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Africa!!!. La ventana abierta por los servicios financieros

Posted by Roxanna Samii Friday, April 29, 2011 0 comments

Como imaginar un lugar sin estar ahí, desde todo punto de vista el mundo tiene muchas inequidades pero lo que hemos visto aquí, en estos primeros días de Ruta, es de gente que trata de salir de la forma que sea de su pobreza, gente que ha estado reprimida a lo largo de la historia moderna y que a la pequeña oportunidad abraza el entusiasmo y con sus limitaciones nos muestra que con poco si es posible hacer mucho.
Lo que hemos visto en estos primeros cinco dias, es una enorme capacidad de hacer cosas grandiosas, algunas con resultados debatibles, pero en fin de cuentas generadoras de un enorme capital social, relacional y de capacidades que no deja de sorprendernos, desde el inicio de la ruta nos dimos de cara a una realidad dura, o hasta hostil con una población casi olvidada, pero con las mismas inquietudes y miras inquitas de saber quienes éramos y que cosa podíamos dejar para su utilidad.

Pasando los días nos abriga la calidez de la cercanía a la línea ecuatorial con un paisaje que incluye elefantes, cebras, antílopes, hipopótamo y miradas extrañas de ver a gente ………..

Che esperienza meravigliosa questa Ruta! Mai nella nostra vita ci siamo svegliati cosi presto ma cosi volentieri! Ogni giorno della Ruta e´ un giorno in piu´ di apprendimento, di conoscenza, di scambio di informazioni, di straordinario arricchimento professionale e personale. L´idea che tutti i partecipanti rientrino nei loro paesi di origine e applichino cio´ che hanno imparato e cio´ che ritengono piu´ utile per il loro paese e per la loro comunita´, e´semplicemente elettrizzante e rappresenta la forma di cooperazione allo sviluppo (cooperazione sud-sud) dei prossimi decenni!

Alla fine della Ruta potremo dire di aver visitato 4 casi concreti di istituzioni microfinanziarie (e di averle poi analizzate e approfondite durante i wrap-up meetings, ciascuno esprimendo i propri compiacimenti o le proprie preoccupazioni), di aver imparato molto ma di aver anche risposto noi alle domande che le nostre amiche e i nostri amici africani ci ponevano per sapere cio´ che accade nei nostri paesi.

Durante la Ruta si lavora, ma il piacere e il divertimento non mancano di certo! Che divertenti i nostri viaggi in bus, cantando le canzoni piu´ conosciute (Akuna Matata,ecc…) ma anche quelle dei singoli paesi dei partecipanti, cosi come i vari inni nazionali! E poi mangiare i piatti tipici ugandesi (platano, riso, fagioli, patate, carne di capra, verdura…) cucinati dai nostri amici che cosi calorosamente ci ospitano nei loro villaggi e nelle loro case! E che accoglienze indimenticabili, con balli e canti che ci coinvolgono tutti! Alla fine della giornata siamo tutti un po´ stanchi, ma felici di essere stanchi perche´ esserlo ha significato passare una giornata intensissima e bellissima! Ogni giornata della Ruta e´ come un seme piantato, con tutte le possibilita’ che diventi presto albero e dia i suoi frutti non appena i partecipanti rientrano a casa!

Per finire non possiamo non citare le bellezze naturali apprezzate durante tutta la Ruta, tra foresta e savana, montagne e laghi, campagne, piantagioni di te´ e tanto altro, e poi gli straordinari animali! Abbiamo imparato molto anche della storia, della cultura e della tradizione ugandesi grazie agli appassionati racconti dei nostri amici ugandesi. E infine il gruppo, un gruppo di persone da vari continente e infiniti paesi (Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Camerun, Somalia, Italia, Olanda…!!!!) che gia´ a meta´ Ruta son in realta´ un gruppo di amici!!

A questo punto non possiamo che dire grazie a chi ha permesso che tutto cio´ abbia avuto luogo: grazie Procasur, grazie Diana, grazie Fred!!!!"

What does it mean to be an empowered woman in a man's world?

Posted by Roxanna Samii Sunday, April 10, 2011 0 comments

Last week while visiting the IFAD-funded Central Kenya Dry Area Smallholder Community Services Development Project and Mount Kenya East Pilot Project for Natural Resources Management, I had the privilege to meet inspiring and successful women such as Jane Njaguara, Lizz Wangari Bundi and the Wangu Environmental Conservation Women’s group.

