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Today, World Water Week 2012 edition comes to a close. This year's event focused on food security. 

For the last 20 years, the development world has adopted an integrated water management approach yet we still are managing our land and water resources in a fragmented manner. For the last many decades, we've been talking about the need to put in place innovative and sound good water governance so that as development workers we can ensure  cost-effective investment in institutions, information and infrastructure.

Earlier this week, in a panel discussion, Ms Virgina Hooper (University of East Anglia), Dr Aziza Akhmouch (OECD), Dr Uma Lele (Global Water Partnership), Mr Alexander Muller, (FAO), Dr Liese Dalbauman, PepsiCo and Dr Zhanyi Gao (International Commission on Irrigation Drainage)  engaged in a conversation exploring the key features of good governance for water and food security and tools needed to enable good decisions for water4foodsecurity investments.

While we are waiting for the official summary of the rich discussion, here are some of my personal take home messages and soundbites: 

  • To our biggest chagrin, the documents that we, as development workers, spend considerable amount of time to compile and write lack clarity and contain little or no useful information in terms of  empirical evidence. Experts and researchers struggle to find concrete results of how rural development investments have had an impact on poverty.
    This was a great wake up call. Hopefully next time, when we put pen to paper, we will make a concerted effort to:
    • write for the reader as opposed for ourselves
    • write clearly and provide empirical evidence of how the intervention has both worked and not worked, thus assisting both development workers and policy makers to scale-up and make informed decisions
  • Considering that the readily available documentation does not provide the required empirical evidence, to avoid giving an eschewed picture, researchers need to go to the source and conduct first-hand research at community level. We need more facts and figures grounded in reality!
  • Food security is a global challenge. It affects both developed and developing countries 
  • We need to extend the voluntary guideline for land governance to also cover water related issues. It was reassuring to hear that international organizations will be assisting and supporting countries to implement the voluntary guidelines
  • PepsiCo's magic formula is its passionate staff! I guess PepsiCo staffers do not spend their days writing reports, rather put their passion to work to deliver better products and services
To wrap up this blogpost, as mentioned by the panelists, we should not be asking whether we have enough, rather, whether we have too much and should focus our emphasis on sharing benefits. At the same time, we need to learn both from what has and has not worked. 

I did not hear anyone share "a failure" story. Perhaps that was the biggest failure of the 2012 edition of World Water Week. It would be great if the organizers were to revisit their business model for 2013 edition, and celebrate colleagues who come forward and share stories of failed investments.

Until then, let's hope that together we manage to put in place and implement better governance structures to achieve food security for all.

And we would love to know what is your magic formula to ensure water and food security for all? 

Investment Options at Scale: New Directions in Water for Food #wwweek

Posted by Beate Stalsett Wednesday, August 29, 2012 1 comments

Written by Charles Dhewa 

Realizing the importance of improving rural people’s lives through innovations, IFAD has over the years invested in the generation of practical knowledge through grants. Institutions and people that have received grants through IFAD Water & Rural Infrastructure shared their activities at the Stockholm World Water Week on 28 August, 2012.

In a session entitled ‘Investment Options at Scale: New Directions in Water for Food’, key highlights included the necessity for business thinking and market driven mechanisms in development projects. According to Miriam Otoo, from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), an IFAD grant recipient, this requires the development and promotion of innovative business models that represent sources of revenue generation and benefits for all relevant actors. In the natural resources sector where the majority of IFAD target groups make a living, existing business models include: Payment-for-Environmental Services (PES); Benefit-Sharing Mechanism (BSM); Franchising model; and, Cost-reduction model.

An example of a PES business model discussed in the session is the Green Water Credit which has been piloted in Kenya and now expanding to other countries such as Algeria and China. Based on the fact that water always flows downstream, this model is about farmers upstream being paid for good soil and water conservation (SWC) by water users located downstream who benefit from good practices upstream. Soil and water conservation is a matter of survival in most developing countries where the majority are smallholder farmers. Participants concurred that although many private investors are not attracted to natural resources management, it is a fundamental part of sustainable development.

The participants also listened to an engaging story from Ethiopia where communities have re-greened Tigray, a massive watershed which had been hopelessly degraded a few years back. It is now a rejuvenated landscape for 4.4 million people who depend on smallholder agriculture. Investors are also trickling back to support people’s livelihoods.

