FAO Liaison Office in New York

13 February 2017, New York

A comprehensive approach is necessary to end hunger and poverty, and the rural poor should be the primary agents of change in this effort to achieve sustainable development, said FAO Assistant Director-General, Mr. Kostas Stamoulis, during a technical briefing held this week in New York.

“The world has nearly 800 million people suffering from hunger and poverty, and most of them live in rural areas and depend to some extent on agriculture,” Stamoulis said. “Agriculture has an enormous potential as source of decent jobs, especially for the rural youth, and as a driver of inclusive, sustainable development,” stated Mr. Stamoulis.

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