As development workers we are always trying to get hold of data and statistics to show the impact of our work. I guess one of the most important statistics is how rural development projects have transformed the lives of poor rural people and their communities, and how these interventions have managed to bring economic viability to the rural space by providing profitable on and off-farm employment, minimizing migration from rural to urban areas and providing attractive employment opportunities for young people, so that they stay in rural areas and join the active work force.

Jane, Lizz and Wangu women’s group stories demonstrate how when women are empowered the entire society thrives.

Just one buck away from a better life

Visiting IFAD-funded Central Kenya Dry Area Smallholder Community Services Development Project (CKDAP), I met Jane Njaguara, a 32 year old strong willed woman who is one of the 13 members of the Busara dairy goat group in Kirinyaga District.

In 2003, this group received its first buck and that was the beginning of a successful economic and social transformation for its members.

A proud Njaguara, giving a tour to IFAD President, Dr Kanayo F. Nwanze, said: “Thanks to that one buck that we received 8 years ago, today I am running a successful business. I have managed to expand my goat dairy farm. I have diversified my activity and now have poultry, cows, I have a thriving milk business.”

Today, the Busara dairy group has 72 upgraded goats and in just five years they’ve managed to make KSH 223,000. “Our vision is to have 200 goats by 2015 and to operate a milk shop,” says Njaguara.

Over the course of its implementation, CKDAP continuously provided technical assistance to the Busara dairy group. Njaguara was one of the farmers who benefitted from training session by the Dairy Goats Association of Kenya. Thanks to the training received, she is now providing extension services to Busara community.

“The training allowed us to venture into selling milk. Now we are producing 3 to 5 litres of milk on a daily basis. As a result the families have a better diet and we have a thriving business, selling the milk to neighbouring villages for KSH 60 a litre,” explained Njaguara. “You know, goat milk is rich in protein and does not cause any allergies, so there is a high demand for it.”

“My dairy farm has turned out to be a profitable business. Thanks to the revenues from the farm I was able to expand and diversify my business. Today, I have chicken, geese, turkey and cows. My dream is to go to school and get a degree in veterinary sciences,” says a beaming Njaguara.

A couple of months ago, Njaguara lost her husband prematurely. But thanks to the income from the dairy goat farm she is able to maintain her standard of life. Her two children go to school, the family lives in the improved dwelling with cement floor, plastered and painted walls and the most wonderful thing is that she has managed to buy additional land to further expand the business.

“Jane is a perfect example of how every dollar spent in a woman generates 11 dollars,” observed Dr Nwanze.

“I was so excited when Jane referred to what she does as a business. Her story embodies the idea and concept of farming as business. Jane’s business is making money and giving employment to others. She has diversified her business, as a result is able to send her two children to school, has invested in more land and what is absolutely heartwarming and contrary to many parts of the world, the land is in her name, in the name of Jane Njaguara.”

After touring Njaguara dairy farm and in thanking the community Nwanze said: “What struck me is the commitment of the women and men, the beneficiaries and the community as a whole. I am so impressed on how you’ve made this project your OWN and how through your engagement and work you’ve managed to transform the your community.”

Tapping into the gold mind of tissue culture banana (TC banana)

In Africa approximately 70 million people rely on bananas for food or income. However, they are faced with a considerable challenge, namely a decline in production due to environmental degradation, diseases and pest infestation.

TC banana technology was introduced in Kenya about 14 years ago. Over the last eight years, Africa Harvest has raised awareness and built farmer’s capacity so that they can get the most out of this technology. Tissue culture technology in Africa has the potential to increase banana production from 20 to 45 tons per hectare. This means that a typical Kenya farmer family cultivating bananas could potentially increase their income from $1 day to as much as $3 a day.

The beneficiaries of IFAD-funded Smallholder horticulture marketing programme and Mount Kenya East pilot project, having partnered with Africa Harvest have benefitted from TC banana technology.

TC banana uses clean, disease-free, and insect-free planting materials. Statistics show that over the past six years, more than 500,000 farmers in Kenya have benefited from tissue culture banana technology transfer.

Lizz Wangari Bundi, an inspiring young woman farmer lives in Mururi also located in Kirinyaga district. Bundi is one of the many Kenyan farmers who has benefitted from the tissue culture banana technology.

