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Achieving the Millennium Development Goals: Rural Investment and Enabling Policy

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Contributors: Jean-Philippe Audinet, Sappho Haralambous, IFAD
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The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are the most broadly supported, comprehensive and specific poverty-reduction targets the world has ever established, and the year 2005 is critical in that there are only ten years left to achieve these goals. Three quarters of the world’s more than one billion extremely poor people live in rural areas of developing countries. Fighting poverty today means first and foremost transforming rural lives and livelihoods. The majority of the rural poor depend on agriculture and agriculture-related small industries and services for their livelihoods. It is in the areas where the incidence of poverty is highest – in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia – that agricultural development can have the greatest impact on inclusive growth and overall poverty reduction.

Author(s): Jean-Philippe Audinet , Sappho Haralambous , IFAD

Publication Date: 2005

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