IFAD support for the role of technology in rural development was also revealed through a project in Smart ICTs which is being explored in Egypt, Mali and Sudan. This intervention is riding on the proliferation of mobile phones in developing countries where there are now more mobile phones than bank accounts. The business model around Smart ICTs recognizes the critical role of intermediaries who add value to information required by smallholder farmers so that they make informed decisions and reduce risk.

According to participants in the session:

  • It can take a generation to scale up innovative ideas hence the need for patient finance; 
  • A business model should have a vision that includes other partners; 
  • A fundamental issue is getting impact investors onboard from the beginning, not luring them later; 
  • Many business models are based on public investments. Private money usually shows up after a while. 

Summing up the session, Ms Audrey Nepveu, Technical Advisor for IFAD PTA Water & Rural Infrastructure, said IFAD is supporting business models to change rural people’s lives through market approaches that address critical needs. However, most of these models have to be validated in various contexts. She added that, recognizing the need to go beyond IFAD, her organization is building a Community of Practice as a space where people with the same interests can share and trigger more incentives for innovative poverty reduction approaches.

Agriculture Water Management for Africa (AgWA) #wwweek

Posted by Beate Stalsett Tuesday, August 28, 2012 0 comments

By Charles Dhewa

As Agriculture Water Management (AWM) becomes a hot issue in Africa, AgWA has been set up to promote the AWM agenda for Africa. The International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) is one of the organisations that has provided a grant to strengthen AgWA.

Activities around AgWA were presented to participants during the first day of the Stockholm World Water 2012 in Sweden.  The main business lines for AgWA include:

  • Advocacy and communication;
  • Harmonization of strategies;
  • Resource mobilization;
  • Knowledge generation and sharing; and, 
  • Capacity development.

A partnership road map has been crafted involving governments, donors and the private sector. AgWA is set to work as an ‘expert pool’ to support the planning and implementation of AWM investments within the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programmes (CAADP).  A key thrust is Private Public Partnerships (PPP).  Under an initiative dubbed Irrigate Africa, a critical private sector partner in Africa is Illovo Sugar Group, a company growing sugar in 6 African countries, working together with governments and smallholder farmers.  Although agriculture is considered the engine for economic growth, one of the challenges noted in Africa is fragmentation of models and responsibilities.  Many actors are addressing the same issue without talking to each other. Institutional capacity issues should not be over looked.

Commenting on the AgWA session Rudolph Cleveringa, IFAD’s Water & Rural Infrastructure Senior Technical Advisor, said commitments at continental and national levels should mirror activities and behaviour change at smallholder farmer level where practical action happens. AgWA should also consider the fact that African agriculture is not attracting the brightest minds.  An elderly  population also dominates African agriculture. All these factors should be taken into account.

Another critical issue is the fragmentation of donor efforts.  It is difficult for governments to know the priorities of diverse donors. Donors should come together and revitalize their earlier commitments.  There is need to convince cheque writing institutions.  IFAD has committed to invest $2 billion in AWM toward lifting 80 million people out of poverty in the next three years.

By Charles Dhewa

IFAD’s work on Scaling Up Micro Irrigation Systems (SCAMPIS) attracted a full house during the first day of Stockholm World Water Week (26 August 2012). In a session entitled “Micro-Irrigation for Food Security: The Untold Stories of Forgotten Stakeholders”, participants listened to fascinating stories from Guatemala, Madagascar and India where 30 000 people have been moved out of poverty through the SCAMPIS project. The project has shown the benefits of combining investment in Agriculture Water Management with innovation involving the private sector.

The session generated thoughtful and useful comments from the participants.  Some of the emerging issues and questions include:

  • Return on investment in Micro Irrigation Systems;
  • The need for scaling up Micro Irrigation Systems to consider the depletion of blue water (water in rivers, dams, streams and other reservoirs) which is used by irrigation;
  • Need to look at self adoption by people outside the projects who learn by observing and implementing the technology in their own contexts;
  • Men should also work in the field rather than leaving the bulk of the work to women and children;
  • It is important to explore and expand markets for crops because this determines investment. Scaling up depends on market demand;
  • While micro credit should be considered, it is not suitable for the majority of smallholders due to high interest rates, among other factors such as expectation for obtaining subsidies;
  • While most technologies tend to exclude the poorest of the poor, Micro Irrigation Systems are suitable for these vulnerable groups; and, it is also important to explore alternative energy systems for pumping water.

