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The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is an international financial institution and specialized United Nations agency that focuses on transforming rural economies and food systems. IFAD invests in rural people, empowering them to increase their food security, improve the nutrition of their families and increase their incomes. IFAD helps them build resilience, expand their businesses and take charge of their own development. For IFAD, communities of practice (CoPs) and networks are important ways to develop, capture, curate and share knowledge, especially by building on the collective knowledge of members. IFAD has joined the Dgroups Foundation and has launched this platform with the aim of enhancing inclusive collaboration and dialogue that leads to better development results. This is the place for IFAD-supported communities and networks to share, discuss and learn. You can explore this site to find out about the communities and networks we support: click on Subgroups ( ) to see the whole list. Guidelines and other resources to help you set up and moderate your own community are in the Wiki section ( ). For further information, or if you would like to set up your own group, contact us at ( )
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  • Farmers' Organizations for Africa, Caribbean and Pacific
    The overall objective of the FO4ACP Programme is to increase income and to improve livelihood, food and nutrition security and safety of organized smallholder and family farmers in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.The programme's primary stakeholders and beneficiaries are farmers’ organizations (FOs) and their smallholder members in ACP countries. They include the continental organization PAFO, the regional organizations EAFF, PIFON, PROPAC, ROPPA, SACAU and UMNAGRI and their national members, as well as FAO and AgriCord. The FO4ACP community is open to all members of farmer organizations and organizations supporting rural development or anyone interested to follow the discussions. The community was created to support knowledge generation, sharing and dissemination across the three regions and to create a space where farmers' organizations can discuss opportunities and challenges and offer peer-to-peer support. Welcome to FO4ACP! IFAD supervises and co-finances the FO4ACP Programme. The European Union (EU) provides funding through IFAD. - - - - - - - - - - *Organisations Paysannes pour l'Afrique, les Caraïbes et le Pacifique* L'objectif général du programme OPenACP est d'augmenter les revenus et d'améliorer les moyens de subsistance, la sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle et la sécurité des petits exploitants et des agriculteurs familiaux organisés dans les pays d'Afrique, des Caraïbes et du Pacifique (ACP). Les principales parties prenantes et les principaux bénéficiaires du programme sont les organisations paysannes (OP) et leurs petits exploitants membres dans les pays ACP. Les principaux acteurs et bénéficiaires du programme sont les organisations paysannes (OP) et leurs petits exploitants membres dans les pays ACP, notamment l'organisation continentale PAFO, les organisations régionales EAFF, PIFON, PROPAC, ROPPA, SACAU et UMNAGRI et leurs membres nationaux, ainsi que la FAO et AgriCord. La communauté OPenACP est ouverte à tous les membres des organisations paysannes et des organisations soutenant le développement rural ou à toute personne intéressée de participer dans les discussions. La communauté a été créée pour soutenir la génération, le partage et la diffusion des connaissances dans les trois régions et pour créer un espace où les organisations d'agriculteurs peuvent discuter des opportunités et des défis et offrir un soutien entre pairs. Bienvenue chez OPenACP! Le FIDA supervise et co-finance le programme OPenACP. L'Union européenne (UE) fournit un financement par le biais du FIDA. - - - - - - - - - - *Organizaciones campesinas para África, el Caribe y el Pacífico* El objetivo general del Programa FO4ACP es aumentar los ingresos y mejorar los medios de vida, la seguridad alimentaria y nutricional y la inocuidad de los pequeños agricultores organizados y los agricultores familiares de los países de África, el Caribe y el Pacífico (ACP). Los principales interesados y beneficiarios del programa son las organizaciones campesinas (OC) y sus miembros de los países ACP. Entre ellas figuran la organización continental PAFO, las organizaciones regionales EAFF, PIFON, PROPAC, ROPPA, SACAU y UMNAGRI y sus miembros nacionales, así como la FAO y AgriCord. La comunidad FO4ACP está abierta a todos los miembros de las organizaciones campesinas y las organizaciones que apoyan el desarrollo rural o a cualquier persona interesada en seguir los debates. La comunidad se creó para apoyar la generación, el intercambio y la difusión de conocimientos en las tres regiones y para crear un espacio en el que las organizaciones campesinas puedan examinar las oportunidades y los problemas y ofrecer apoyo entre pares. Bienvenido a FO4ACP! El FIDA supervisa y cofinanza el Programa FO4ACP. La Unión Europea (UE) proporciona financiación a través del FIDA.
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  • GeoGroup
    Welcome! ********** Who we are ********** Welcome to IFAD’s community of practice for geospatial applications. Our main activities are: * Community building : Bringing people working on geospatial applications in IFAD-funded projects together to optimize resources, communication flow and outputs; * Knowledge sharing : Capturing experiences on using GIS and Earth observation in IFAD-funded operations, and sharing new studies, blog posts, newly-released geospatial tools and datasets, interesting training courses and online webinars. ******** Our goal ******** We aim to enhance IFAD’s operations and impact through systematic integration of geospatial tools, methods and data analytics. ************ Who can join ************ All IFAD staff and consultants, project staff in IFAD-funded projects, as well as partners in the private sector and in research are welcome to join this community. You should: * Have an interest in geospatial tools, data and methodologies; and * Be involved in the design, implementation or evaluation of IFAD strategies and projects. **************************** Using GIS in IFAD operations **************************** Use this forum to exchange on the following topics: * Using GIS in project design, monitoring and evaluation, targeting as well as impact assessments; * Assessment of climatic and environmental hazards and impacts; * Datasets on a wide range of themes (e.g., demographics, poverty, land cover, and environmental hazards); * Software and hardware considerations; * Simple data visualizations; * Big data analysis using Google Earth Engine; * Data standards; * IFAD’s internal systems and procedures, including GeoNode; * GIS consultants and companies; * External initiatives that provide GIS and Earth-observation services free of charge. **************** Access knowledge **************** Read more about our community and GIS applications in IFAD on our wiki page ( ). ****************** Join the community ****************** Register here ( ) or sign in ( ) if you are already a member. Write to ( ) if you need support.
