by the international community, and by the United Nations in particular, is essential.