In recent years there has been a shift in development away from agriculture. Governments, donors and NGOs have focused their efforts more on areas like education, health and water. Why is this? In some countries it is because all the resources invested in agriculture for many years have made little impact. Agricultural production in many countries remains poor, farmers’ incomes are low and migration from rural to urban areas continues.
So does agriculture, whether in rural or urban areas, matter? We believe that the answer is definitely yes! Many of the world’s poor depend on farming for most of their food and income. There is a strong link between improving agricultural production and helping people out of extreme poverty.
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