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Time for a holistic approach to rural poverty


Can we be more innovative in how we approach rural transformation? That was the key question in my mind after attending a Side Event on the topic, part of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS) held in Rome this week.

The event, “Policies for Effective Rural Transformation, Agricultural and Food System Transition” aimed to discuss experiences of multi sectoral policy approaches for sustainable development, food security and nutrition and poverty reduction across sectors and developing regions.  It featured a panel of economists, policy and senior managers from development agencies including IFAD, the World Bank and the OECD. But the session left some of us in the audience wanting more and asking whether what was being discussed was truly innovative enough.

It was a big issue and an ambitious task: to discuss how structural transformation might lift the rural poor out of poverty. Nonetheless, the session could have delved more into agricultural and food system transitions, as well as looking at urban and rural linkages.

As one of those attending the session  told me afterwards, it was nice to hear the perspectives of the major organizations  represented on the panel, so that we are all “speaking the same language,” but she also the need to “build a bridge” between academia and the policy world.

In fact, the idea of rural transformation involving much more than just agriculture has been discussed in academia and policy circles for years. The discussions held in this side event, however, seemed to treat the concept as a novelty.

Read the full post on the CFS website here



Blogpost by Samie Blasingame, #CFS43 Social Reporter – samieblasingame(at)

Picture: Hut in Amarapura, Myanmar (courtesy amanderson2 on Flickr)

This post is part of the live coverage during the 43rd Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), a project GFAR is running in collaboration with CFS. This post is written by one of our social reporters, and represents the author’s views only. 

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