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Impact evaluation of microfinance
  Yesterday I went to a seminar at the London International Development Centre (part of the University of London) entitled “Microfinance – a Comprehensive Evaluation” at which David Roodman, of the Centre for Global Development in Washington DC  described the work embodied in his recently published book “Due Diligence”.  He concluded that the impacts of microcredit in terms of...
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Remembering Nang Flor, One Who Died for Farmers Rights
Now that this year's 4th global Farmer Forum activities have come to a close and delegates begin to travel back home, I would like to remember one delegate from the Philippines, Florita “Nang Flor” Caya (58), General Manager of the Unified Tribal Council of Elders and Leaders (UTCEL) and Vice-President of a national rural peasant women organization (LAKAMBINI-PAKISAMA Confederation) who...
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“When you have common objectives, you can shake hands” ... from the Farmers Forum
It was great to be in the room yesterday afternoon, when representatives of farmers’ organizations from Asia and the Pacific held their regional working group session with IFAD colleagues as part of the fourth global Farmers’ Forum.   During the three-hour session, participants had the opportunity to: Assess results of the Mid-Term Cooperation Programme (MTCP) with...
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Lessons learned on a photo-report initiative for poor farmers
The use of digital photography recently helped poor farmers in rural Cambodia to feel more confident about expressing themselves to donors and programme managers (see COSOP CAMBODIA 2011). Lessons learned as facilitator: The poorest often can not read or write. This is the thinking that spurred the idea of providing digital cameras to poor farmers. This way their situation could be...
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Case Study 2: Ty Saoly in Prey Veng Province
Ty Saoly is an elderly woman struggling to make ends meet. She has endured a lot in her lifetime but this has given her a strong sense of working in the community. She only has a little plot of land behind her house and rents a rice field during the rice season, together with her friends from the IFAD farmer group. She works and lives alone – her husband is in the army in the north of the...
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