Some enterprises in rural areas are too big to access microfinance and too small to receive loans from commercial banks. <br/>Photo: ©IFAD/GMB Akash


There is a huge financing gap in rural areas, according to IFAD. The Smallholder Agriculture Finance and Investment Network (SAFIN) now aims to help bridge that financing gap in order to support smallholder farming and rural...more



Tourism is an important economic sector in many emerging and developing countries. Sustainable tourism can contribute to reducing poverty and protecting the environment. Moreover, it can fos-ter mutual understanding, leading to...more



Free trade and the European Union’s Economic Partnership Agreements were criticised at the 5th Ecumenical Strategy Congress of the Churches in Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. The participants addressed the issue of whether...more



Smallholders play a vital role in ensuring food supply world-wide, but need support to cope with growing water shortage problems. What the agriculture and food industry on the one hand and politics on the other can do to support...more



Ever fewer corporations are gaining a constantly increasing share of global food production. This could jeopardise the Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015, non-governmental organisations warn and call for stricter...more

The G20 ministers of agriculture in Berlin

At their meeting in Berlin/Germany in late January 2017, the G20 agriculture ministers agreed on an action plan on the sustainable use of water resources. Germany’s Federal Minister of Agriculture Christian Schmidt stressed how...more



What part can agriculture play world-wide in the sustainable stewardship of water and in maintaining water quality? How can it be ensured that, despite increasing water scarcity, agriculture can provide the global population with...more

NDC Explorer Website
Climate change


A new online tool has been developed for international climate policy. The NDC Explorer can be used to compare efforts to combat climate change across the world. more

Cleaning the main Al Jazeera irrigation canal to resupply water for agricultural production.<br/>Photo: ©FAO/Cengiz Yar


A new FAO project, funded by UNDP, brings jobs and food to vulnerable Iraqis. Key irrigation channels near Mosul are getting restored to enable farmers to grow crops and vegetables.more

Yohan Hontong, fisherman on Lembeh Island, North Sulawesi, Indonesia: Many livelihoods depend on fisheries.<br/> Photo: ©IFAD/Susan Beccio
Climate change


As global warming proceeds, the catches of fishers in the Pacific are falling drastically. Even if the Paris Agreement is complied with and average global warming does not exceed 2°C, fish catches will decline – although much...more

Two girls herding goats, Somalia. Livestock farmers are suffering from increasing prices of staple foods and low market prices for livestock, because of a flood of weakened sheep, goats and cows onto local markets.<br/>Photo: ©FAO/Simon Maina
Food security


With continued drought, the Horn of Africa braces for another hunger season, FAO warned at the end of 2016. Nearly 12 million people across Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are in need of food assistance. Agricultural support is...more



The European Development Conference 2016 invited around 200 participants to Bonn, Germany, in December to discuss the impact of migration on development.more



World Malaria Report 2016 finds that malaria control has improved for the most vulnerable in Africa, but inadequate funding and fragile health systems stand in the way of reaching global eradication targets.more

Food security


Population in sub-Saharan Africa will increase 2.5 times overall by 2050. To meet the growing food demand without planting on previously unsown lands, farmers in sub-Saharan Africa will need to close yield gaps and consider...more



A new scheme to promote cocoa production in Colombia is to boost prospects for smallholders caught up in the aftermath of years of armed conflict and flawed attempts to root out coca-growing. more

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