Rural Populations Key To Sustainable Development, Need Opportunities

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: It’s about rural people
Kanayo F. Nwanze, president of the U.N. International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

“…The 17 new [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)] offer the promise that we can do what has never been done before: ensure a decent life for every person on this planet. And that is the most important point — it’s about the people. … The key to a sustainable future free of poverty and hunger is people. The poor and hungry people who live in rural areas and are dependent on agriculture are also essential to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems. Smallholder farmers and rural people are ready to produce more food, create jobs, and protect the planet. All they need are the opportunities and tools to do so. For development is not just about aid. It is about investment in people…” (9/18).