The main conclusion was that the main focus is not to scale up technology but to reduce poverty and improve the lives of rural poor people.

Why cartoons are better than my Inglish?

Posted by Ariel Halpern Monday, August 27, 2012 0 comments

Why cartoons are better than my Inglish?

Dear colleagues, as IFAD is using lots of visual tools for getting the message across cultural borders we would like to share our small experience with the Learning Routes Cartoon. For PROCASUR cartoons, animation, comics, videos and photos are making easier to disseminate our proposal and most important to open fruitful conversations. Difficult topics as south-south cooperation, Learning Routes or social innovation are easier to comprehend through visual tools, especially if they reflect concrete situations the group feels empathy with.
This cartoon was built one year ago and is doing its job when talking to farmers, indigenous people, project directors, ministers, donors and professionals in Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Even at IFAD HQ, Rome!


When this Cartoon was created we were stuck in trying to communicate to diverse audiences how a Learning Route looks like, what its main principles, dynamics and partners are. It took us three months to build the Cartoon and as it´s programmed in flash we can easily change all the texts – that´s just about 25 words in total - to different languages. In this way, the cartoon is available now in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French and at very low cost can be adapted to any other language. One very important critic we have received so far is that even it reflects the cooperation among practitioners from the South, all the participants are men. Definitely we must correct that. Also to make it less than one minute long and add some music. Cartoon 2.0 will be out soon.

At the moment we are working in animations and comics that tell the story of our hosts and routes learners. This time we choose animation/cartoon over comic as we found easier for the grass-root organizations to understand a moving narration than to organize ideas frame by frame as the comic does. Also because the animation allows the facilitator of PROCASUR activities to talk over it as it´s displayed, helping us to reach the concrete group we are working with at that time. 

We are very kind to participate in these conversations and exchange with others trying the visual way to make ideas travel faster. Many thanks and sorry for my writing, cartoons are better than my Inglish.

Ariel Halpern
Learning Routes Programme for the Asia and the Pacific
PROCASUR Corporation

Atelier de Capitalisation et de Clôture du PFA
5 et 6 septembre 2012 - Abuja

Après plus d'un an et demi de mise en œuvre, le Programme Régional de Facilité Alimentaire de l'Union Européenne (PFA) clôture officiellement le 31 août 2012.

Même si les activités sont fermées, le processus d'apprentissage et de capitalisation fait partie d'un processus continu. En effet, pour assurer cette continuité les importants résultats du programme feront encore l'objet d'un atelier de capitation et de partage. L'atelier aura lieu les 5 et 6 septembre 2012 à l'Hôtel Immaculate Suites de Abuja (Wuse II).

L'objectif de l'atelier est de partager et diffuser les résultats du PFA avec un public plus large dont les représentants des gouvernements ayant bénéficié du programme (Bénin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Sénégal), les partenaires techniques ainsi que l'UE et les agences ONU.

Avec des approches novatrices à la communication, l'objectif est de partager et d'échanger sur les thèmes suivants:

- stratégies de mise en œuvre
- méthodes et outils d'exécution pour les programmes
- produits de capitalisation
- promotion des meilleures pratiques
- processus continu de la capitalisation et du partage de l'information
- formalisation des leçons apprises
- formalisation des recommandations pour la conception de nouveaux programmes de développement

Les Termes de Référence relatifs à l'atelier sont disponibles sur FIDAFRIQUE www.fidafrique.net  ainsi que les autres documents relatifs à l'atelier.

Des mises à jour régulières sur le déroulement de l'atelier seront postées sur ce site.

Capitalisation and Closing Workshop of the Programme

5 and 6 September 2012 - Abuja

After about a year and a half of implementation, the EU Food Facility Regional Programme implemented by IFAD, ECOWAS and ICRISAT in West Africa will close officially on 31 August 2012.

The learning and sharing however are still an ongoing process. In order to ensure this process lives along with the all of the dispositions put into place by the EU FF, ECOWAS and IFAD with the assistance of UNOPS is organising yet another capitalisation workshop in Abuja. The Workshop will take place at the Immaculate Suites (Wuse II) Abuja on 5 and 6 September 2012.

The objective of the workshop is to share and diffuse the results of the EU Food Facility Regional Programme in West Africa with a larger audience coming from representatives of the governments where the programme was implemented (Bénin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Sénégal) and technical partners from the region as well as the EU and UN Agencies.

