Fostering Inclusive Rural Transformations

Fostering inclusive rural transformation
Today IFAD launches Rural Development Report 2016: Fostering inclusive rural transformation. It is IFAD’s flagship publication bringing together leading thinkers to analyse lessons learnt from experiences across the globe, and to look at rural development in a new way. 

This report comes at a time of major change in the world. Structural shifts in the global economy, increased urbanization, climate change and protracted conflicts have altered the development landscape. While poverty has decreased, inequality has increased and forced displacement has become a global crisis. 

Against this backdrop, world leaders have agreed to ambitious goals to end extreme poverty and hunger by 2030. This cannot be done without developing rural areas and investing in smallholder farmers who are key to food security. 

Rural Development Report 2016 looks at how to bring rural people into the economic mainstream and how to transform rural areas so that development is not only inclusive but also socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.

Rural transformation is not automatic. It is a choice. And the choices made by governments and development practitioners have an enormous impact on the lives of people and nations. 

Based on extensive research, this report provides a solid foundation on which to base these choices.  
  • It examines 62 countries and looks at their development in the context of rural transformation, as well as the structural transformation of the wider economy. 
  • It also demonstrates the interconnectedness between rural and urban development.
I invite you to browse the report here and share it with your colleagues and networks. I trust that this report will create real dialogue about how to sustainably and inclusively develop rural areas. I hope that every person, every government and every organization engaged in the battle against poverty and hunger will read it and act on its findings.

Kanayo F. Nwanze
President of IFAD

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