Agriculture could be the world’s most vi­tal in­vest­ment

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In­vest­ment in agriculture is 11 times more ef­fec­tive at re­duc­ing poverty than any other sec­tor. That’s the mes­sage a group of small­holder farm­ers in north­ern Zam­bia want to send to the world. Carved into the very land that feeds their fam­i­lies, these com­pelling stats show that in­vest­ing in agriculture and ru­ral de­vel­op­ment is the most ef­fec­tive way for gov­ern­ment lead­ers to boost economies, feed a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion and achieve a world with­out poverty and hunger.

1 Africa has 25% of the world’s arable land, yet only 10% of the out­put. 2 Year-on-year, more and more peo­ple are mov­ing away from ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties. 3 The global pop­u­la­tion will ex­ceed 9 bil­lion by 2050. 4 In sub-sa­ha­ran Africa, growth from agriculture is 11 times more ef­fec­tive at re­duc­ing ex­treme poverty than any other sec­tor.1

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