A new report by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has identified rural areas as key to economic growth in developing countries.

“Fulfilling the 2030 Agenda depends crucially on progress in rural areas, which is where most of the poor and hungry live,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, in his foreword to the report.

This State of Food and Agriculture 2017 report argues that ‘sweeping transformations’ could unlock the potential of rural areas to help feed and employ a younger, more crowded planet, therefore preventing the drain of labour force from rural areas, which have been previously long seen as poverty traps.


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