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15 October: International Day of Rural Women

The International Day of Rural Women is observed annually across the world on 15 October to recognize the critical role and contribution of rural women.

Significance of the day: Highlights the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women in enhancing rural and agricultural development, eradicating rural poverty and improving food security.

2016 Theme:Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too”. It tries to bring focus on farmers, pastoralists and fishers who are standing on the frontlines of food insecurity due to climate changed due to temperatures rise.

The United Nations also calls for empowering rural women as a pre-requisite for fulfilling the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals (SGD) which aims at ending poverty and hunger, achieve food security and empower all women and girls.

Why International Day of Rural Women is celebrated?

  • Rural women, make up over a quarter of the total world population. Majority of them depend on natural resources and agriculture for their livelihood.
  • In developing countries, rural women represent approximately 43% of the agricultural labour force. They produce, prepare and process much of the food available, thereby giving them primary responsibility for food security.
  • Thus it is important to recognise the contribution and significant role played by these rural women in food security and poverty elevation.
  • It is also necessary for ensuring rural women’s access to productive agricultural resources contributes to decreasing world hunger and poverty.

Background: The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on 15 October 2008. The day was constituted by the UN General Assembly by passing resolution 62/136 in December 2007.


Union Cabinet gives nod to Tripartite Agreement of IBSA Fund for the Alleviation of Poverty and Hunger

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing of the Tripartite Agreement on the IBSA Fund for the Alleviation of Poverty and Hunger.

The IBSA fund for the Alleviation of Poverty and Hunger was set up in 2004 by three member countries India, Brazil and South Africa for South-South cooperation.

Key facts

  • The IBSA Fund undertakes development projects in third countries and the first project under it will be financed for the support of agriculture and livestock development.
  • Contribution of IBSA countries: Each member country will contribute US$ 1 million annually for the IBSA Fund.
  • Till January 2015 the total amount accumulated in the fund was 28.2 million US dollars. So far, India on its part has contributed total 9.1 million US dollars to the Fund.
  • The total fund used for implemented or approved projects is around 26.2 million US dollars. Remaining 2.09 million US dollars is available for programming.
  • The fund is one of the three pillars of cooperation under the IBSA Dialogue Forum for South-South cooperation. The other two pillars are consultation and coordination on global political issues and trilateral collaboration in concrete areas and projects.

The IBSA Fund was awarded with South-South Partnership Award at the 2006 UN Day in December 2006. The award indicates the importance of the IBSA Fund in the context of South-South developmental cooperation.


The IBSA Dialogue Forum was launched in June 2003. It is an international tripartite grouping  for promoting international cooperation among three vibrant democracies and developing countries of the south viz India, Brazil and South Africa that are recognized for having global relevance and impact.

The forum provides these three countries a common platform to engage in discussions for cooperation in the various fields incuding agriculture, trade, culture, and defence among others.


17 October: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Every year 17 October is being observed as International Day for the Eradication of Poverty throughout the world.

Significance of Day: The Day seeks to promote awareness among people to eradicate poverty and destitution around the world particularly in developing countries.

2015 Theme: Building a sustainable future: Coming together to end poverty and discrimination.

The theme is a special one as it eradication of poverty is one of the 17 ambitious Sustainable Development Goals adopted in September 2015.


  • The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty was observed for first time in 1993.
  • It was established after United Nations General Assembly had passed resolution in this regard in 1992.
  • This day is observed and promoted to create awareness to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries.