IFAD: Achieving a sustainable future for all - Rural transformation and the post-2015 agenda

Neither global food security nor poverty eradication can be achieved without rural development. The world is becoming increasingly urban, yet cities are still fed by the people working the land in rural areas. And rural areas are changing, as higher returns from agriculture attract more investment and create new opportunities.

IFAD’s experience shows that investing in rural people and in agriculture can ensure a real return on investment in terms of food security and poverty reduction. We know that market-oriented, profitable and environmentally sustainable smallholder agriculture can spur economic growth in developing countries and lift millions out of poverty.

In the world’s 49 least developed countries, agriculture is the backbone of the economy, accounting for 30 to 60 percent of gross domestic product and employing as much as 70 percent or more of the workforce. And smallholders in developing countries play a key role in protecting our environment, providing a wide range of environmental services that contribute to carbon sequestration and limit carbon emissions.

More and more, the development community is realising that we cannot move forward if we continue to think of agriculture and rural areas as backward, or marginal. This change in our mindset needs to be embraced by developed and developing countries alike.

Kanayo F. Nwanze, President, IFAD 'Fishing for our Future' opinion editorial on Thomson Reuters Foundation news.

On 18 February IFAD conference on 'Achieving a sustainable future for all: Rural transformation and the post-2015 agenda' Read more

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On 19-20 February the 37th Session of IFAD's Governing Council will take place with a focus on 'Investing in small holder family farmers...for the future we want'.