Agriculture, Rural Development and the Fight Against Hunger
What kind of rural development should donors promote to tackle food insecurity and hunger? That’s the main question that attendees of the 3rd European Forum on Rural Development will be seeking to answer in Palencia, Spain, later this month.
The European Commission, the Government of Spain and the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development are coming together to organise the four day event, which begins on the 29 March.
The Forum brings together different rural development actors, especially those deployed in the field of rural development policies, to exchange and share ideas on policy and practice.
Organisers have structured the Forum around three key objectives:
a) To promote exchanges between policy-makers and practitioners, linking rural development policies and their implementation, and informing the wider policy debate with practical experiences and empirical evidence.
b) To share experiences on key issues (e.g. agro-ecological approaches, land policies, market and prices, rural women, etc) where rural development has achieved results in fighting against rural food insecurity and poverty.
c) To build networks of rural development practitioners, bridge stances of stakeholders in rural development / food security and thereby facilitate development effectiveness.
The majority of the world’s poorest people live in rural areas, making the need for rural and agricultural development vital to the eradication of poverty and hunger and meeting the targets laid out in the Millennium Development Goals.
The first European Forum on Rural Development took place in France in 2002 and attracted some 200 attendees, while the second event in Germany brought together some 400 participants in 2007. This year’s forum is expected to be an even bigger event, and interested parties are advised to visit the special website, here: http://www.ruralforum.info/menu-1-en.php