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Investing in Poor Farmers Pays

by Luna Allison | May 11, 2010

Decades of faltering public commitment to investing in agriculture has hindered farmers’ ability to cope with price volatility, climatic and economic shocks, or to pull themselves out of poverty.

Donors and governments must see investing in agriculture as part of the long-term solution to the food, financial, and climate crises. Global agricultural growth and rural livelihoods cannot be improved nor poverty reduced without renewed public commitment to invest more, and more wisely in agriculture.

Investments must include the people who live in marginalized areas, and must be context specific, demand-driven, participatory, and promote sustainable rural livelihoods through environmentally sustainable and empowering practices that treat women’s and men’s needs equitably.

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