24 October 2017

South-Asia and Sub-Sahara left behind in rural transformation according to FAO-report

Investing in transformation of rural- and urban-areas is the key to reach the UN goal of no hunger in 2030, according to the FAO made report: The State of Food and Agriculture 2017. But at the moment Sub-Sahara and South Asia are left behind.

In a overview of the report, FAO writes: 

"In today’s world the challenge of achieving Zero Hunger is quite daunting as demographic  pressures, increasing urbanization and climate change are transforming the world we live in. Our agricultural and food systems, which includes all the stages from growing to processing  food, are evolving rapidly to counter these pressures. The change is already happening, even where we wouldn’t expect: small cities and rural areas.  

"South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa have not seen the same growth as Latin America and East and Southeast Asia. Are the rural transformations of today leaving some behind?

 The State of Food and Agriculture 2017

However, these rural transformations have not happened everywhere. Why not?            

South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa have not seen the same growth as Latin America and East and Southeast Asia. Are the rural transformations of today leaving some behind?                        

It is surely not too late to change this course of action and ensure rural transformations are more inclusive. By tapping into the potential of food systems and recognising the roles of small cities and towns in integrated rural-urban planning, inclusive transformations are still possible and they will be crucial to eradicate poverty and hunger."

Through explaining interactive elements and short summaries of each chapter, you can get an overview of the report here.

If you want to get in depth with the report, all 181 pages are available here.