She joined the ranks of TC banana farmers in 2008. Before that she was a tomato and French bean farmer. “Tomatoes and French bean were both labour and capital intensive and I was subject to enormous post-harvest loss because of the perishable nature of these produce,” explains Bundi.

“In 2008 I joined the Murinidi fresh growers self-help group, where I learnt more about TC banana.”

“I must admit initially I was torn between leaving the known for the unknown, but I decided to gamble and got involved with TC banana. For one thing, banana has a good nutritional value, so for sure my family’s diet would improve,” said Bundi.

Bundi’s asset was her three-acre farm. And the prospect of providing a better life for her three children was too alluring so she decided to venture with TC banana.

Thanks to the training and support provided along the entire value chain, Bundi was able to sell the entire produce of her initial 80 plantlet. She then expanded her orchard and today she has 240 plantlets. As a result she has managed to doubled her income.

“Thanks to the steady income, I am able to send the children to school. I have expanded my business and have a dairy farm which complements my banana production,” explained Bundi. “And you know what, I use the manure for the banana orchard, this way I not only make money from the dairy farm, but do not need to buy manure for the bananas!”

Three years ago, Lizz Bundi was a smallholder farmer living on less than a $1 day. Today, she runs a family agriculture business, employs other smallholder farmers and has an average monthly income of approximately KSH 7,000 (approximately $90). She owes this to her entrepreneurial spirit of taking a risk and venturing into TC banana. Bundi has managed to ensure food security, education and a steady income for her family. She is an empowered woman and a well respected member of her community.

“I am planning to expand the dairy farm and go into poultry. My next big projects are to put an irrigation system in place and put electricity at home,” says Bundi with a smile.

Lizz Bundi’s story is an example of how through improved agricultural production and strategic partnerships, we can reach many more smallholder farmers and help more poor rural people to become food security.

Talk about transformation: Firewood collectors become environmental conservationists

Moving from Central Kenya drylands to Mount Kenya, we met the hundred plus women of the Wangu self-help group who back in 2003 earned their living by selling firewood they gathered from Magacha forest. Soon they realized that this was not a viable way of life and approached the authorities requesting that they be granted a portion of forest land to raise seedlings.

The Wangu self-group ladies shared their story with IFAD President, Dr Nwanze: “In February 2004, we started our tree nursery and raised 10,000 seedlings.”

Pragmatic and self-organized as only women are, they agreed that they would come to the site at least once a week to plant the trees. And all of them paid KSH5 to buy a polythene bag and other nursery inputs.

In 2005, their production ranged around 25,000 seedlings and today they boost an annual production of 150,000 seedlings. The once fuel wood collectors, today are forest and environmental conservationists and stewards. Thanks to their tireless efforts the forest ecosystem is thriving, they have instilled the culture of tree planting and as a result have rehabilitated and maintained 213ha of degraded forest land.

They have diversified their activities and are engaged in beekeeping, fish farming, rabbit rearing, dairy farms and have set up village saving loans associations. Their fish ponds are stocked with fingerlings, they all each have five rabbits and those who have set up dairy farms are now selling milk.

Thanks to their various income generating activities, they are food secure, are able to send their children to primary and secondary school and college, have improved their dwellings and live in semi-permanent constructions and are contributing to the community’s welfare by investing to improve communal infrastructure such as schools and churches.

And they are a source of inspiration and mentors for other women groups such as the Mazingira and Mutitu women group who aspire to follow on their footsteps.


More power to women

Later in the week, meeting with Hon Dr Sally Kosgey, Minister of Agriculture, Nwanze shared the stories of these remarkable women and observed: “Investing in women and young girls is the pathway to stability and growth. This is why it is important to empower women, because by doing so, we make sure that the entire community thrives.”

“It was so reassuring to see the results of our work. I saw value for money, value of our investments and saw how together we have managed to transform the lives of our brothers and sisters,” explained Nwanze.

“The achievements and thriving businesses of these incredible women are a source of satisfaction and pride and show how the decisions we make in Rome are bearing their fruits.”

Commending the Government of Kenya for increasing its investment in agriculture from 2.9 to 4.5%, in his conversation with Hon Kosgey, Nwanze said: “Kenya is a power house in East and Southern Africa, I hope and trust that you will soon increase your investment in agriculture to reach the target of 10%.”

