Examples include discussions on the nexus of forced migration and land rights, women’s economic empowerment in agribusiness as well as rural youth employment and the “future of agriculture”. These cross cutting discussions produced a diverse and dynamic year for members and partners and offered lots of food for thought. This approach was an outcome of the 2017 Annual General Assembly (AGA) hosted by the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium where members agreed that current development practices would not suffice to implement Agenda 2030 in rural areas and working more flexibly across issues is urgently needed in order to achieve the SDGs.
More than 100 participants gathered to discuss the future of rural development in the Agenda 2030 implementation process. For the first time the AGA included a high-level session, where directors of several member organisations elaborated on the impact of the SDGs, the Paris Agreement and the new finance architecture created by the AAAA.