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Biden Appoints New Directors of Wisconsin FSA & Rural Development

President Biden has appointed the new executive director of the Wisconsin Farm Service Agency and a new director of rural development.

Eugene Schriefer is the new executive director of the FSA. Schriefer was a Senior Outreach Specialist at the University of Wisconsin Extension and has been an agricultural educator working with farmers in Iowa County since 2009. Schriefer is also a former Grazing Specialist with Southwest Badger Resource Conservation and Development and has worked with 4-H in Rusk and Columbia Counties.

Former central Wisconsin lawmaker Julie Lassa has been appointed Stare’s rural development director for Wisconsin at the USDA. Lassa has served on both the State Assembly and the Senate and on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. She was also the author of the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin and Farm to School programs during her term in the Legislature.

Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden praised both nominations, saying Schreifer has made a significant contribution to the fabric of our farming community and that Lassa brings a strong background in engagement. civic and economic development, especially the promotion of small businesses and local food.

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Flipkart signs MoU with Ministry of Rural Development for DAY-NRLM program https://indicerural.com/flipkart-signs-mou-with-ministry-of-rural-development-for-day-nrlm-program/ https://indicerural.com/flipkart-signs-mou-with-ministry-of-rural-development-for-day-nrlm-program/#respond Tue, 02 Nov 2021 10:38:02 +0000 https://indicerural.com/flipkart-signs-mou-with-ministry-of-rural-development-for-day-nrlm-program/

Flipkart, India’s local e-commerce marketplace, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of India’s Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), for its ambitious Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM) program, to help empower local businesses and self-help groups (SHGs) – especially those led by women – by involving them in e-commerce. The partnership is aligned with DAY-NRLM’s goal of building the capacity of rural communities for self-employment and entrepreneurship, thus giving new impetus to the Prime Minister’s vision of an “Atmanirbhar Bharat”.

In the presence of Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Shri Giriraj Singh, Minister of State for Rural Development Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, the MoU was signed at a ceremony in Delhi by the Joint Secretary (RL) , DAY-NRLM, Shri Charanjit Singh. and Flipkart Corporate Affairs Director Shri. Rajneesh Kumar on November 02, 2021.

On this occasion, Shri Giriraj Singh said: “Self-help groups are the backbone of the rural economy and we aim to increase their annual income to at least 1 lakh. We identify and collaborate with all possible partners who can contribute to this cause and a partnership between DAY NRLM and Flipkart will help in the process. The rural products of SHGs have enormous potential for acceptance among the masses in India and abroad and the e-commerce platform will prove to be an effective tool to exploit it. Shri Singh said the MoU will allow rural women to sell their products to more than 10 crore Flipkart customers.

This MoU is part of the Flipkart Samarth program and aims to provide skilled but underserved communities of artisans, weavers and craftsmen with domestic market access through the Flipkart Marketplace, as well as dedicated knowledge and support support. to training. Flipkart Samarth seeks to break down barriers to entry for local communities by providing time-limited incubation and assistance with integration, cataloging, marketing, account management, business information and warehousing. . This will create more opportunities to increase the inclusion of business and commerce and help create and maintain better livelihood opportunities.

MoRD’s DAY-NRLM program with its reach in 6768 blocks of 706 districts in 28 states and 6 UT has 7.84 crore of women mobilized in over 71 lakh SHG proves to be the revolutionary initiative to empower rural women poor. As part of this mission, poor women from different class and caste groups form self-help groups and their federations, providing financial, economic and social development services to their members to improve their income and quality of life. . As part of the efforts to promote livelihood activities, continued efforts have been made by the NRLM at the state and national levels to promote the rural products produced by these self-help groups by providing platforms such as Saras Fairs, Saras Gallery and point of sale commerce platforms and other e-commerce platforms.

Shri Charanjit Singh, Joint Secretary (Skills), DAY-NRLM said: “DAY-NRLM’s partnership with Flipkart Samarth provides an excellent platform for capacity building, improvement and impact on livelihoods. rural areas, especially for women. This step will mobilize and channel resources. needed to create and support rural businesses to realize their full growth potential, which is crucial for inclusive and robust national development, especially in the current post-COVID era. “

Rajneesh Kumar, Corporate Affairs Director of Flipkart Group, said: “We are leveraging our knowledge of the Indian market to improve the social and economic development of underserved communities, many of whom reside in rural areas. Handicrafts from local artisans of India, Weavers and self-help groups deserve to reach a much wider audience, including and beyond their respective regions. The Flipkart Samarth initiative gives them access to potentially more than 350 million consumers on our platform spread across the country. We are thrilled and honored to partner with DAY-NRLM and be able to contribute to a vital aspect of nation building. “

The Flipkart Samarth program was launched in 2019 as a sustainable and inclusive platform to give underserved communities and national businesses better opportunities and better livelihoods. Flipkart Samarth currently supports the livelihoods of over 9.50,000 artisans, weavers and artisans across India, and is continuously working to attract even more vendors to the platform.

