Understanding Global   
Development Challenges

Rural development

Rural development is a key goal for both economic growth and poverty reduction in the developing world. Agriculture represents indeed about one-third of GDP and three-quarters of employment in Sub-Saharan countries. We live in a new era of agriculture economics where the links with important biology-economics interfaces are more profound. Globalization and liberalization, increasing population pressure, depletion of natural resources, rapid urbanization, vertical coordination in international supply chains, increasing environmental pressures and climate change, agriculture productivity disparities around the globe, increased 

Agriculture can help reduce poverty for 78% of the world's poor, who live in rural areas and work mainly in farming. It represents a vital and strategic policy area also in the developed world.

It can raise incomes, improve food security and benefit the environment especially in sub-Saharan African countries where governments and international development groups see boosting productivity on smallholder farms as key to reducing rural poverty and safeguarding the food security of farming and non-farming households.

"Moving upstream the “relevant” migration frontier. Strategic priorities to turn the migration challenge into a development opportunity"

Laura Frigenti* and Furio C. Rosati**

Migration is one of the most pressing issues on the international political agenda. Despite its current immediate emergency, however, migration is the result of long-term factors and very likely to last for many decades ahead. This calls for a new and more integrated approach to international migration, deeply rooted in sound empirical evidence of the complex dynamics driving people global mobility and emphasizing the key role of countries of origin as the centre of gravity of current and future migration policies and interventions to turn the migration challenge into a development opportunity for both origin and destination economies.

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"Towards sustainable migration. Interventions in countries of origin"