IFAD launches new podcast aimed at rural communities

ROME – This week the Independent Office of Evaluation of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) launched "Roots", a podcast devised to spread the voice of rural workers in their own communities and worldwide.

 Monthly, “Roots” will present a new episode promoting the stories regarding beneficiaries of IFAD’s support and evaluating development project in different regions.

"This podcast is intended to share with rural communities the human stories living behind each effort made to reduce poverty and promote sustainability of economic activities in rural areas," Oscar A. García, director of the Office Independent Evaluation of IFAD, said.

"Roots is an opportunity to learn and to allow rural communities to observe what is working well, what it is not, why, and what needs to be improved to promote a sustainable and inclusive rural development," Garcia stated.

The podcast will be produced in the local language of the visited country and will be four minutes long in order to facilitate use by radio stations.

“Roots” will focus on the Department of San Martin, in Peru's High Rainforest and the Toledo District and Stann Creek, in Belize, in the first two episodes.