IFAD and the post-2015 global development agenda
As the International Fund for Agricultural Development looks beyond the Millennium Development Goals, whose target date is fast approaching, the Fund views the post-2015 global development framework as a unique opportunity to focus new policies, investments, and partnerships on rural transformation. Achieving a sustainable future for all requires that poor rural people be recognized as key actors and partners.
What will the world look like in 20 years?
We want a world where extreme poverty has been eradicated, all women and men are well nourished, benefits from growth are equitably distributed, decent job opportunities are available to everyone, natural resources are sustainably managed, and temperature increases resulting from climate change are manageable.
This future is within our collective reach. However, it will require a profound change of course in policy processes, public and private investments and development practices – giving priority to social, economic and political inclusion, equality and equity, sustainability, rights and good governance.
Rural inclusion and transformation are key
A rural transformation leading to sustainable development would bring universal benefits and so requires integration across the entire post-2015 agenda. Dynamic and inclusive rural development plays a pivotal role in food and nutrition security, inclusive growth and poverty eradication in countries at all levels of development. For instance, sustainable smallholder agriculture provides a powerful vehicle to deliver multiple benefits across all of the dimensions of sustainable development (economic, social and environment) for people no matter where they live. It is not peripheral, but rather at the very nexus of sustainable, inclusive development.
Designing goals, targets and indicators for rural inclusion and to unlock the potential of the rural sectors can have a major catalytic impact on the entire post-2015 development agenda. That means targets and indicators for access to assets and services that build the capacity of rural women, men, and youth to lead the transformation of the rural space and to become competitive in today's rural and urban markets.
IFAD sees the post-2015 agenda as an opportunity to recognize the need for rural transformation in the quest for sustainable development and poverty eradication by:
- Redressing rural-urban inequalities to promote inclusive job growth and to achieve poverty eradication in rural areas.
- Promoting the economic and social empowerment of poor rural women and men, so that they can build stronger livelihoods, both driving and benefiting from growth in the rural economy.
- Increasing agricultural productivity sustainably and strengthening agricultural markets, so as to achieve food security and nutrition for all.
- Strengthening the resilience and risk management capacity of smallholder farmers and rural households, particularly with respect to climate change.