FSN Forum

DISCUSSION No. 148   •   FSN Forum digest No. 1342

Eradicating extreme poverty: what is the role of agriculture?


Dear Members,

This lively discussion on Eradicating extreme poverty: what is the role of agriculture? has come to a close.

Please find below the latest contributions and the concluding note of our facilitators, Maya and Ana Paula from FAO's Strategic Programme on Rural Poverty Reduction.

For a complete overview, please refer to the discussion webpage.

We look forward to our next exchanges!

Your FSN Forum team

Maya Takagi and Ana Paula de la O Campos, facilitators of the discussion

Dear members of the Forum,

We would like to thank you all, on behalf of FAO’s Strategic Programme on Rural Poverty Reduction, for your valuable contributions for this on line discussion. It was really rich of different elements and contexts, encompassing all the regions in the world and ranging from broad conceptual contributions to specific concrete approaches and solutions on the ground, at country level. Summing all, we can surely have a better picture of what is needed to eradicate extreme poverty from the agriculture angle.

We would like also to thank the FSN Forum moderators for the valuable work in making the summary and the digest of each of the contributions. We will consider all comments received for the finalization of the FAO Extreme Poverty Framework and Strategy Plan, which we will disseminate to participants to the discussion and to interested Forum members.

Ana Paula and Maya


iconOlabisi Omodara, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

Olabisi comments on the ability of agriculture to lift people out of extreme poverty pointing at the fact that access to land and land tenure systems operating in poor countries create a major limitation that only favourable policies can stop.

Read the contribution

iconAgape Ishabakaki, Tanzania

Agape draws attention to the need to introduce effective Crop Insurance for farmers to prevent people falling into poverty due to natural calamities or climate change related events.

Read the contribution

iconLily Dora Núñez de la Torre Caller, Asociacion De Mujeres Indigenas Tawantinsuyo, Peru

Lily Dora elaborates on agriculture and extreme poverty in Peru, a country with ancestral agricultural tradition, and regrets that policies do not focus enough on the needs and problems of producers.

Read the contribution

iconRejaul Karim, South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation, Nepal

Rejaul shares some observations on aspects to be considered when addressing the agriculture and extreme poverty nexus such as: land fragmentation which prevents agriculture to fully support households, the fact that crop agriculture does not ensure full time all year round employment, the average payments in the sector which are low, etc.

Read the contribution

iconGisèle Yasmeen, University of British Columbia and Royal Roads University, Canada

Gisèle draws attention to a recent report on micro, small and medium enterprises in agri-food in the Philippines, Vietnam and Peru commissioned by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, which focuses on how strengthening sustainable agri-food systems can play an important role in lifting the poorest of poor out of poverty, particularly in rural areas.

Read the contribution

iconMylene Rodríguez Leyton, Universidad Metropolitana de Barranquilla, Colombia

Mylene elaborates on the questions sharing the points of view of the Nutrition and Dietetics Program and the Food and Human Behavior Group, at the Metropolitan University of Barranquilla, Colombia. Amongst others, she presents the recently launched agricultural policy "Colombia Siembra" which commits to a new rebirth of the Colombian countryside and which builds on lessons learned regarding the eradication of poverty.

Read the contribution

iconGeorgina Bingham Zivanovic, Vestergaard, Switzerland

Georgina presents Vestergaard's projects which are supporting families below the poverty level with a very small amount of land, outlining a possible platform for an anti-poverty starter kit and a new strategy for local warehousing that they are developing together with local partners in Kenya.

Read the contribution

iconKV Peter, Kerala Agricultural University, India

KV Peter shares the introduction to a forthcoming book titled "Zero Hunger India: Policies and Perspectives"

Read the contribution

iconYubo Xu, The Permanent Representation of the People's Rupublic of China to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, Italy

Yubo presents the role of rural revitalization in eradicating extreme poverty: in the experience of China, rural revitalization means business revitalization which nowadays is focused on high quality and green agriculture production. He also highlights that rural revitalization requires other sectors to flourish in parallel to agriculture and the multifunction nature of agriculture.

Read the contribution

iconThatchinamoorthy C, Annamalai University, India

Thatchinamoorthy presents an overview on agriculture in India and poverty eradication, which highlights the features of the sector and the efforts made to increase farmer's income and improve extension service delivery.

Read the contribution

iconLaura L. Dawson, Food Physics & Body Dynamics LLC, USA

Laura contributes her expert view particularly from an USA perspective, where home gardens and food banks have helped to support poor households but where problems persist in rural areas also due to lack of policy attention.

Read the contribution

iconOlumide Odeyemi, Nigeria

Agriculture can help in lifting people out of poverty provided that people are educated on how to engage in basic farming and technological innovations are made accessible, in Olumide's opinion.

Read the contribution

iconMalika Bounfour, Morocco

In this contribution Malika focuses on food losses and particularly on how to prevent them in olive harvest and shares a relevant document.

Read the contribution