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Florence, 3 Aug 2015. Investing in infrastructure and rural transformation will play a very important role for the successful implementation of the SDGs. Projects focusing on the issue of rural infrastructure, like the CAIIP Project in Uganda, under the leadership of IFAD, contribute in a great way to the improvement of life conditions in rural areas. With the process of rural transformation, ongoing in developing countries, population in rural areas faces many challenges and often choses the migration to urban areas in the search of better living. IFAD, AFDB and CAIIP project in Uganda is now completed. The participatory design and communities' involvement in the oversight proved extremely valuable. The project is being used as a model for future investments in agriculture in the region. The provision of infrastructure in the rural areas reduced Transport costs for farmers, it allowed them also to increase by 13% the volume of marketed staples, helped reduce the post-harvest losses and increase the income by 30%.

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Addis Ababa, 27 Jul 2015. The Addis Ababa Action Agenda facilitates a transformation in finance for development especially in respect to the agriculture and rural development. The international community recognised that most of the poor living people live in rural areas and are dependable on agriculture to ensure food security and dignified livelihood, and agreed to support sustainable agriculture. The outcome of the AAAA was set to create the means for a full implementation of the SDGs and it reflects the changing finance environment – giving more importance to private sector than the ODA.

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Nairobi, 13 Jul 2015. The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is known for its clear focus on building agricultural input systems and an enabling environment for rapid growth in agricultural production. However, learning from experience, AGRA has broadened its approach to include trade and market access, agricultural policies and support to farmers’ associations.

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Online, 29 Jun 2015. Jean-Pierre Halkin, head of the Rural Development, Food and Nutrition Security unit at the European Commission in Brussels expressed the EU’s support to the G7 Broad Food Security and Nutrition Development Approach and the German leadership of the G7 working group. In particular, the EU appreciates the progressive shift from input to impact pledge. "No more talking about billions of dollars but about millions of people,” he said on the phone with the secretariat. Extremely important was the G7’s new definition of food and nutrition security within the agreed broad agenda. Such definition allows for a profound change of the global food system, which is indeed of great importance to the practitioners of the international agriculture and rural development donor community, international institutions, governments and rural people.

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Schloss, Elmau, 12 Jun 2015. In their official Declaration, the G7 leaders state that they aim to lift 500 million people in developing countries out of hunger and malnutrition by 2030. The Leaders’ Declaration and the attached Annex include concrete strategic steps in line with the discussions currently taking place in preparation for the UN Climate Conference in Paris COP 21, the UN Summit in New York and the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa.

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