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Around 2.6 billion people in the developing world face difficulties in accessing electricity full time.
Up to 1.5 billion people in the world do not have access to reliable phone services.
783 million people do not have access to clean and safe water, 84% of them live in rural areas.
Almost 80 percent of the world’s poorest people live outside of towns and cities.

Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

In developing nations, rural areas are home to the majority of people, most of whom depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. However, limited connectivity and access to markets as a result of isolation and weak infrastructure affects the livelihoods and food security of small-scale producers.

Targeted interventions aimed at diversifying employment into non-agricultural activities, and providing small-scale producers with affordable access to technologies and infrastructure are essential to accelerating poverty reduction. Growth of non-farm activities is often driven by agricultural growth and can stimulate local employment creation. Resources channelled to small cities and towns can play a catalytic role in rural transformation, as points of intermediation and agro-industrial development.

FAO promotes sustainable development in rural communities through investments in transportation, storage, irrigation and communication technologies. Improving rural infrastructure, and strengthening markets and rural-urban linkages can contribute to a more interconnected and vibrant society, while slowing the exodus of rural people to cities. 

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FAO Publications

Territorial tools for agro-industry development

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The State of Food and Agriculture

In adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development two years ago, the international community committed itself to eradicating hunger and poverty and to achieving other important goals, including making agriculture sustainable, securing healthy lives and decent work for all, reducing inequality, and making economic growth inclusive. [...]

Technical and investment guidelines for milk cooling centres

This publication focuses on the planning, feasibility, start-up and operation of milk cooling centres (MCCs). It reviews small-scale milk cooling and preservation technologies employed[...]

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