The critical role of smallholder farmers and rural people

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The programme, “Accelerating Progress Toward the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women

IFAD Note Highlights Role of Rural Transformation in Achieving Post-2015 Agenda


Smallholder farmers and rural people can play a critical role in achieving the post-2015 development agenda, according to a concept note by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). ‘Rural transformation: Key to sustainable development’ stresses the role of targeting rural areas and reducing rural-urban inequalities to achieve sustainable development and eradicate poverty and hunger.

Vietnam - Ha Giang Development Project for Ethnic Minorities -  women comprise more than 40 per cent of the agricultural labour http://www.ifad.org/media/events/2013/images/women_asia.jpg
Vietnam – Ha Giang Development Project for Ethnic Minorities – women comprise more than 40 per cent of the agricultural labour – http://www.ifad.org/media/events/2013/images/women_asia.jpg

IFAD prepared the concept note in preparation for its 38th session of the Governing Council, which will focus on rural transformation as a key to sustainable development.

Rural women can be the drivers within sustainable, community-led development – they are often the ones working the most hard to feed their communities! - https://indievolunteer.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/investing-african-agriculture.jpg
Rural women can be the drivers within sustainable, community-led development – they are often the ones working the most hard to feed their communities! – https://indievolunteer.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/investing-african-agriculture.jpg

Economic diversification, innovations in production, modern technology use and expanded access to modern supply chains are key features of rural transformation, according to the note. It explains that IFAD invests in four key areas to advance inclusive and sustainable rural transformation: promoting diversification and resilience; advancing gender equality and empowering women; building sustainable food systems; and enhancing rural-urban connectivity and linkages. The concept note argues for addressing unequal power relations, social exclusion and access to a range of productive assets as part of strategies to address persistent poverty.


 

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Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.