(With inputs from GDP)

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Wealth creation through rural development https://indicerural.com/wealth-creation-through-rural-development/ https://indicerural.com/wealth-creation-through-rural-development/#respond Wed, 27 Oct 2021 04:55:17 +0000 https://indicerural.com/wealth-creation-through-rural-development/

The fight against poverty, which has remained a major and overwhelming socio-economic problem in most countries of the world, especially developing countries, is one of the major concerns of responsible governments.

While some governments tend to view poverty as a purely economic problem that could be overcome through carefully planned and implemented economic programs, others see it as a threat that has deeply eroded the tissues of human existence. , caused major crises, including insecurity and other socio-economic problems and the proactive measures needed to address them.

Often, in the absence of careful planning, most of the methods adopted to combat poverty tend to scratch the surface without any visible improvement in the standard of living of the masses, leaving the problem still uncertain.

In Nigeria, for example, despite its abundant agricultural resources and oil wealth, poverty is widespread. A significant portion of the population lives below the poverty line with limited social services and infrastructure.

The rural poor of the country depend on agriculture for their food and income. Smallholder farmers, who are largely rural dwellers, cultivate small lands and depend on rain-fed agriculture for their survival, produce around 90 percent of Nigeria’s food. The fact that this category is made up of rural dwellers underscored the need for aggressive rural development efforts. In Nasarawa State, the incumbent administration of Governor Abdullahi Sule has taken a multidimensional approach to reducing poverty in the state by creating wealth and jobs through sustained rural development efforts.

Rural development efforts aim to increase business activities in communities and reduce insecurity to a significant level.

Upon taking office, Governor Sule created a Rural Transformation Agency that will help bring government closer to rural areas.

In such a short period of time, the Agency’s footprint is visible almost everywhere in the state, as it has constructed over 600 miles of feeder roads across the state. This has opened up rural areas to a wide range of activities and reduced crime in these areas.

Most importantly, roads connect areas where farmers can easily access markets to sell their produce without depending on middlemen.

For example, in the Kokona Council region of the State, the works on the road from Angoro to Bassa have helped to resolve the problem of insecurity and increase activities in the Arusu and Arusu markets. Amba, all located in local government areas.

In addition, the agency has embarked on the construction of the Sisinbaki-Kwarra road in the local government of Wamba. The road had until then been a death trap.

The works on these rural roads have greatly contributed to reducing the level of poverty while connecting different communities.

Not surprisingly, residents of most rural areas continued to give good testimonies while congratulating the governor on the efforts made. Christopher Dakum from Sisinbaki village praised Governor Sule for prioritizing rural development, insisting that his approach has wiped away tears and reduced hardship for locals.

Likewise, Gowon Ali from Moro community in Akwanga local government area said the opening of the Moro road has brought relief to farmers in the area.

Nuhu Muhammad of Assakio also said that works on the Assakio-Obi road have significantly improved economic activities in the region, especially the farming communities along the route. Likewise, a farmer, Maryam Adamu, said the road made it easier for them to access their farms.

Likewise, residents of Angwa Bem village, a Tiv community where one of the new bridges is located, expressed their joy at the bridge’s completion.

It is interesting to note that the works on the Assakio-Obi road connect six villages and made it possible for the villagers to easily bring their goods to the market, to access school and medical care as a health care center. primary and a public primary school are located along the road.

In the Jangwa region of Awe local government, residents said that the ongoing construction of the twin bridge along the Ribi-Jangwa road is already having a positive impact as daily food trailers are transported out of town. the state to different parts of the country.

Clearly, the state government’s rural development program to help farmers and rural people has opened up farming communities and linked them to urban centers.

This went a long way in revealing the vast agricultural potential of the state. Of course, this very important sector supports over 80 percent of the livelihoods of the population.

Different communities, including Shabu, Gambo, Dogo Yaro, Sabon Pegi, Samunaka, Doka, Arugababa, Arugbalamu and Lakio, have all benefited from the government’s renewed emphasis on rural development.

