Stories from the field

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Sustainability and more: how building local institutions keeps communities thriving

The IFAD-funded Post-crisis Programme for Participatory Integrated  Development  of Rainfed Areas (PIDRA) closed in 2009, but the benefits for participating communities  in eastern Java are still very much being felt.

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Empowering the Papuan women of Indonesia

Indonesia has become the largest economy in Southeast Asia, and steady economic growth has translated into significant poverty reduction. Growth has been uneven, however, with remote areas like the provinces of Papua and West Papua lagging behind. The process of democratization and decentralization continues, but social and cultural issues remain intertwined with the country's development.

Source: IFAD

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Sulawesi: Promoting rural enterprise

The past decade has been challenging for the people who live on the Sulawesi island of Indonesia. Conflict and natural disaster have threatened their lives and livelihoods. But IFAD-supported projects are improving farming techniques, building new roads, increasing access to finance and reviving the flagging cocoa sector. All of which is helping villagers rebuild their lives and pursue a more prosperous future.

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Income-Generating Project for Marginal Farmers and Landless in Indonesia (P4K II)

In Indonesia of the mid-1980s, nearly 37 million people lived in absolute poverty with incomes below the equivalent of 320 kg of rice per year. Millions of smallholders, farmers, farm workers and fishermen were materially and financially unable to tap into the opportunities offered by 20 years of economic growth in the country and, with no collateral, there was no hope of obtaining a bank loan

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Rewarding poor rural people for nurturing the land

Poor rural people manage vast areas of land and forest. They have the potential to be important players in protecting natural resources and providing important environmental services. An IFAD-supported project has helped build momentum and public interest in rewards for environmental services and has developed ways to offer incentives to poor farmers who protect ecosystems at the national level in China, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, the Philippines and Viet Nam.

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