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Supporting the growth of rural businesses ...
Small businesses in Pacific countries – and elsewhere – often have difficulty raising funds for new projects or to expand and develop their present activities.   Commercial banks often have strict collateral requirements that small businesses have difficulty meeting and may view small businesses as risky borrowers.   An innovative approach to overcoming these barriers to...
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Thinking about our experiences in RDP.....
The past ten days I have spent in the Solomon Islands with the RDP team on the 11th Joint Review Mission, led by Erik Johnson the Task Team Leader for the World Bank. Working on the mission led me to reflect on a few possible lessons learned for future work in projects like RDP, here and elsewhere. Here are some preliminary thoughts. I would be interested to know how others see the issues...
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Sweet Success Revitalizing Cocao Production in Sao Tome
Susan Beccio, Photo Editor in IFAD’s Communications Division, is in São Tome and Principe this week, documenting IFAD-supported activities in the island nation off the western equatorial coast of Central Africa. Here are some of her impressions, in words and pictures, written for the IFAD Social Reporting Blog. I thought that our partners and stakeholders in PNG and the Solomon Islands might...
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Agriculture, Gender, and the Rural-Urban continuum
Sourcing affordable, nutritious food for their family in urban areas is one of the multiplicity of agriculture-related challenges poor women face in the Pacific Island countries.  Growing their own food, and occasionally a little surplus for sale or barter, is a common practice for many urban women.  The Rural-Urban continuum is significant in many communities especially because of...
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Smart Financing in the Pacific
  Peter M. lives and works in Auki, the capital of Malaita Province, in the Solomon Islands.  He’s a beneficiary of the Rural Development Programme (RDP) a $30 million initiative co-financed by the World Bank, AusAid, European Union and IFAD, which has been supporting remote communities, rural populations and small businesses since 2009. Peter's core business is collecting copra from...
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