Indeed, the state government’s approach to rural development is helping tremendously to change the narrative of poverty in the state, as it allows farmers to access and from rural areas. who continuously transport their agricultural products to markets without leaving or hindering.

– Garba d’Alhaqmedia Concepts wrote of Lafia

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Alta. organizes rural development meetings https://indicerural.com/alta-organizes-rural-development-meetings/ https://indicerural.com/alta-organizes-rural-development-meetings/#respond Mon, 25 Oct 2021 19:23:24 +0000 https://indicerural.com/alta-organizes-rural-development-meetings/

The Government of Alberta wants to hear from rural leaders on how best to promote economic recovery and development after what was the province’s worst downturn in nearly a century.

More than 20 online meetings will take place from late October to December targeting more than 900 different stakeholders and organizations, said Associate Minister of Rural Economic Development Nate Horner.

Meetings should involve community leaders, members of chambers of commerce, as well as leaders of Aboriginal and Métis-owned businesses.

Horner said that “the goal is just to make sure that Alberta’s economic recovery is felt in rural Alberta, so that’s pretty exciting.”

An online survey will be provided to those who cannot attend the meetings.

As associate minister, Horner said he was working with Employment, Economy and Innovation Minister Doug Schweitzer. Public comments gathered during the initiative can be summarized in “some kind of report” or document, Horner said.

“I don’t know what it will look like exactly yet.”

Alberta did not have a Minister of Rural Development for almost 10 years until Horner was appointed on July 8. The provincial government wants to make sure the tools to attract investment will work for rural Alberta, “which is why we think it’s important to start with consultation.”

While the initiative is a politically safe move on the part of the provincial government, it should generally be viewed positively, said Lars Hallstrom, director of the Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy at the University of Lethbridge.

However, expectations must be tempered by “a certain skepticism given the history of provincial governments over the past decades in terms of effectively achieving rural economic development in terms of economic diversification, economic growth, labor retention. (and) different types of capital attraction. ,” he said.

Although it is based on the work of a task force that also solicited the opinions of hundreds of people, the rural economic development action plan published in 2014 by the last Progressive Conservative government ‘did not never really resulted in a lot of action, ”Hallstrom said.

Part of the problem is that every government in Alberta keeps coming back to “the same playbook of finding an anchor industry or company,” often outside of the province. As a result, the aim is to ensure that “the right players are satisfied” to attract investment, he said.

The resulting economic development projects not only often tie rural Albertans to boom and bust cycles, but they can result in significant environmental costs, he said, highlighting the history of mining. coal in the province.

“These types of addictions don’t really build long-term sustainability and resilience. They can actually make things worse.”

There is a need to better understand the barriers to rural innovation, “whether regulatory, social or financial,” said Paul McLauchlin, president of rural municipalities in Alberta. “How do we chart a clear path for (people) to get to work and get things done? “

He praised Horner’s appointment to provincial cabinet, as well as the Government of Alberta’s recent broadband initiative. It will provide up to $ 150 million to expand or improve Internet access for rural, remote and Indigenous communities, helping to promote economic diversification.

However, rural Alberta municipalities announced in February that they collectively owed $ 245 million in unpaid property taxes from oil and gas companies. These municipalities are responsible for the rural roads and bridges that producers rely on to get their goods to market.

The RMA has called for legislative changes to give municipalities the legal means to recover what is owed to them. Government House Leader Jason Nixon told an Oct. 25 online news conference that a bill will be introduced by Municipal Affairs Minister Ric McIver “focused on tools to recover overdue taxes owed by well sites. He will have more to say specifically about this bill. in the coming days.”

McLauchlin said municipalities must also diversify their tax bases to reduce their dependence on oil and gas. However, Alberta hasn’t always done a good job promoting things like value-added agriculture, he said.

“And I think in order for us to become resilient, whether it’s climate change or the global economic market, I think we find that we need to become more self-reliant … and make sure that we have secured value-added export trade. , and not the shipment (raw products) to another country. “

This will likely involve better integration of different parts of the rural economy, he said. He pointed out that planners are increasingly considering how to use everything from geothermal and renewable energy to waste heat from oil and gas production, to help boost other sectors such as value agriculture. added as part of rural industrial parks.

Such initiatives could also include the provision of wastewater in areas where water is limited, he said. “And nothing becomes waste anymore, but you actually think of it as a circular system.”

