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Is rural development passé in an urbanizing world?


Paul Winters
Officer in charge of the Strategy and Knowledge Department and Director of the Research and Impact Assessment Division, International Fund for Agricultural Development

Rob Bertram
Chief Scientist, Bureau for Food Security, US Agency for International Development

Kim Elliott
Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development


Vijaya Ramachandran
Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

In September 2015, world leaders agreed on a new development agenda, Agenda 2030, that would leave no one behind and that would eliminate extreme poverty and hunger. What are the most effective ways of reach those objectives? Is agriculture still the most effective way to reduce poverty, in a rapidly changing world with a growing demand for food and rapid urbanization in many developing countries? More broadly, what is the role of rural economies – including but beyond agriculture, rural societies, and rural landscapes in turning the agenda into reality?

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