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©IFAD/Susan Beccio

Around the world, tea is one of the world’s most consumed drinks. Pictured above are tea leaves collected in Nshili, Nyaruguru, one of the poorest districts in Rwanda. Here, tea plantations are owned collectively by over 2,500 smallholder farmers over hundreds of hectares of rolling hills.


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©IFAD/Barbara Gravelli

Anyone who stops by Berefet notices how local people cherish the community garden in this small village in the western Gambia. The five-hectare yard has become a land of opportunities for 250 women who grow vegetables. The community who once depended on limited and irregular production of rice and a few other crops now cultivate a nutritious diversity of crops — tomatoes, onions, peppers, cabbages and sweet potatoes.

This transformation has been made possible by a series of recent investments in Berefet. The community garden was established in 2012, but really started to grow in 2016 when IFAD sponsoredstructures and equipment, such as a borehole, pipe distribution network and solar power system, and capacity-building for local farmers. …


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Years ago, farmers in Thuoc Thuong village in Vietnam converted their rice fields to orange groves. They found that orange and grapefruit production was more suitable for the soil, altitude and weather patterns of the area. Because orange trees require less water than rice fields — in the dry season farmers only have to water the trees once a month, and not at all in the rainy season.


IFAD is one of Sri Lanka’s longest-standing development partners. In 1978, the Kirindi Oya Irrigation and Settlement Project was launched as IFAD’s first investment in the country. Today, IFAD continues to actively engage in Sri Lanka, with investments aimed at contributing to the achievement of the SDGs, specifically in the areas of food security, sustainable agricultural production and productivity, and improved income opportunities for rural households.

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©IFAD/G.M.B. Akash

Since the 26-year conflict that ended in 2009, Sri Lanka has made significant economic and social progress. Economic growth has been rapid, with 4.4 per vent GDP growth rate in 2016, and a dramatic drop in the poverty headcount, from 22.7 per cent in 2002 to 4.1 per cent in 2016. Today, however, more than 81 per cent of the population continues to live in rural areas; four fifths of the country’s poor people are dependent on the rural sector and almost half of the poor rural population consists of small-scale farmers. …


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Ideas are the lifeblood of innovation. To accelerate rural transformation while tackling rural poverty, food insecurity, nutrition, job creation and climate change, innovative ideas are needed. That is why IFAD in partnership with the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance (the Lab), launched a contest in 2018 to crowdsource ideas and unlock investments into sustainable agriculture in West and Central Africa. Investors and development partners have evaluated the candidates, and this month two winners emerged:

Bringing climate risk insurance to smallholder farmers
The first idea comes from Sprout Insure, a Germany-based start-up engaged in providing climate risk insurance to smallholder farmers. The proposal — Blockchain Climate Risk Crop Insurance — is an automated weather-indexed crop insurance infrastructure to help smallholders increase their resilience to the impacts of climate change, via transparent, affordable and efficient insurance tools. It will guarantee automatic pay-outs whenever an extreme weather event occurs through the use of smart contracts that are implemented on a blockchain — a system for recording transactions in digital currencies throughout a network of computers. …

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