Through innovative approaches we will share the following information during the workshop:

- positive strategies
- methods and tools used for implementation of the programme
- share capitalisation products
- share and promote best practises
- ensure continuous capitalisation process
- formalise lessons learned
- formalise recommendations for new development projects

The workshop TORS as well as background documentation for the workshop can be found on the FIDAFRIQUE page.

Regular updates on the workshop will also be posted.

This morning when I pulled out the 2012 World Water Week Programme, focusing on water and food security, I remembered my own state of mind last year this time and how I spent a good part of my summer "holidays" co-organizing the Second Global Knowledge Share Fair - better known as #sfrome.

I commend the World Water Week organizers for putting together such an impressive programme. Browsing through it, I thought of the weeks and days they must have spent in putting it together. I can imagine all the follow-up phones calls and emails with the various session holders, drafting and proof-reading the programme, the logistics, putting together a motivated team to pull off a first-class event!

This year, I will not spend a good part of my "holidays" organizing a massive event, rather, I am looking forward to spending part of my holidays facilitating a couple of sessions at the forthcoming World Water Week in Stockholm.

Congratulations to the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and all the key collaborating partners for putting together what promises to be an engaging and interesting week and for focusing on Water and Food Security.

The readers of this blog know that agriculture is a thirsty business.  I am sure it does not come as a surprise that to meet the demand of world's 9 billion people in 2050, the world needs 10% increase in water for agricultural use. So the challenge facing us is how can we overcome this challenge and ensure a food security future for all.

Per Bertilsson, the acting Executive Director of SIWI, in his welcome note to the participants says "feeding everyone in the future with limited water resources means that we have to become better at growing more ' crops per drop'  as well as revisit our thinking regarding how we produce, consume and trade food all along the food chain."

We, at IFAD, cannot agree more with this statement. This year, we are lucky enough to be in the good company of the many people who we work with and serve. Together, we'll be able to share our experiences in this field at the following events:

26 August 2012, 09.00 – 12.30Micro-irrigation for food security: the untold stories of forgotten stakeholders
26 August 2012, 2:00 – 5.30Communities of practice, financial and institutional tools for sustainable water management in Africa.
28 August 2012, 09.00 – 5.30Workshop: Governance for water and food security
28 August 2012, 09.00 – 12.30Investment options at scale, new directions in water for food
28 August 2012, 5.45 – 6.45Water for food security: what role for water law?
30 August 2012, 2.00 – 5.30Bridging the knowledge gap: New era of water challenges and new generation of water professionals
30 August 2012, 9.00 - 3.30Workshop: Securing Water and Food in an Urbanising World

We look forward to your active participation and to hear your views and ideas on how together we can overcome this massive challenge.

Join the conversation both in person and virtually and share you ideas on  how to systematically and successfully scale up projects, thus ensuring food security for all on our social media channels: Twitter (#ifadwater), Facebook, Pinterest and G+.

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Le FIDA dans le Nord Mali : Contribuer à la Durabilité durant la Crise

Posted by Adriane Del Torto Tuesday, August 14, 2012 0 comments

Depuis les événements du mois de mars 2012, la situation dans le nord Mali continue a se détériorer. Depuis que les rebelles du Nord ont pris le contrôle des principales villes, la région est coupée des liens avec le reste du pays. Des milliers de personnes ont dû fuir pour trouver refuge dans le sud du Mali ou dans les pays voisins. Les denrées alimentaires sont rares, les terres abandonnées et on prévoit une crise acridienne dans la zone mettant encore plus à risque les récoltes.

Le FIDA est une des seules agences de développement qui s’est dédiée constamment à la coopération dans le Nord du Mali, et ce depuis les années 1990. Depuis lors, le FIDA a financé une série de projets pour l’appui aux communautés locales dont la minorité Touareg.

Cette tâche s’avère de plus en plus difficile. Les projets financés par le FIDA dans le sud du pays continuent leur activités de manière ordinaire, toutefois, ce n’est pas le cas pour les projets dans le Nord. Le personnel des projets du Nord – le PIDRN (Programme d’Investissements et de Développement dans les Régions Nord) et le PIDRK (Programme Intégré de Développement de la Région de Kidal) a été relocalisé à Bamako. Depuis leur arrivée à Bamako, ils travaillent de manière assidue sur une stratégie d’intervention pour assurer la continuité de certaines activtés des projets dans le Nord malgré la situation présente. Le FIDA, n’étant guère une agence humanitaire, travaille avec les équipes du Nord, et les autres partenaires dans le pays afin d’assurer la durabilité des structures mises en place par les programmes durant les 20 dernières années, comme les dispensaires, et les périmètres irrigués.