Hon Kosgey in thanking IFAD for its work in Kenya, said: “IFAD-funded projects and programmes are the most successful agricultural programmes in Kenya and it is institutions like IFAD that keep us in a state of hope.”

We on our side, pay tribute to Jane Njaguara, Lizz Bundi and the self-help Wangu women’s group as they are the personification of how women are agents of change, how in any community it is often if not always women who take on the leadership role, how when rural women are empowered, the entire society is empowered and how women are better managers of resources.

Ladies, kudos to all of you. May you move from one success to another and in the process inspire many more women.

Jambo, the routero bus is coming!

Posted by M.Hartl Wednesday, April 6, 2011 1 comments

A learning route is serious business. After 9 days on the road for the Learning Route on gender and rural microfinance in Uganda, I can assure you that this is not a piece of cake. The morning call or gentle knock on your doors comes as early as 5.45 on many days, breakfast is from 6.00-6.45. The bus leaves at 7.00 and if we not, we have a first meeting from 7.00 – 9.00 to analyze the case study from the day before. This is an early start after a short night, since the day before we often reach the hotel only at 9.00 or later for dinner. Altogether I have spent more than 30 hours on the Routero bus, not the latest model as you imagine, but it took us safely to distant villages in the North, East and West of Kampala. Plenty of time for dozing, looking out of the windows, listening to the Procasur leaders, singing the favorite Routero song “Jambo, Jambo sana, habari gani, mzuir sana”, discussing whereabouts and wherefroms, and wondering what will be around the next corner. Those lucky enough to come late, get a seat in the back row and a jump at every bump, a roller coaster for free. Procasur organizers keep our spirits high with constant supply of water, chocolate and sweets. No major problems on the road except for a delay on the way to Kyarumba, about 30 km form the border to DRC. The engine makes a strange sound and we are lucky enough to find a garage in the middle of nowhere that can fix the problem. To our surprise, the place is only 300 meters from the equator, so the whole group has plenty of time to take a stroll and pose.


A learning route has a well-defined and often tested methodology, which PROCASUR refined over the years. Participants learn from each other as much as they learn from the selected case studies in the field. At the beginning of the route, they tell each other about their background and challenges in an ”experiences fair”. This is followed by a day of thematic introduction to microfinance and gender equality in Uganda, with leading experts and academics as guest speakers, including a presentation of the IFAD country programme. Each Routero comes with an issue or a question to the route that they need to resolve or want to learn more about. Four case studies are at the core of the learning route. They have been selected by the organizing team as specific models to address gender issues in the microfinance sector. We learn about FINCA Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) and visited a group in Kiboga, Bukonzo Joint Cooperative Microfinance Ltd. in Kyarumba; UWESO SMS Ldt in Mbarara; CARE VSLAs and Iganga’s District Farmers Association in Iganga.

The case studies are first introduced in great detail by the partners before the field visits. Once the bus reaches the village, the host groups are already waiting. All to often we arrive with some delay. The women in Bukonzo Joint are less forgiving than others and the leader welcomes us and says “You are very late, time is money. Our rule is that everybody who is late has to pay 2000 Sh each ( 80 Cents US). Thank you for your contribution” and goes ahead to collect the fines.


All groups welcome us with music, song, dance and theatre. The cultural part is followed by a presentation of activities and visit to local businesses, homesteads and subgroups. Long discussions with group members about their situation, savings and loans and the businesses they started. Lunch is prepared by the host group and taken jointly. The visit closes with a wrap-up meeting for all involved, exchange of little gifts and certificates. Then we are back in the bus for the long journey back. Lots of smiles, hand waving and curious looks by many bystanders, huge crowds of children following the bus on the dusty road.

Two or three Routeros are assigned as secretaries to each case study and present their analysis the next day. These are the discussions I like best. They can compete with any QE or QA. What are the key discussion areas, good practices and innovations, challenges and conclusions? Opinions fly high. What is women’s economic empowerment? Are MFI exploiting women? What about the men, are they left behind, how to reach them and change them? Four case studies, four long discussions to draw conclusions and comparisons.

The finale of the learning route is the innovation fair on the last day. Each participant prepares an innovation plan for a project they want to implement in the next 6-9 months back home. Inspired by what they have learned on the route, Routeros prepare an innovative programme in response to the question that made them join the learning route. Each plan is scrutinized carefully and debated at great length.

