Friday, November 9, 2007

Agriculture for Development at the Bank

"For the first time in 25 years, the World Development Report this year is focusing on agriculture and development. Major changes have occurred since then that make the role of agriculture and its priorities for development quite different. What has not changed, however, is the central role that agriculture can play to trigger growth and to reduce world poverty, which is still overwhelmingly rural and will be so for the decades to come.

The main message for this report is that agriculture is vital for development, and what we need to bring is a smallholder-based productivity revolution to Africa in order to trigger growth."

Download the full text of the WDR here. I haven't read it yet and will review it later, but here's the link for the press briefing and the Q&A sessions.

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