Il a été convenu avec les partenaires et le Gouvernement du Mali que le FIDA apporterait de l’appui en termes d’intrants agricoles (semences, engrais, essence pour les pompes d’irrigation, petits outils) pour permettre aux paysans dans la région d’exploiter la campagne agricole dans les périmètres irrigués réalisés par un financement FIDA le long du fleuve Niger. Cela assurera non seulement une récolte de riz mais aussi la durabilité de l’infrastructure.

Le programme de distribution sera géré par l’ONG AVSF (Agronomes et Vétérinaires sans Frontières) en étroite collaboration avec le Ministère de l’Agriculture. Le transport des intrants sera assuré par des embarcations locales nommées ‘ pinasses’ (voir image). Ce type de transport a été choisi par d’autre partenaires pour assurer une livraison rapide d’intrants ainsi que de biens et services à environ 1400 paysans et leurs familles, ainsi apportant de l’assistance à environ 7000 personnes dans le nord du Mali.

Un appui important sera fourni aux dispensaires (CSCOM) mis en place par le FIDA et le Fonds Belge pour la Sécurité Alimentaire. Les interventions dans les dispensaires effectués en collaboration avec l’OMS (Organisation Mondiale pour la Santé) assureront que les dispensaires du Nord soient équipées avec les fournitures médicales et les médicaments nécessaires pour faire face aux difficultés présentes. De plus, un certain nombre de kits pour la santé infantile seront distribués pour combattre la malnutrition des enfants. Des associations locales ont pris le relais pour assurer la continuité des services dans ces centres de santé. Nous espérons ainsi venir en appui à plus de 20 000 femmes et enfants dans les régions de Tombouctou et Gao et 15 000 dans la région de Kidal.

En coopération avec les agences partenaires, le FIDA reste aux côtés des Maliens durant cette période difficile avec un appui continu aux populations locales. De plus, le FIDA travaille aux côtés des paysans pour continuer dans le dialogue politique qui assume un rôle croissant non seulement au Mali mais dans toute la région du Sahel.

by Philippe Remy

The situation in northern Mali has deteriorated to the point of tragedy in recent months. Shortly after the coup in Bamako in March, the Tuareg and AQMI rebels took control of the main cities in the north, leaving northern Mali cut off from the rest of the country. Thousands of people were forced to leave their homes to seek safety in the south or in neighbouring countries. To make matters worse for those left behind, a recent locust attack has endangered crops and forage, increasing the already high level of food insecurity.

IFAD is one of the few development organizations to have worked consistently in the north of Mali since the 1990s. Over the years, IFAD-funded projects have supported the local communities, including the Tuareg minorities, through sound development programmes.

But today this task is more difficult.  While IFAD supported projects in the south are still operating normally, the staff for the two projects in the north -- the Northern Regions Investment and Rural Development Programme in Gao and Timbuktu, and the Kidal Integrated Development Programme in Kidal – have had to withdraw to Bamako, where they are now trying to address how to support IFAD-funded operations in the north. IFAD is not a humanitarian agency and the Mali country portfolio management team has been exploring ways to promote the sustainability of  IFAD-funded infrastructures, such as health centres and irrigated perimeters, so that they continue to  benefit women and men the projects have worked with over the last two decades.  

As a result, in recent weeks, project staff with our support have worked closely with government representatives and financial and technical partners to come up with a plan that will boost agricultural productivity for poor farmers in the region and contribute to better healthcare , knowing that there are reliable partners already working in the  Northern regions who can implement our programmes.

The plans include providing agricultural inputs -- such as fertilisers, seeds, fuel for pumps and tools --  to 19 irrigation perimeters realized by IFAD-funded projects, along the Niger River to secure a good rice harvest and above all the sustainability of the irrigation perimeters.  This will be managed by the NGO Agronomes et Vétérinaires sans Frontières (AVSF), in close coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture, using small boats known as pinasses to deliver inputs to farmers.