A learning route has a snowball effect. Every Routero comes with a question for which they are searching answers. The outcome of the route, the innovation plan, is stimulated by the experiences on the route. Each individual innovation plan reflects what has been learnt on the route. For many, the experience of the learning route is a eye opener to see something new. A year ago, I participated in a learning route on “Innovations for Rural Development and Poverty Elimination in Latin America and the Caribbean” in Peru. My goal was to better understand the methodology and find out how it could be applied for gender training. Once on the ground, I knew very soon that this would be ideal for a gender training, in particular if we focussed on a specific topic such as rural microfinance or value chain development. One year later, my innovation plan has come true and we are not only organizing one, but three learning routes due to high demand. This big response from microfinance practitioners confirmed me further in my innovation plan and validates the learning route methodology. Let’s see, where the snowball is rolling to – I can see many new tools tested and introduced on gender and microfinance by the more than 50 participants in the three routes.


Positive news for world's poor

Posted by Roxanna Samii Monday, April 4, 2011 0 comments

By Kanayo F Nwanze
IFAD President

What would your life be like if you were one of the 1.4 billion women, men and children who live in extreme poverty?

Chances are you would live in a rural area, as do 70 per cent of the world's extremely poor people.

Like Li Guimin from China, you would worry about the exodus of young people from your community as they seek opportunities but likely face worse poverty in distant cities.

Like Shazia Bibi from Pakistan, you might wonder if your garlic can compete at the market with lower priced imports and whether you will earn enough to pay your children's school fees and buy your heart medicine.

And like Ribita Iobete, a farmer in Kiribati, you would be concerned about the shrinking size of your coconuts due to intrusions of seawater - an ominous repercussion of climate change in a country where ''high ground'' is just two metres above sea level.

But there is good news, and it is being discussed at meetings in Canberra this week. A new report issued by the International Fund for Agricultural Development reveals that more than 350 million rural people have pulled themselves out of extreme poverty over the last 10 years. The percentage of the world's rural inhabitants living on less than $1.20 a day has dropped from nearly half to about one third.

East Asia has accounted for much of the progress. Standouts are China and other emerging economies such as Vietnam, where the number of extremely poor people in rural areas fell by two thirds from 365 million to 117 million. So did the rate of extreme poverty, which declined from 44 to 15 per cent.

But poverty remains pervasive, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Though its rate of rural poverty has fallen slightly in the last decade, it is still above 60 per cent. And not far from Australia's own shores, South Asia is home to half of the world's one billion extremely poor rural people.

Yet change is under way in rural areas, giving rise to hope while also exposing challenges.

These include increasingly volatile food prices, which complicate life for rural people as both producers and buyers of food. Other emerging threats include deterioration of natural resources, growing competition for land and water, and as Australians know only too well increasingly severe weather events worsened by climate change.

But good things are happening too. As cities expand and the world becomes more urbanised, the demand for high-value food is growing, expanding markets for farmers.

And while agriculture continues to drive rural growth engaging four-fifths of rural households worldwide at some level technological advancements and changes in the global economy are also creating jobs off the farm. The accelerating search for renewable energy sources around the world only increases the potential for growth.

All of this creates opportunities for poor rural women and men to lift themselves out of poverty and create a future for their children. But making the most of it requires policies and investments that are both market oriented and environmentally sustainable.

For starters, governments and the international community need to reverse the long-standing neglect of rural development. We need to improve governance in rural areas and create an economic environment that will allow small holder farmers to grow both food and their businesses.

We need to invest in rural infrastructure and in building the skills of rural people so they can exploit new opportunities in agricultural markets or find jobs in non-farm industries. If we help them strengthen their collective capabilities, they will be able to support each other in managing risks, learning new techniques to improve productivity and marketing their products.

And we need to invest in youth. In developing countries, young people aged 15 to 24 make up 20 per cent of the population. In rural areas, many of them are growing up on small holder farms. We must invest in those young, creative minds so they can develop the skills to run their farms like small businesses.

Anyone who has spent any time with farmers in developing countries knows that they are dynamic, innovative people whose hard work will ultimately lead the way to development and prosperity.

At stake is the security of the global food supply. Agricultural production must increase 70 per cent by 2050, and output in developing countries will have to double, if we are to keep food on the table for the nine billion people expected on earth by then.

I have no doubt that Li, Shazia and Ribita are up to the challenge. Are the rest of us?


