Agricultural Investment

There is a clear understanding that food and agriculture should be placed higher on the international political agenda, as frequently expressed by the international community. ~EU

There is an urgent need for agricultural investment in developing countries Agricultural investment is the most important and most effective strategy for poverty reduction in rural areas, where the majority of the world’s poorest people live (World Bank 2008). Investing in agriculture reduces poverty and hunger through multiple pathways. Farmers invest to enhance their productivity and incomes.

From society’s point of view, this in turn generates demand for other rural goods and services and creates employment and incomes for the people who provide them — often the landless rural poor. These benefits ripple from the village to the broader economy. Agricultural investment is also key to eradicating hunger through all of the dimensions of food and nutrition security.

Agricultural investment by farmers or the public sector that increases productivity at the farm level can also increase the availability of food on the market and help keep consumer prices low, making food more accessible to rural and urban consumers (Alston et al. 2000). Source: FOA

Over the last decade, Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have helped drive the eradication of poverty and further human development. Progress has been made, but challenges remain.