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African Leaders Meet to Plan Actions for Sustainable Growth [viewed]

26 March 2012: The Fifth Joint Meeting of the African Union (AU) Conference of Ministers of Economy and Finance and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development met to address a broad range of issues related to development under the theme "Unleashing Africa's Potential as a Pole of Global Growth."

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Saudi Fund for Development Supports IFAD's Rural Development Projects [viewed]

24 February 2012: Responding to the food and nutrition crises in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, and continued impacts of climate change, the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) and the Arab Bank for Economic Development of Africa (BADEA) met with the International Fund For Agricultural Development (IFAD) to enhance collaboration on rural development in fragile States.

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IFAD Supports Investments in Improved Seed Varieties in Sudan [viewed]

24 February 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Sudan have signed a grant agreement for $10.7 million to improve food security and smallholder production through investment in improved seed varieties.

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IFAD Governing Council Calls for Support for Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

23 February 2012: The 35th session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) focused on the contribution of sustainable smallholder agriculture to meeting global food needs while protecting the environment.

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Gates Foundation Announces Grants to Support Crop Diversity and Climate Adaptation [viewed]

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (logo courtesy of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)23 February 2012: At the 35th session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced seven new grants to agriculture totaling $200 million, including the $21 million Tropical Legumes II project and the $33 million Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa project.

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Fourth Farmers' Forum Stresses Need to Address Food Insecurity and Climate [viewed]

Farmers' Forum21 February 2012: At the Fourth Meeting of the Farmers' Forum, representatives of smallholders, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers focused on the links between poverty reduction and food insecurity and improving sustainable agricultural development.

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Event: Fourth Global Farmers' Forum [viewed]

The Farmers' Forum is a bottom-up process of consultation and dialogue between small farmer, rural producers' organizations, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and governments focusing on rural development and poverty reduction. The Forum meets every two years in conjunction with the Governing Council of IFAD. This year's Forum has a particular focus on young farmers and representatives of rural youth movements. This year's themes include sustainable agriculture, sustainable fisheries, institutional development and financial sustainability of farmers' organizations, and engagement with the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).  

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ICIMOD Report on Himalayan Climate Variability Examines Farmers' Responses to Change [viewed]

16 February 2012: The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has released a study that investigates the impacts of climate change on mountain peoples' livelihoods, and aims to improve understanding of their vulnerability and adaptation to climate change.

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IFAD Supports Food Security and Rural Development in Niger [viewed]

19 January 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has signed a loan with the Government of Niger to assist in improving food security and rural development in the Maradi Region of the country.

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Event: 107th Session of the IFAD Executive Board [viewed]

The IFAD Executive Board is the Fund's second main Governing Body, consisting of 18 elected Members and 18 Alternate Members. The Executive Board has full authority to decide on the programme of work, approval of projects, programmes and grants and to adopt/recommend action, pending the final approval of the Governing Council, on matters related to policy, the annual administrative budget, applications for membership and staffing within the Fund.  

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