The pinasses, which are also being used by other bilateral and multilateral development agencies, ensure direct and prompt delivery of goods and services to around 1,400 farmers and their families for a total of approximately 7,000 beneficiaries.

Support will also be provided to ensure that existing health centres, constructed or rehabilitated by the two projects  with contributions from the Belgian Fund for Food Security, are adequately stocked with essential medicines and medical supplies, as well as nutrition packages for children. This is done in cooperation with the World Health Organisation (WHO) which is working with a team of volunteer medical staff, and in close coordination with the Government.  Working with local associations that are running the existing health centres, we hope to reach approximately 20,000 children, women and men in Timbuktu and Gao and a further 15,000 in the Kidal region.

Together with other development partners, we are committed to continue serving, the people of Maliin these difficult times, especially to help them maintain their infrastructure that will be so useful when the conflict ends. IFAD’s commitment to the local communities in Mali, its experience over the decades of working in the north are  now allowing the Fund to participate actively in this collective effort, and in a policy dialogue which is important for the future not only of Mali but of the whole Sahel region.

IFAD’s global engagement with small-scale fisheries on the rise

Posted by Tomás Donnelly Monday, August 6, 2012 0 comments

Plenary session at 30th session of the Committee on
Fisheries, held 9-13 July at FAO, updated participants on new
guidelines for small-scale fisheries. © IFAD/Tomás Donnelly
This autumn, IFAD’s engagement with small-scale fisheries will increase through a series of national consultations involving fishers around the world. Recommendations from the fishers and other relevant stakeholders will feed into the development of the FAO-administered International Guidelines for Securing Small-Scale Fisheries (SSF-GL).

The countries selected for the consultations are familiar to IFAD, as there are on-going fisheries projects in all of them. Besides contributing to SSF-GL, we hope the recommendations will benefit existing IFAD projects and provide input into the design of future projects benefiting small-scale fishers. The recommendations are also valuable inputs to the respective ministries that work with small-scale fisheries in different countries.

IFAD’s consultation activities have been generously supported by supplementary funds from the Finnish Government. They arise from deliberations at the Farmers’ Forum earlier this year. At that time, IFAD agreed to back the development and implementation of SSF-GL, and to hold another session on small-scale fisheries at the next Farmers’ Forum.

Consultations in Mozambique

The first country in which the IFAD consultations will take place is Mozambique. Our local partner there, the National Institute for the Development of Small-Scale Fisheries, is now distributing invitations and discussion material to small-scale fisher cooperatives and others working in the value chain as part of the IFAD supported Artisanal Fisheries Promotion Project, or ProPESCA.

National representatives at 30th session of the
Committee on Fisheries highlight IFAD’s role in
 developing new guidelines for fisheries. © FAO 
The process will be divided into two parts. The first meeting will take place from 6-7 September in the centrally located city of Beira, with all participants invited to discuss SSF-GL, raise issues and make recommendations. Then on 13 September, selected participants will meet with representatives of the Ministry of Fisheries to present the recommendations, discuss their feasibility and suggest appropriate actions. When a final document is agreed upon, it will be sent to FAO as Mozambique’s contribution to the development of SSF-GL.

Although this will be IFAD’s first time organising such consultations, we are well prepared. We will be recruiting a resource person from the South African fish worker organisation Masifundise to help organise and run the meetings. Masifundise is a member of the international consortium of civil society organisations that has been organising SSF-GL national consultations worldwide in the past year.

Why small-scale fishers?

Even though over half of the world’s fishers can be considered small-scale, in many countries they have not been recognised for their role in ensuring food security and protecting marine and inland water ecosystems. As a result, they have largely been unable to participate in decision-making on issues involving their livelihood.

IFAD supports the SSF-GL consultation process and the development of the guidelines because the profile of the small-scale fisher fits in with IFAD’s objective of enabling poor rural people to overcome poverty. Normally located in rural and impoverished areas, these fishers are often the poorest people in their communities – exactly the type of population that IFAD aims to support.

Power of partnerships: travelling across Ruralfin comics

Posted by Roxanna Samii Thursday, August 2, 2012 5 comments

Our colleague Federica Cerulli, recently went on a mission to Burkina Faso, Ghana and Mauritania. Instead of doing a traditional back-to-office report or for that matter a blog, she decided to share her experience using comics!

Kudos to Federica for this innovative way of sharing her learning and experience!

By Federica Cerulli

IFAD operations in: