Only targeted policies focused on rural people will eliminate poverty in South Africa, says IFAD report

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Only targeted policies focused on rural people will eliminate poverty in South Africa, says IFAD report

You are cordially invited to attend the presentation of the Rural Development Report 2016: Fostering inclusive Rural Transformation

Co-hosted by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the University of Pretoria

Who: Kanayo F. Nwanze, IFAD President; Gugile Nkwinti, Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform; and Stephanie Burton, Vice-Principal, Research & Postgraduate Education, University of Pretoria

Where: Sheraton Pretoria Hotel, 643 Stanza Bopape St, Pretoria

When: Tuesday, 7 March, 13:30 – 17:00, followed by cocktails

What: The Rural Development Report 2016, IFAD’s flagship publication, is a rallying call for policymakers and development practitioners to win the global war against poverty. It brings together leading thinkers to analyse the experiences of rural development in over 60 developing countries.

The report finds that economic growth is not enough to eliminate poverty. Governments need to tailor policies and investments to develop rural areas and bring poor, often marginalised, rural people into the economic mainstream.

Almost a quarter of South Africans are between 15 and 24 years old. In 2016, the youth unemployment rate averaged 51 per cent.  This “youth bulge” is one of the biggest challenges facing the African continent, with the majority of young people predicted to remain in rural areas until 2035.

The solution, according to the report, is to expand employment opportunities in the rural agricultural sector and ensure it is attractive to young people. This includes targeted investment in infrastructure, skills development, more profitable management of farms, improved access to technology and strengthened entrepreneurial capacity.

Paul Winters, Officer in Charge, Strategy and Knowledge Department and Director of Research and Impact Assessment Division at IFAD, will present the key findings of the report, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr Tobias Takavarasha, Agriculture and Food Security Advisor.

The panellists:

  • Hans P. Binswanger-Mkhize, Extraordinary Professor, University of Pretoria

  • Sana F.K. Jatta, Regional Director, East and Southern Africa Division, IFAD

  • Aggrey Mahanjana, Secretary General, African Farmers Association of South Africa

  • Sipho Moyo, Director of Special Projects, the President office, African Development Bank

  • Tsakani Ngomane, Outcome Facilitator Rural Development, Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, South Africa

  • Mandivamba Rukuni, Former Professor of Agriculture at the University of Zimbabwe and Director of Business International Service Consulting

Media Accreditation: Please send your contact details and media outlet to by 3 March 2017.

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