Every community, no matter how neglected or remote, has one tremendous resource: its people. This is according the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). IFAD is an international financial institution and specialized United Nations agency based in Rome, the UN’s food and agriculture hub.

Three quarters of the poorest people in the world live in the rural areas of developing countries. Most of them depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. Climate change, a growing global population, and volatile food and energy prices have the potential to push millions more vulnerable people into extreme poverty and hunger by 2030.  IFAD invests in rural people, empowering them to increase their food security, improve the nutrition of their families and increase their incomes. IFAD helps them build resilience, expand their businesses and take charge of their own development.

Smallholder farmers and other rural people bear the brunt of climate change. Rising sea levels and more intense droughts, storms and floods are putting pressure on the ecosystems farmers depend on. IFAD’s episode this month is all about the connections between small-scale farming and climate change as we approach the UN Climate Summit, or COP26, to be held in Glasgow. Listen to the audio for the following speakers: First is Simon Wilson of the Green Climate Fund. Then, Dr Jo Puri, a climate scientist and Associate Vice-President for IFAD, shares her hopes for COP26. There is also the latest on a new report on crops and climate change from the University of Cape Town. And IFAD’s President Gilbert Houngbo and Raj Kumar of Devex discuss the findings in IFAD’s Rural Development Report.

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The UN has designated 2019 to 2028 as the Decade of Family Farming. The YenKasa Africa initiative has designed a radio campaign to celebrate family farmers. As part of this campaign, we developed radio spots celebrating family farmers, particularly women and youth. Learn more about the campaign here:

FF-SPAK, a YenKasa Africa partner in Kenya, translated these spots into Swahili for use by partner radio stations.

To read the text of the radio spots in English or French, go to:

This resource was supported by YenKasa Africa, with funding from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. YenKasa Africa is a platform to enhance knowledge and experience sharing to support agriculture and rural development in sub-Saharan Africa.

Farm Radio International is a communication partner for the UN Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 in Africa.

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