Contact doug.ferguson@producer.com

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Hyde-Smith Receives $ 1.87 Million From USDA Rural Development Grants | Mississippi Politics and News https://indicerural.com/hyde-smith-receives-1-87-million-from-usda-rural-development-grants-mississippi-politics-and-news/ https://indicerural.com/hyde-smith-receives-1-87-million-from-usda-rural-development-grants-mississippi-politics-and-news/#respond Mon, 25 Oct 2021 16:29:34 +0000 https://indicerural.com/hyde-smith-receives-1-87-million-from-usda-rural-development-grants-mississippi-politics-and-news/

Grants awarded for distance learning and telehealth projects in three Mississippi school districts

Today, U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith announced more than $ 1.87 million in grants for distance learning and telehealth networks in three rural Mississippi school districts.

The USDA Rural Development Approved Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Program provides grants to the West Point Consolidated School District, Lawrence County School District and Scott County School District for students. telecommunications networks that support distance learning and telehealth services.

Since 1994, the DLT Grants Program has helped establish hundreds of distance learning and telemedicine systems for thousands of residents of rural communities across the country.

Through the DLT program, a total of $ 49,676,058 has been donated to various states for distance education and telemedicine networks in rural areas.

“The lack of improved broadband and telecommunications services in rural Mississippi hinders academic success and limits the benefits of telemedicine,” Hyde-Smith said. “There is an increased effort to increase funding to help rural communities upgrade these necessary technologies, and I am very pleased that these three Mississippi school districts have successfully submitted requests for resources that will benefit the school. all of their communities. “

USDA Rural Development Grants in Mississippi include:

  • West Point Consolidated School District – $ 804,379 for materials to improve access to telemedicine and classroom instruction, including state-of-the-art videoconferencing equipment, interactive whiteboards, technology lecterns for teachers that support learning in line.

  • Lawrence County School District – $ 600,742 for equipment to provide a telemedicine and distance learning network, which would also support access to college courses, dual credit courses, teacher sharing, professional development, courses adult education and manpower training.

  • Scott County School District – $ 466,043 for the equipment of a telemedicine and distance education network that supports basic learning and teaching services, language services, access to mathematics, science and advanced courses (double registration).

USDA Rural Development manages over fifty financial assistance programs for a variety of rural applications such as commercial programs, community facilities programs, water and environment programs, single family housing programs, programs telecommunications, etc.

DLT funds can be used for qualifying fixed assets, such as: broadband facilities; interactive audio, video and video equipment; terminal equipment and data terminals; computer hardware, network components and software; and inside cabling and similar infrastructure that enhance DLT services. Educational programs that constitute capital as well as technical assistance and instructions for the use of eligible equipment may also be obtained through the grant.

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High-level IFAD delegation to visit farmers and review progress of rural development projects in Egypt https://indicerural.com/high-level-ifad-delegation-to-visit-farmers-and-review-progress-of-rural-development-projects-in-egypt/ https://indicerural.com/high-level-ifad-delegation-to-visit-farmers-and-review-progress-of-rural-development-projects-in-egypt/#respond Sun, 24 Oct 2021 13:40:33 +0000 https://indicerural.com/high-level-ifad-delegation-to-visit-farmers-and-review-progress-of-rural-development-projects-in-egypt/

IFAD delegation to meet Egyptian Prime Minister, Minister of Agriculture and Minister of International Cooperation

A high-level delegation comprising members of the Executive Board and senior staff of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) began a week-long official visit to Egypt to observe the impact of IFAD’s investments in the country.

The delegates are representatives of Argentina, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, France, Germany and Nigeria.

“We are proud of our strategic and highly productive partnership with Egypt which marks four decades of a successful model of cooperation aimed at reducing poverty, tackling food insecurity and contributing to resilience and improvement. livelihoods of over eight million rural people, ”said Dina. Saleh, IFAD Regional Director for the Near East, North Africa, Central Asia and Europe Division.

“The contributions of our Member States are crucial to pursue our common goals by supporting rural people, developing rural economies and investing effectively in programs that will help countries end poverty by 2030 as part of their commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), “she added.

The IFAD delegation will visit IFAD-supported projects in Egypt and meet with community members and family farmers in Noubaria, Kafr El Sheik and Amreya to examine the impact of the projects on people’s livelihoods and discuss the challenges. they are facing.

Agriculture is a key sector of the Egyptian economy, providing livelihoods for 57% of the population and directly employing around 26% of the workforce. Agriculture is a vital source of exports and foreign exchange for export earnings. The Egyptian economy has proven to be resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic with a positive GDP growth rate in 2020.

