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Rural Poverty


"There has never been a more important time to address rural poverty in developing countries. It looks likely that global food security and climate change will be among the key issues of the 21st century. As agricultural producers and custodians of a large share of the world's natural resources, poor rural people have key roles to play, contributing not only to global food security and economic growth, but also to climate change mitigation efforts."

– Kanayo Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development

"...Poverty remains largely a rural problem, and a majority of the world's poor will live in rural areas for many decades to come."

– Rural Poverty Report 2011, p. 47

"[Poverty] means the person is stuck. You cannot go anywhere or do anything to get out of the situation. You are not in a mood to rejoice. You can get rough with your children. You fear the future."

– Abibatou Goudiaby, female, 21 years, Senegal (Rural Poverty Report 2011, p. 54)

"Many countries have experienced significant growth over the past decade or two but it has not always been accompanied by commensurate poverty reduction - especially where the growth has been driven by sectors other than agriculture. Growth in agriculture usually generates the greatest improvements for the poorest people - and particularly in the poorest, most agriculture-based economies."

– Rural Poverty Report 2011, p. 35