Tech­nol­ogy can help con­nect farm­ers to mar­kets: IFPRI

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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.

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