Spotlight on rural transformation at IFAD

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Farmers. Photo: IFAD

Rural transformation is coming under the spotlight at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Rome on Monday.

The agency is convening the 38th session of the IFAD Governing Council and is focusing on how rural development is key to sustainable development.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

While an estimated 70 per cent of the world's population will be living in urban areas by 2050, IFAD says smallholder farmers have enormous potential to contribute to sustainable development and food security.

Urban and rural areas cannot succeed without each other, it adds.

Held annually, IFAD says this year's two-day meeting is taking place at a critical juncture for development.

The definition of new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provides an opportunity to achieve development that is inclusive, sustainable and people-centred, it explains.

The UN estimates that three-quarters of the poor and hungry people in the world live in the rural areas of developing countries.

IFAD is the only UN agency that invests exclusively in rural areas.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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