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20/09/2005

Spurring economic growth through agricultural investment - Global Donor Platform works to improve aid effectiveness and


Michael Wales, Principal Adviser of FAOs Investment Centre, explains why investment in rural areas is key to tackling poverty and talks about one initiative that is working to ensure that agriculture is front and centre on the poverty alleviation agenda.

FAO continues to drive home the message that more funds must be directed towards agriculture and rural development if countries are to meet the first Millennium Development Goal of halving by 2015 the number of people living in extreme poverty and suffering from hunger. Why is the focus on rural areas so important?

More information at: http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2005/107782/index.html