Agriculture and Rural Development
The World Bank Group’s Agriculture Action Plan: FY2013-2015, currently under preparation, will presents the next three year phase of the World Bank Group's commitment to agriculture and in combination with the FY10-12 action plan, will provide a continuous six year period of operationalizing the World Development Report 2008: Agriculture for Development. It follows on from the Agriculture Action Plan: FY10-12, which outlined the scaled-up World Bank Group commitment to improve agriculture's role in providing food security, in raising incomes of the poor, and in providing environmental services.
Topics of Interest
|Gordon Conway: Four Steps to Feeding the World in 2050: Focusing on innovation, markets, people, and political leadership is necessary to feed a growing population expected to reach 9 billion people by 2050. More >>> || ||Global Donor Platform for Rural Development |
Agrifin - Agriculture Finance Support Facility
| ||Agriculture and Innovation Systems:|
Agricultural development depends on innovation and is a major source of improved productivity, competitiveness, and economic growth throughout advanced and emerging economies. Innovation plays an important role in creating jobs, generating income, alleviating poverty, and driving social development. More >>>
| ||FARM-D: Forum for Agricultural Risk Management in Development|
Global Agiculture and Food Security Program
Climate-smart farming techniques would increase farm productivity and incomes, and make agriculture more resilient to climate change, while also contributing to mitigation.More >>>
Gender in Agriculture
ICT in Agriculture
ICT in Agriculture:
ARD has released its first-ever electronic Economic Sector Work (ESW) publication. Available at a new web portal (www.ictinagriculture.org), the book is a compilation of modules related to 14 agricultural subsectors. Each module covers the challenges, lessons learned, and enabling factors associated with using ICT to improve smallholder livelihoods in these subsectors. More >>>
| ||Knowledge Exchange Platform for Responsible Agro-Investment (RAI) |
Livestock Data Innovation in Africa
Program on Forests
Price Volatility in Food and Agricultural Markets: Policy Responses [PDF] - Policy Report including contributions by FAO, IFAD, IMF, OECD, UNCTAD, WFP, The World Bank, The WTO, IFPRI and the UN HLTF
Second Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change - Hanoi, September 3-7, 2012
|Bank Sees Durban Conference Making Progress on Climate Agenda|
ARD-DEC Seminar Series
ARD Newsletter Latest Edition
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Quick Facts! Why Landscape Approaches are Important
- By 2050, there will be more than 9 billion people in the world. Agricultural production must increase by 70% in order to feed the growing population, with little increase in available land and water.
- By 2025, nearly two-thirds of countries will be water-stressed and 2.4 billion people will face absolute water scarcity. About 70% of freshwater use is for agriculture.
- Agriculture accounts for about 14% of global green house gas emissions, and approximately 30% when considering land-use change, such as deforestation driven by agricultural expansion for food, fiber, and fuel.
- Forests cover 25-30% of the earth’s land surface and absorb about 15% of the planet’s GHG emissions. Deforestation has slowed in some countries but net forest loss averages 5 million hectares annually.
- Worldwide, about 18% of cropland is irrigated, producing 40% of all crops and 60% of all cereals. Large parts of the world are already living beyond their means by supporting agriculture based on unsustainable use of groundwater. About 50% of the world’s irrigated agriculture uses groundwater.