The Democratic Republic of Congo continues to face challenges of poverty, poor services and weak governance.
Development projects financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have contributed to better living conditions and less poverty in rural areas through substantial investments in natural resources management and socio-economic infrastructure, according to a new report presented today in the capital city of Tunis. The report, prepared by the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD (IOE), includes evaluations of six projects implemented between 2003 and 2018 for a total cost of US$248 million, of which $105 million was financed by IFAD.
Helping those in need is a priority in Chinese social work, particularly in remote rural areas. In Yingjiang County in southwest China's Yunnan Province, efforts are being made, to help people move from inhospitable places to better surroundings, while also protecting the environment. More than 1,000 locals from remote mountain areas are welcoming their new life closer to the town of Yingjiang this week. Among them are Cai Wu and his fellow villagers from Dagudi village, a remote mountainous area.
Since 2014–2015, as part of a wider strategy to promote rural development within the framework of poverty reduction, FAO started analyzing the linkages between social protection and sustainable use of natural resources, through country-specific case studies in Myanmar, Trinidad and Tobago, as well as Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Using small-scale fisheries as an illustrative case, this publication explores how social protection interventions can be used to reduce the vulnerability and strengthen the resilience of households and communities that depend principally on renewable natural resources to sustain their livelihoods and food security.
Increased rural-urban linkages present both challenges and opportunities for urban and rural areas alike. Achieving food security and nutrition across the rural-urban continuum involves a series of complex and interlinked factors touching on issues such as sustainable production models, promotion of markets that are beneficial to small-scale producers, decent employment and income generation, consumer access to diversified and nutritious products, secure access to natural resources, provision of appropriate services and infrastructure.