The first-ever web-based tool designed to collect and share agriculture and rural development solutions in the developing countries, has been launched by The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
The Rural Solutions Portal will promote the uptake of innovative agricultural and rural practices and technologies that support rural communities. Information on food security, management of scarce natural resources, household nutrition, climate change and marginalization of rural communities, are among the ideas on the portal.
“Common challenges can be addressed by common solutions. Smallholder farmers, government institutions and other practitioners can have a platform to share ideas and learn from one another,” said Mr Ashwani K. Muthoo, IFAD director of Global Engagement and Multilateral Relations.
The Rural Solutions Portal is a userfriendly repository of knowledge and information about innovative solutions, success stories and case studies in agriculture and rural development.
The portal will facilitate peer-to-peer learning and encourage the cross-fertilisation of ideas among smallholders, organizations and institutions of developing countries. Users can access different solution providers for more information and support.
The portal presents solutions from IFAD operations implemented in different countries. Each solution focuses on specific problems that smallholder farmers, rural small business or fisher folk face, and has been validated by technical experts for their reliability.
In the future, the portal will also be populated with innovative solutions from development partners, such as governments, the Food and Agriculture Organisation, the World Food Programme, multilateral development banks, NGOs, UN partners and the private sector.
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