The delegation also plans to meet the Prime Minister, Mostafa Madbouly, the Minister of Agriculture and Land Development, El-Sayed El-Quseir and the Minister of International Cooperation, Rania Al-Mashat.



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Whether investing in broadband, water, sewage, community facilities and housing, the person overseeing the rural development mission area has a wide range of responsibilities. But for the past four years, that post has gone unfilled because former secretary Sonny Perdue decided not to.






Now the new head of USDA rural development efforts wants to highlight the importance and diversity of agricultural countries and “make sure our whole country knows how crucial rural America is to our success.”

Confirmed earlier this month as USDA’s Under Secretary for Rural Development, Xochitl Torres Small brings to the post her Capitol Hill background, something she hopes to build on now that she serves a larger constituency. . The former Congressman and House Ag Committee member spoke with Agri-Pulse from home in New Mexico with packed suitcases for an upcoming move to the nation’s capital after working her first weeks of remote work.

The following conversation has been edited slightly for clarity and brevity.

With so many different programs that you have in your rural development portfolio, how do you try to prioritize and focus areas when you are starting out?

Xochitl Torres Small: You’re absolutely right, rural development does almost everything under the sun for rural communities, so there’s a lot to do. In the beginning it is important for me to get a feel for all the work that is being done, and I am really grateful for my experience as a representative of a rural district to know how crucial rural development is. So we can talk about all the programs they do, but sometimes it’s easier and I think it’s better for rural communities when you think of rural development as a whole. You can contact the field office or we reach out to communities to identify their specific needs and determine how to invest in them, to help bring a community’s vision to life.

So, on rural development priorities, I am deeply grateful to be able to work under the leadership of President (Joe) Biden, Vice President (Kamala) Harris and Secretary of Agriculture (Tom) Vilsack, d ‘be a true ally. for people in rural communities by investing in infrastructure and opportunities that help build back better. A fundamental part of this is supporting rural communities on the front lines of climate change by building resilience to disasters, be they forest fires, droughts or floods, while making smart investments in the face of climate change. climate, such as increasing access to renewable energies and fuel infrastructure, and then creating new income opportunities in these markets.

Furthermore, it is about increasing equity, and rural development plays a key role in this, as many communities across rural America have been left behind. And so, fight for it as we tackle systemic injustices to build a better future for everyone.

During COVID, we saw many hospitals being overwhelmed with a patient load and often overwhelmed with resources. I know Rural Development has a portfolio for community facilities including hospitals, so can you tell us how you start to deploy more funds to help these rural hospitals?

This is such a crucial question, and it is an example where rural development has key resources to help invest. The most common are community facilities; as a rep I worked in the midst of COVID with a rural community that was trying to keep their clinic open and trying to identify resources, and rural development was one of the first places we were. turned. So it is certainly important for investing in future resilience.

Rural development is also putting in place a program that has already been done and getting money to scale up and support hospitals as well as clinics, and to provide vaccinations and to scale up and get some of the support needed for people with AIDS. COVID, or people who are trying to stop the spread of COVID-19.

You mentioned the outreach in some of these rural areas, and I know that has been a big part of them knowing that these programs are options, but you don’t exactly have a lot of staff in place, especially in the area. state level. I know you have temp and temp but what can people expect to find out where you stand with the current staff and where you hope to be maybe six or twelve months from now.

The first thing I want to do is simply acknowledge the amazing public servants who have supported rural development as we struggle to ensure that we have the resources and people in place that we need to accomplish our enormous mission.

I’m the first undersecretary that Rural Development has seen in over four years, so it starts at the top to be able to ensure that we get the investments we need in rural communities.

You also mentioned the directors of state, and that’s so crucial to the mission. I spoke about the importance of the state or the field offices to connect directly with the leaders on the ground, with the people who need these resources. So we worked hard to identify the right people to do this job.

Rural development is a big portfolio, and it’s crucial to find people who have experience in all of these areas, but I’m really excited about the first installment of state directors who have come on board. I actually went the same way they did and it’s exciting to see the kind of people who will lead in the States.

A good example is our new Alabama state manager, Nivory Gordon. He has worked in rural development for three decades, so he knows all of these resources that can help bring a community’s vision to life, but he also has field experience of the importance of supporting people who support. all of America. He is a cattle breeder; he runs the operation with his wife and children. And so this is a good example of the kind of fit that we are looking for in leading rural development at the national level.

