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The Zero Hunger Race – one, two, three, GO!


Transforming rural, agricultural and food systems

The race to feed the world’s population has started, Preeti Ahuja, Sector Manager for the World Bank, told those gathered at a Side Event of the 43rd session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). The topic of the event, “Policies for Effective Rural Transformation, Agricultural and Food System Transition” is based on this indisputable fact.

Event moderator Mr. David Neven, from the FAO, said that rural agricultural areas will become increasingly important, and systems approaches may be the way forward to achieve a hunger free world by 2030.

So what should be done?

In the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, rural transformation will be essential in the developing world. Rural transformation covers those processes which create higher-income societies from lower-income ones. Agriculture has a key role, by producing food and other products from renewable resources, but also in providing new jobs.

Previous experiences clearly showed that there are different ways (patterns) for the various regions and countries to undergo rural transformation. Accordingly, science and engineering have a responsibility to discover, evaluate and select the most appropriate solutions for the given regions. This analysis and decision support must consider the population growth, characteristics, resources and limitations of the given region or country, as well as the external effects of climate change.

Read the full post on the CFS website here.

Blogpost by Monika Varga, #CFS43 Social Reporter –

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. Monika Varga is one of five YPARD members who was fully sponsored by GFAR to participate in the GFAR social media bootcamp and to attend CFS as a social reporter from 17-21 October 2016. 

The post represents the author’s views only. 

Photo: Rural youth in Liberia – courtesy: USAID Food and Enterprise Development Program for Liberia (FED) / Nico Parkinson

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