The World Bank launched last Friday its annual flagship publication, the World Development Report (WDR). Its title this year: Agriculture for Development.
In the words of the World Bank President Robert Zoellick:
A dynamic agriculture for development agenda can benefit the estimated 900 million rural people in the developing world who live on less than $1 a day, most of whom are engaged in agriculture. We need to give agriculture more prominence across the board. At the global level, countries must deliver on vital reforms such as cutting distorting subsidies and opening markets, while civil society groups, especially farmer organizations, need more say in setting the agricultural agenda.