"Better future" likely for countryside with private cash boostListen /
More private investment alongside public funding will provide a "better future" for rural people.
That's one of the key ideas behind a two-day conference beginning in Rome on Wednesday dedicated to rural economic development, hosted by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
The international meeting entitled, Investing in Inclusive Rural Transformation: Innovative Approaches to Financing, is geared towards realizing the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, by better supporting smallholder farmers across the world.
IFAD's Director of Global Engagement, Ashwani Muthoo, told Matthew Wells what the main aims of the conference were.