FAO Policy Series: Rural Poverty Reduction

Seventy-five percent of the world’s poorest people live in rural areas. The agricultural sector therefore has a key role to play in poverty reduction and improving rural lives.

Maya Takagi, Deputy Leader of the FAO Strategic Programme on Rural Poverty Reduction, together with Ana Paula De La O Campos, Programme Adviser, explain the importance of promoting inclusive economic growth; long-term support to the rural poor; social protection; empowerment of rural women; decent rural employment; equitable access to land and resources; and strengthening rural institutions are key in creating new income generating opportunities.