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  • ICT4D
    The concept of information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D) refers to the potential use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to achieve accelerated and scaled-up social and economic development. The objective of the ICT4D strategy is to provide IFAD with a framework for leveraging ICT to increase development impact and improve the economic and social conditions of rural people through increased agricultural productivity, greater benefits from market participation and strengthened household resilience. To this end, the strategy proposes four action areas: (i) promote scalable uptake of ICT4D solutions; (ii) strengthen ICT4D partnerships; (iii) enhance ICT4D knowledge management and sharing; and (iv) build internal ICT4D awareness, capacity and leadership. ICT4D Community of Practice is born with the idea to joint together all ICT4D practitioners across IFAD in order to strengthen the sharing knowledge inside the organization through
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  • IFAD Innovation Network
    * The IFAD Innovation Network is an informal, democratic, non-hierarchical space to share ideas, good practices, tools and lessons learned on how members can use innovation to improve performance and better address the needs and challenges of our target groups and beneficiaries. * This group is open to IFAD staff, representatives of IFAD's members, fellow United Nations and Development Finance Institutions colleagues, representatives of academia, research centres, think tanks and the private sector, and those who wish to contribute to advancing innovation for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. * Don’t hesitate to get involved and share your ideas with us! *Quick links* IF *AD Innovation Challenge Projects (2019-2020) here ( )* *Innovation wiki.* Contains information, documents and blogs related to innovation at IFAD *here* ( ) *Innovation seminar reviews.* Brief reviews of seminars on innovation *here* ( )
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  • Knowledge Management CoP
    Imagine if you could get the best technical expertise to support your projects and be able to find the best available solutions to your bottlenecks? By joining the KM CoP you will soon be equipped with experts who can feed you in with valuable information to do that. The KM CoP is an agile sharing space launched by the IFAD KM Coordination Group (KMCG). Its purpose is to connect staff who have KM in their job responsibilities or are interested in KM. Its members can learn from frontline experiences in IFAD projects and other agencies on responses to COVID-19 and about challenges and opportunities related to knowledge management and organisational learning. The aim is to incentivize cross-regional knowledge exchange within the organisation and make available the best solutions based on evidence to  foster the scaling-up of lessons for faster, more efficient delivery of rural development projects. This community is a closed group for IFAD staff only to join.
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    ¡Bienvenido a la Comunidad de Práctica enfocada en Estrategias de Sostenibilidad y Salida para Iniciativas de Desarrollo Rural (SOSTENER)! SOSTENER es una comunidad en red de profesionales que se interesan  por asuntos relacionados a la sostenibilidad de proyectos y programas de desarrollo rural y que buscan compartir ideas y experiencias en este campo. Las comunidades de práctica consisten en grupos de personas que comparten una preocupación, un conjunto de retos o pasión por un tema, y que buscan profundizar su conocimiento y experiencia en dicha área a través de la interacción continua con sus pares. En esta Comunidad, encontrará documentos y publicaciones relacionados a la sostenibilidad de proyectos y programas de desarrollo rural y tendrá un canal de comunicación abierta para compartir dudas, sugerencias y oportunidades.
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  • WCA_PCoP
    La communauté de pratique *WCA_PCoP* est un groupe de partage initié par le Comité de gestion de savoirs du FIDA dans la région de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre (WCA_KMCO). Son objectif est d’établir la connexion entre les équipes projets de la Région. Ses membres peuvent échanger des documents pratiques, les leçons apprises, expériences réussies et bénéficier de conseils d’experts. Le but est d'encourager les équipes à générer, partager des connaissances et tirer profil des meilleures pratiques, des projets du FIDA et d’autres agences, dans la mise en œuvre de leurs activités. La communauté de pratique *WCA_PCoP* offre ainsi la puissance d'apprendre et de travailler ensemble pour transformer les connaissances en de meilleurs résultats de développement pour les populations rurales et aboutir à un impact plus grand vers la réalisation de l’agenda 2030 des ODD.
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  • IFAD Gender Network
    The Gender Network was created in 2013. It is a Community of Practice on gender equality and women’s empowerment with more than 2 000 members. The Network builds on the different levels of IFAD Gender Architecture and involves IFAD staff and Gender Focal Points, Project Staff at country level, and external partners, including gender experts and other resource people from international organizations, academia and research centres, policymakers, donors and other actors. Its mission is to increase IFAD’s impact on gender equality and strengthen women’s empowerment in poor rural areas. The objective of the Network is to raise the level of awareness of on gender issues, foster learning and collaboration, and enable peer-support and access to technical backstopping, especially for IFAD-supported projects.
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