Originally published in The Canberra Times

In designing and implementing rural development projects, our prime goal and objective is to improve the livelihoods of the people who we work with and serve. We report on project outcomes and achievements, we measure project success against the logical framework and we prepare completion reports showing the impact with hard facts and figures.

But there is nothing better, more powerful and moving than seeing with your own two eyes the impact of a rural development project on the lives of people.

Do you know of any international financial institutions or UN agencies that have someone named after them? I bet you there are not many. Well, IFAD does and we were lucky enough to meet Stephen Ifad Arisa Monari - the boy called IFAD!

Recently while conducting an evaluation activity in Kenya, IFAD’s office of evaluation came across Stephen Ifad. And Stephen Ifad’s story is quite extraordinary.

In 2005, when IFAD-funded Southern Nyanza Community Development Project started its operations to increase on-farm labour productivity and improve food security and nutrition in Nyamira a district of Southern Nyanza, Stephen Ifad’s father, Meshack Monari, dismissed the project initiatives. A skeptical Monari initially failed to understand the potential of the project and went out of his way to derail the project activities by discouraging his fellow villagers to get involved in the project activities.

A highly determined implementing officer, Benjamin Angir, persuaded Monari to give the project a chance and sent him on a learning tour to Nakuru district in the neighbouring Rift Valley. There, Monari met other farmers and saw in person, how thanks to rural development and agriculture interventions the farmers had managed to improve their livelihoods, increase their income and were leading a better life.

Back home, Monari had second thoughts. He started to get involved in the project and encouraged his fellow villagers to join the project. Thanks to the community-driven component of the IFAD-funded project, Monari and the other farmers articulated their needs and priorities and took ownership of the project.

Already a tea and maize grower, thanks to the IFAD-funded project Monari started expanding his crops base to banana, sweet potato, pineapple and embraced goat rearing and beekeeping.

Twelve months into the project, Monari was reaping the benefits of the IFAD-funded Southern Nyanza Community Development Project. So, when on 25 July 2006, his wife Caren gave birth to a baby boy, Monari named the child Stephen Ifad Arisa Monari.

Taking advantage of the IFAD President’s visit to Kenya, Monari and young Stephen Ifad made a trip to Nyeri, to meet with IFAD President who was visiting the IFAD-funded Central Kenya Dry Area Smallholder and Community Services Development Project.

A beaming Dorothy Owino, the project manager of Southern Nyanza Community Development Project and a proud Monari father, accompanied young Stephen Ifad and introduced him to IFAD President, Dr Kanayo Nwanze.

Monari shared his story with the President and started off by confessing that: “before the project, I was lazy and idle, I would just sit around doing absolutely nothing.”

“Thanks to the IFAD-funded project, I really started to appreciate and see the benefits of agriculture.”

“Today I use the income from my banana farm to buy maize to feed the family. The money from sweet potato sales goes to pay the school fees for the children,” explained Monari.

“I have diversified my activities. I am using the money I make from my beekeeping activity to pay for causal farm labourers. I am in the process of expanding my banana farm and have converted to tissue culture banana.”

“I have a bank account. I have electricity at home and recently have bought a TV so now I know what is happening in the rest of world. I now have a comfortable life and I am never idle and have finally understood that time is money!” concluded Monari.

Once a skeptic, today Monari has a monthly income of KES 10,000 and aspires to earn KES 40,000 a month by next year. He has earned himself a new social status in his village and is a mentor for more than 50 farmers.

“The least I could do was pay tribute to the organization that had transformed my life for the better by naming by boy Ifad”, explained Monari shaking hands with IFAD President.

Stephen Ifad is a living testimony of the power and potential of agriculture. He is a living testimony of how thanks to community-driven development projects, smallholder farmers and producers can take their lives in their hands and build a better future for themselves. Stephen Ifad is a living testimony of how successful rural development and agricultural interventions can help poor rural people to come out of poverty and acquire social status.

The entire IFAD delegation was honoured to meet Stephen Ifad and his father. Taking Stephen Ifad in his arms and wishing the Monari family well, Dr Nwanze said: “not many institutions have immortalized themselves in a human being.”

In Nwanze’s arms young Stephen Ifad examined his gifts, wearing his IFAD cap, together with the President they planted a commemorative tree.

The entire IFAD family wishes Stephen Ifad and his family all the best. We are sure that Monari and his family will move from success to success. And we are proud that it was an IFAD-funded project that changed the lives of this young family for the better!