Poverty and hunger can be reduced by investing in agriculture.
In response to global food crises, the World Bank established the Global Food Crisis Response Program in 2008. It also administers the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program, which supports country-led food-security programs and investments to help smallholder farmers.
About 75 percent of the world's poor live in rural areas, and most are involved in farming. The World Bank emphasizes increasing support in several areas related to food and farming, including raising agricultural productivity, linking farmers to markets, and reducing risk and vulnerability.
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