Poverty

Ifad chief visits Pakistan with commitment to rural poor

Ifad chief visits Pakistan with commitment to rural poor

By RJ Whitehead

The president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development is visiting Pakistan this week to renew the UN agency’s commitment to alleviate rural poverty and boost food security in the country.

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Ifad awards loan to help raise incomes of 1m poor Bangladeshi farmers

By RJ Whitehead

Bangladesh’s government has signed an agreement with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (Ifad) in a bid to increase the incomes more than 1m poor farming households in the country by increasing agricultural production and improving access...

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Dateline Southeast Asia

Sugar tax one step closer to implementation in Thailand

By RJ Whitehead

Soft drinks could cost up to 25% more in Thailand after the National Reform Steering Assembly’s health panel approved by 153 votes to two a proposal to increase taxes for non-alcoholic drinks with high content of sugar.

IFAD funds poverty-reduction measures in Afghanistan, Bhutan

IFAD funds poverty-reduction measures in Afghanistan, Bhutan

By RJ Whitehead

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will provide millions of dollars in funding to reduce rural poverty and increase the incomes of thousands of households and smallholder families in south Asia.

UN: Rising food insecurity crippling Afghanistan

South Asian radius

UN: Rising food insecurity crippling Afghanistan

By RJ Whitehead

The number of people in Afghanistan resorting to selling land or turning to friends or family for help because of food insecurity has doubled in the last year, according to a joint report released by United Nations and partner agencies. 

FAO: Poor countries must unite to secure food supply

FAO: Poor countries must unite to secure food supply

By RJ Whitehead

The head of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation has urged the world’s poorest countries to work harder with one another to be able to develop in time to meet their food security challenges.

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