Published On: Mon, Feb 16th, 2015

IFAD workshop to address agriculture, poverty

picks ripe coffee beans in Nyeri, central Kenya

picks ripe coffee beans in Nyeri, central Kenya

ROME – THE International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations, is later on Monday scheduled to open a three-day conference on rural poverty and agriculture development in the world.

The seminar scheduled for Rome, Italy will seek to highlight the issues pertaining to rural poverty and attempt to find tune lasting solutions for these problems.

Keys issues to be discussed includes, indigenous people and sustainable food systems, rights of indigenous people, overcoming challenges to rural transformation through the post 2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The meeting comes on the back of many African countries like Ghana having not been successful in meeting all millennium development goals especially in extreme income poverty and hunger and in most cases Goal 5 of improving maternal health.

The 21st century has witnessed an impressive revival of growth in Africa, over 5 percent per annum in sharp contrast to the lost quarter century.

“Now is the time to address concerns about the quality of this growth to put Africa on a path of sustained, inclusive rapid growth-growth that is sustainable, not only economically, but politically, socially, and environmentally,” IFAD stated.

Key world leaders scheduled to speak to this issue will include, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of indigenous people as well as Mirna Cunningham, President, Center for Indigenous Peoples Autonomy and Development, Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, among others.

The conference will also see the launch of the International Family Remittances Day.

Ghana President John Dramani Mahama with His Majesty Tupou VI, King of Tonga Keynote will address the keynote. Pier Carlo Padoan, Minister for Economy and Finance of the Italian Republic and IFAD President Kanayo Nwanze will close the workshop.

– CAJ News





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