Bonn, 22 Sep 2016. The central idea behind Agenda 2030 of developing an integrated framework that is universal and addresses the “world as a whole” has resulted in a very comprehensive but complex agenda. While not mentioned specifically, the cross-cutting nature of many SDGs calls for approaches which are appropriate to deliver on such complex targets and go beyond sectorial thinking. The agricultural sector and rural development will therefore remain central for the implementation of Agenda 2030, but they will need to nevertheless be leveraged within a broader approach that addresses sustainable and inclusive rural transformation process using the framework provided by the SDGs.

Rome, 16 Sep 2016. Several major trends of development have framed the pace and the direction of rural development over the years. With the growing world population and therefore food demand, the wide spread urbanisation, the growing severity of irregular weather events and the spread of technology all over the world, pose new challenges and open new opportunities for rural areas and rural populations. To meet these challenges and use the opportunities, the rural areas need to transform rapidly and inclusively.

Online, 15 Sep 2016. An inclusive business benefits poor producers and/or consumers by providing access to markets, services and products in ways that improve their livelihoods, while at the same time being a profitable commercial venture: Inclusive agribusiness provides a perspective that can contribute to a deeper understanding of how to align public and private interests and investments in pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals. There is a vast body of experience and knowledge about how agricultural markets can help to tackle poverty and encourage sustainable practices. However, this has not been fully tapped, synthesised and communicated in ways that can help to tackle the ongoing structural barriers of taking inclusive agribusiness initiatives to scale. Consequently, inclusive agribusiness is a field where the GDPRD can potentially make a significant contribution through its knowledge sharing, advocacy and networking functions.

Online, 2 Sep 2016. Gender inequality is costing sub-Saharan Africa on average $US95 billion a year, peaking at US$105 billion in 2014– or six percent of the region’s GDP – jeopardising the continent’s efforts for inclusive human development and economic growth, according to the Africa Human Development Report 2016.

Online, 18 Aug 2016. The frequency and severity of different climate-related disasters have risen over the last couple of decades, while increasing the damage to the agricultural sector. Especially affected are the developing countries, where agriculture is the main source of income for the majority of the population. FAO has released two reports that analyse the connection between climate change and agriculture. The first focuses on the climate change caused weather disasters, as one of the main causes of food insecurity. It analyses the damages and the economic impact of disasters over the last 10 years. The other report analyses the role of agriculture countries see the sector playing in their climate action strategies for the next decades, the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).

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