Another rural development program is rural broadband. Tell us a little more broadly about how this is going and whether or not you have sufficient resources at the moment.

This is a huge need as we take a look at what infrastructure can help level the playing field so that wherever you are in the country you can compete in the global market, broadband or good internet. reliable is crucial. This is one of the key things we have all achieved amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

I’m so proud of rural development, of the work they’ve done to try to get the money out quickly in the midst of a pandemic, putting together an entirely new program and working to give these awards, and I’m delighted to continue to work with rural development to speed up the process as we can get through a lot of reports that are needed all on the environment and history to get the money.

So when it comes to how to reach these underserved populations, the people who have no internet at all or the people who have the internet, it just doesn’t make sense because it takes so long that you can’t even not make a video, finding the means to access them is a challenge. Rural development has a unique set of skills to achieve this, from pre-existing relationships with rural power cooperatives, to understanding how to work with a hospital and library to bring the internet closer to the latter. kilometer, and understand that sometimes it is not always the maps that will have the best information but it is the people on the ground. Rural development is therefore a crucial partner and will coordinate with the other entities that take up this broadband challenge, be it (the National Telecommunications and Information Administration) or (the Federal Communications Commission), ensuring that we are all working together, and there is strong coordination.

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UN team to visit farmers and review progress of rural development projects in Egypt https://indicerural.com/un-team-to-visit-farmers-and-review-progress-of-rural-development-projects-in-egypt/ https://indicerural.com/un-team-to-visit-farmers-and-review-progress-of-rural-development-projects-in-egypt/#respond Sat, 23 Oct 2021 17:59:12 +0000 https://indicerural.com/un-team-to-visit-farmers-and-review-progress-of-rural-development-projects-in-egypt/

ROME – A high-level delegation made up of board members and senior staff of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) began a week-long official visit to Egypt on Saturday, to observe the impact of IFAD’s investments in the country.

The delegates are representatives of Argentina, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, France, Germany and Nigeria.

“We are proud of our strategic and highly productive partnership with Egypt which marks four decades of a successful model of cooperation aimed at reducing poverty, tackling food insecurity and contributing to resilience and improvement. livelihoods of over eight million rural people, ”said Dina. Saleh, IFAD Regional Director for the Near East, North Africa, Central Asia and Europe Division.

“The contributions of our Member States are crucial to pursue our common goals by supporting rural people, developing rural economies and investing effectively in programs that will help countries end poverty by 2030 as part of their commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), “she added.

The IFAD delegation will visit IFAD-supported projects in the country and meet with community members and family farmers in Noubaria, Kafr El Sheik and Amreya to examine the impact of the projects on people’s livelihoods and discuss the challenges they face.

IFAD currently has three ongoing projects in Egypt; Promoting Resilience in Desert Environments (PRIDE); Investments and livelihoods in sustainable agriculture (SAIL); and the Rural Income Promotion by Improving Markets (PRIME) project.

IFAD is investing $ 203.47 million in these rural development projects out of a total cost of $ 284.49 million. The projects are expected to benefit more than 616,000 people in rural areas.

Agriculture is a key sector of the Egyptian economy, providing livelihoods for 57 percent of the population and directly employing around 26 percent of the workforce.

Agriculture is a vital source of exports and foreign exchange for export earnings. The Egyptian economy has proven to be resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic with a positive GDP growth rate in 2020.

IFAD continues to build on the experience of its previous projects and programs to improve the livelihoods of rural populations and strengthen national food security, by supporting the colonization of land reclaimed from the desert in the Lower (North) of Egypt, and supporting productivity improvements in the old lands of the Nile Valley and Upper Egypt.

Under the Western Nubaria Rural Development Project (WNRDP), IFAD supported 46,833 households and contributed to the Egyptian government settlement program by creating and / or rehabilitating 82 social infrastructure, including schools, health centers. health centers, youth centers, kindergartens and religious centers.

The Fund’s interventions consist in particular in seeking to allow a more sustainable and more efficient use of natural resources, in particular water management; promote climate smart strategies; and take advantage of the opportunities offered by the increasing involvement of the private sector in agriculture.

The delegation also plans to meet Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, Minister of Agriculture and Land Development El-Sayed El-Quseir and Minister of International Cooperation Rania Al-Mashat.

Egypt is the largest recipient of IFAD financial assistance in the Near East and North Africa, and was one of the first countries to receive funding from the Fund.

In February 2021, Egypt was re-elected at the 44th session of the Governing Council of IFAD as a member of the IFAD Executive Board for a further four-year term (2021-2024).

