Technology can help connect farmers to markets: IFPRI
To accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals, it is imperative that policy makers support transformations in the region’s food system, and some of the greatest changes to India’s food system are coming from rapid urbanization,” Shenggen Fan, DG, IFPRI said in New Delhi recently.
Addressing at a Conference on achieving the SDGs through agriculture in India, Fan said, “Connecting farmers to cities can raise incomes in rural areas and help meet urban food and nutrition demand.”
While India met several of the Millennium Development Goals – the precursor to the SDGs – much of the country continues to suffer from poverty and food insecurity. More than 300 million people in South Asia live in poverty, with up to 71 percent of them living in India. Improving the country’s agricultural sector presents an opportunity to address both urban and rural development needs.
The conference was organised by IFPRI, the Trust for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences (TAAS), and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). The conference comprised up to 150 participants, including government officials, agricultural scientists, and development agency experts.