Agriculture, Rural Employment and Inclusive Growth (SID NL Chapter)

SID Netherland Chpater lecture series on Agriculture, Rural Employment and Inclusive Growth in cooperation with the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague.

SID Netherlands Chapter has recently launched the short lecture series Agriculture, Rural Employment and Inclusive Growth in cooperation with the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. The aim of this lecture series is to bring together critical minds within the field of rural development studies as valuable input into the academic and policy debate surrounding agriculture and food security. The lecture series is part of Food First, a programme supported by NCDO aiming to put the food and agriculture-issue at the heart of the political debate.

The failure of government policy to recognize the structural nature of poverty and inequality has led to the steady erosion of (rural) livelihoods and a deep polarization of South African society, Andries du Toit (Director of the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, PLAAS) pointed out during the inaugural lecture, which focused on the topic of poverty and inequality in South Africa.

On the occasion of the second lecture, the IFAD's 2011 Rural Poverty Report was officially launched, at the presence of Kevin Cleaver, the Associate Vice President at IFAD. Mr. Cleaver stressed the need to think at a new approach to smallholder agriculture that is both market-oriented and sustainable. Poor smallholder farmers and rural entrepreneurs are essential to bring prosperity to their communities and increase food security to the world.

The lecture series will continue in October. Click here to view the summary reports.

To learn more how to take part in the activities and how to become a member of the Chapter, please visit the SID NL Chapter blog-site.