Since 1978, IFAD has supported rural poverty reduction in Egypt through 14 development programs and projects with a total value of $ 1.1 billion, of which $ 519.28 million, reaching over 7 millions of people.

These interventions have led to innovations and replicable solutions that have helped build the resilience of smallholder farmers and other rural populations and build rural communities. – SG

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Over the years, the disparities between urban and rural areas have been very significant. From infrastructure to healthcare, IT to other basic equipment, the gap between the two has not been the same. This gap has seriously made rural areas less developed compared to urban areas. Many rural areas are facing problems such as sanitation, public health care. Social media can still find a relevant place in the midst of these gaps. In India, for example, social media has affected all spheres of life for rural people: from their livelihoods to their healthcare, from traditions to social campaigns. (Wikipedia)

Many people have defined social media networks from time to time. But overall, most people find social media to be synonymous with social media. Social media are websites and applications that allow users to create and share content or participate in social networks. According to Wikipedia, these are interactive technologies that allow the creation / sharing of information, ideas, interests and other forms of expression through communities and virtual networks. Some of the most popular include Facebook, Whatsapp, Youtube, Instagram, Twitter, among others. The role of social media, like anything else, has its negative impact and its positive impact on development, although one can far outweigh the other. In this article, we will look at the roles that social media can play in rural development.

Innovation and social media technologies are propelling new solutions in terms of distance from markets for agricultural goods and products, from their transport. The puzzle of getting agricultural products to cities despite bad roads is a challenge. The tendency for some of the goods to rot is very high. They can now operate social media apps, especially Facebook, which seems to be pretty basic for people with low literacy and very user-friendly for uploading their wares, goods, and products. This makes it attractive for people and food production industries to access and spare rural dwellers the pains of coming to town without a ready-made market. It opens the particular rural establishment of this kind.

In addition, it encouraged the political participation of rural people outside of the usual voting days. Access to social media has helped them see what’s going on in the political space. At least the literate people in the community are aware of and have similar relationships with other members of the community. This helps to embolden them and make them aware of asking for fundamental rights to equipment and not just waiting for their homes to be accessible only when voting.

It is worth noting how social media has propelled entertainment and fashion to rural areas. This has significantly reduced the disparity that was quite obvious in terms of “knowing what’s going on” when the rural dwellers come to the city. When it comes to the latest secular or spiritual songs, slang, artists, band-aids and hairstyles, social media has helped bridge the gap to a large extent.

Social media has helped spread the mission and vision of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the global goals. It is a universal call to action by the United Nations to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity. It has 17 pillars some of which include climate action, quality education, clean water and sanitation, among others. The SDGs are disseminated daily by volunteers and non-governmental associations committed to one of its pillars or another. Some of the ways they are disseminated for awareness and action is by putting them on different social media platforms. This awareness in the minds of the population is helping more volunteers move out of urban dwellings that might have had their homes in rural settlements to look inside. They return to seek support and ensure that these goals are met in their villages, thus propelling development in these rural communities.

When social media is used properly, the scope of development it can enable rural settlements will be quite large. As it is commonly said, “The world is now a global village. This saying is true especially with the way different social media have exposed all humans to each other.

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USDA Under Secretary Xochitl Torres Small Brings New Enthusiasm to Rural Development https://indicerural.com/usda-under-secretary-xochitl-torres-small-brings-new-enthusiasm-to-rural-development/ https://indicerural.com/usda-under-secretary-xochitl-torres-small-brings-new-enthusiasm-to-rural-development/#respond Sat, 23 Oct 2021 10:41:20 +0000 https://indicerural.com/usda-under-secretary-xochitl-torres-small-brings-new-enthusiasm-to-rural-development/

Confirmed earlier this month as USDA’s Under Secretary for Rural Development, Xochitl Torres Small brings to the post her Capitol Hill experience, something she hopes to build on now that she serves a larger constituency. The former congressman – and member of the House Ag Committee – spoke to Agri-Pulse from her home in New Mexico with suitcases filled for an upcoming move to the nation’s capital after working her first weeks on the job at distance.

The following conversation has been edited slightly for clarity and brevity.

Q: With so many different programs that you have in your rural development portfolio, how do you try to prioritize and focus areas when you are starting out?

