UN Report: Inclusive Rural Transformation Must Be Made to Happen

Economic growth is not enough to save those threatened daily with starvation and governments need to tailor policies and investments to transform rural areas in developing countries if they want to eliminate poverty - those are some of the key findings from a new report by the United Nations rural poverty agency.

"The Rural Development Report marks a change in perspective," the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo F. Nwanze, said in a news release on the launch of the report.

"It places the rural sector into the bigger picture of the country's development. It demonstrates the need for a far more comprehensive and holistic approach to the economy to ensure prosperity for millions of rural people," Mr. Nwanze added. "It reinforces IFAD's view, based on 40 years of experience, that investing in agricultural and rural development means investing in the whole economy."