Agricultural Research for Development: The key to end poverty

The FARA Social Reporters Blog

To date, the Millennium and Development Goals (MDGs) remain the most successful global anti-poverty initiatives in history. The target of “reducing extreme poverty rates by half” was met five years ahead of the 2015 deadline. The global poverty rate at $1.25 a day fell in 2010 to less than half the 1990 rate.

However, despite the fact that part of the MDG1 (Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger) has been achieved, there are still 870 million people hungry in the world. In Africa, food and nutrition security remains a challenge with more than 230 million people hungry (FAO, 2012). Can Agricultural Research for Development (ARD) be the solution in addressing food security challenges?

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