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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.

Industry innovation and infrastructure

Investments in infrastructure – transportation, irrigation, storage facilities, energy, electrification and communication technology – are crucial to achieving sustainable development and empowering communities in many countries. It has long been recognized that growth in productivity and incomes, and improvements in food security, health and education require investment in infrastructure and market facilities.

Almost 80 percent of poor people in the world live outside of towns and cities. In developing nation, rural areas are home to the majority of people, most of whom depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. Limited connectivity and access to markets as a result of isolation and weak infrastructure has a direct impact on the incomes and livelihoods of small-scale producers. Without infrastructure for transportation, storage, cooling and markets, fresh products like fruits, vegetables, meat and fish straight from the farm or after the catch can spoil quickly.

Investment in rural infrastructure, diversifying rural employment and improving rural-urban linkages can contribute to a more interconnected and vibrant society, while slowing the exodus of rural people to cities. Creating opportunities for sustainable rural livelihoods can ensure growth is inclusive and balanced in a country.

Small-scale producers in rural communities are often the most isolated and vulnerable to food insecurity. Targeted interventions aimed at diversifying employment into non-agricultural activities, and providing smallholders with affordable access to technologies and infrastructure to sustainably transform food systems are essential to accelerating poverty reduction. Growth of non-farm activities is often driven by agricultural growth and can stimulate local employment creation.

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