A: You’re absolutely right, Rural Development does almost everything under the sun for rural communities, so there is a lot to do. In the beginning it is important for me to get a feel for all the work that is being done, and I am really grateful for my experience as a representative of a rural district to know how crucial rural development is. So we can talk about all the programs they do, but sometimes it’s easier – and I think it’s better for rural communities – when you think of rural development as a whole. You can contact the field office or we reach out to communities to identify their specific needs and determine how to invest in them, to help bring a community’s vision to life.

So, on rural development priorities, I am deeply grateful to be able to work under the leadership of President (Joe) Biden, Vice President (Kamala) Harris and Secretary of Agriculture (Tom) Vilsack, d ‘be a true ally. for people in rural communities by investing in infrastructure and opportunities that help build back better. A fundamental part of this is supporting rural communities on the front lines of climate change by building resilience to disasters, be they forest fires, droughts or floods, while making smart investments in the face of climate change. climate, such as increasing access to renewable energies and fuel infrastructure, and then creating new income opportunities in these markets.

Furthermore, it is about increasing equity, and rural development plays a key role in this, as many communities across rural America have been left behind. And so, fight for it as we tackle systemic injustices to build a better future for everyone.

Q: During COVID, we have seen many hospitals overwhelmed with a patient load and often overwhelmed with resources. I know RD has a portfolio for community facilities including hospitals, so can you tell us how you start to deploy more funds to help these rural hospitals?

This is such a crucial question, and it is an example where rural development has key resources to help invest. The most common are community facilities; as a rep I worked in the midst of COVID with a rural community that was trying to keep their clinic open and trying to identify resources, and rural development was one of the first places we were. turned. So it is certainly important for investing in future resilience.

Rural development is also setting up a program – it has already done so – and getting money to scale up and support hospitals as well as clinics, and to provide vaccines and to scale up and get some of the support needed by people. people with COVID, or people who are trying to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Q: You mentioned the outreach in some of these rural areas, and I know that has been an important part for them to know that these programs are options, but you don’t exactly have a lot of staff in place, in particularly at the state level. I know you have temp and temp but what can people expect to find out where you stand with the current staff and where you hope to be maybe six or twelve months from now.

The first thing I want to do is simply acknowledge the amazing public servants who have supported rural development as we struggle to ensure that we have the resources and people in place that we need to accomplish our enormous mission.

I’m the first undersecretary that Rural Development has seen in over four years, so it starts at the top to be able to ensure that we get the investments we need in rural communities.

You also mentioned the directors of state, and that’s so crucial to the mission. I spoke about the importance of the state or the field offices to connect directly with the leaders on the ground, with the people who need these resources. So we worked hard to identify the right people to do this job.

Rural development is a big portfolio, and finding people who have experience in all of these areas is crucial, but I’m really excited about the first installment of state directors who have joined us – I have in has followed the same direction as them – and it’s exciting to see the kind of people who will lead in the United States.

A good example is our new Alabama state manager, Nivory Gordon. He has worked in rural development for three decades, so he knows all of these resources that can help bring a community’s vision to life, but he also has field experience of the importance of supporting people who support. all of America. He is a cattle breeder; he runs the operation with his wife and children. And so this is a good example of the kind of fit that we are looking for in leading rural development at the national level.

Q: Another rural development program is rural broadband. Tell us a little more broadly about how this is going and whether or not you have sufficient resources at the moment.

This is a huge need as we take a look at what infrastructure can help level the playing field so that wherever you are in the country you can compete in the global market, broadband or good internet. reliable is crucial. This is one of the key things we have all achieved amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

I’m so proud of rural development, of the work they’ve done to try to get the money out quickly in the midst of a pandemic, putting together an entirely new program and working to give these awards, and I’m delighted to continue working with rural development to speed up the process as we can get through a lot of reports that are needed – all environmental and historical reports – to get the money.

So when it comes to how to reach these underserved populations, the people who have no internet at all or the people who have the internet, it just doesn’t make sense because it takes so long that you can’t even not make a video, finding the means to access them is a challenge. Rural development has a unique set of skills to achieve this, from pre-existing relationships with rural power cooperatives, to understanding how to work with a hospital and library to bring the internet closer to the latter. kilometer, and understand that sometimes it is not always the maps that will have the best information but it is the people on the ground. Rural development is therefore a crucial partner and will coordinate with the other entities that take up this broadband challenge, be it (the National Telecommunications and Information Administration) or (the Federal Communications Commission), ensuring that we are all working together, and there is strong coordination.

Editor’s Note: Spencer Chase contributed to this report. Wyant is President and Founder of Agri-Pulse Communications Inc. For more information, visit www.Agri-Pulse.com.

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