Targeting the Ultra-Poor (TUP) project was first piloted in Bamyan province supporting 400 female headed households struggling with abject poverty. the project was then replicated to Badakhshan province doubling the number of beneficiaries. Both the pilots were funded by IFAD. successful implementation of the pilot TUP projects attracted donors attention and led to scale up of the project in six other provinces covering 7500 ultra-poor households funded by World Bank and one province targeting 1725 households funded by Italians Development Cooperation Office.
More than 360 participants from IFAD, FAO, DAR, DA, DSWD and their Philippine network partners composed of the national government and line agencies, local government units, congress, financial and donor agencies, private/business sector, academe, media, CSO and PO delegates attended the “IYFF Knowledge and Learning Market-Policy Engagement” from 24-25 November 2014 held at 2nd Floor DA-BSWM Convention Center in Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines.
On it's 8the year, Knowledge and Learning Market was held as pre-activity to the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) Global Closing held in Manila, Philippines on 27 November 2014.
How IFAD is bringing empowerment through microfinance in rural Iran
Neglected and Underutilized species (NUS) are crop species that require much less input from farmers. NUS crops compared to mainstream crops make it easier for farmers, especially in dry land areas in Africa. Gus Le Breton explains that "Historically there hasn't been much of a market for them and the challenge for us is to try to turn these into marketable products, where farmers can grow them and know that in the process of doing so, they can actually earn a living as well as maintain a good nutrition and health."
Encouraging innovation and project financing through "competition"
Improving Market Participation of the Poor in Tra Vinh project (IMPP-TV) is supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a UN's rural poverty agency. The objective of the project is to contribute to improving a sustainable income for the poor in rural areas in Tra Vinh. Project activities are built around supporting the poor so that they could access and participate in different markets inside and outside the province. The project ended on December 31, 2012, and achieved most of the targeted objectives. There are many innovative activities and models which should be studied and replicated.
A very innovative and effective activities of IMPP project, is changing the fund of business development and market linkages from the form of "non-competitive" to "competitive". One of the ways the project helped rural farmers to become more competetive was through a learning mission to Peru, where they saw first hand how farmers in South America are using competitive models to build rural empowerment.
This video has been subtitled to Spanish, you can watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfyg-HmUuqg
by IMPP TV, IFAD and PROCASUR
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