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19 Sep 2017 description

Rome / New York, 19 September 2017 – African farmers from a remote village in northern Zambia have teamed up with the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to send a giant message to world leaders gathering in New York this week – invest more in agriculture if you want to end poverty and hunger by 2030.

06 Jul 2017 description

Rome, 6 July 2017 – Over 61,000 smallholder farmers will benefit from a financial agreement signed today between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Zambia to increase the incomes and food and nutrition security of rural households. The project will promote market-oriented agriculture and focus particularly on women and young people.

09 Dec 2011 description

Rome, 9 December 2011 –The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will provide a US$24.8 million loan to the Republic of Zambia to accelerate growth in smallholder agriculture and reduce rural poverty in the country.

The financing agreement for the Smallholder Productivity Promotion Programme was signed today by Samuel Mapala, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Zambia to United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome, and Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of IFAD.

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 …

20 Jan 2010 description

Press release No.: IFAD/01/2010

Rome, 20 January 2010 - A US$20 million loan to the Republic of Zambia from IFAD will directly benefit 30,000 small-scale farming households, many headed by women.

The loan agreement for the Smallholder Agribusiness Promotion Programme was signed today in Rome by Lucy Mungoma, Ambassador to Italy for the Republic of Zambia, and Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of IFAD.

The programme will focus on reducing rural poverty by stimulating rural economic development through the transformation of small-scale producers into profitable farmers.

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.

22 May 2009 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

LAND GRAB OR DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY?

Over the past 12 months, large-scale acquisitions of farmland in Africa, Latin America, Central Asia and Southeast Asia have made headlines in a flurry of media reports across the world. Lands that only a short time ago seemed of little outside interest are now being sought by international investors to the tune of hundreds of thousands of hectares. And while a failed attempt to lease 1.3 million ha in Madagascar has attracted much media attention, deals reported in the international press constitute the tip of the iceberg.

13 Dec 2005 description

(extract from "IFAD Executive Board approves loans and grants of over US$216 million to combat rural poverty")

An IFAD loan of US$10.1 million will support the US$15 million Smallholder Livestock Investment Project. During the past 15 years many poor farmers who depend on animal power to plough their land have lost their cattle to infectious diseases. Without cattle, they have been forced to prepare their land using a hand hoe, a technique that does not allow them to grow enough food for their households.