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Enhancing the Impact of International Agriculture and Rural Development:
Resources, Strategies, and Coordination
At the 1996 World Food Summit, 186 countries pledged to reduce by half the number of hungry and undernourished people by the year 2015. Considering the realities of globalization, agricultural and rural development were assessed in order to chart the way for reaching this goal. "Agriculture" today encompasses the science and practice of activities related to production, processing, marketing, distribution, utilization, and trade of food, feed and fiber.
This 2003 AIARD meeting will look at how the major donors are considering investments in agriculture and rural development for reaching the World Food Summit Goal of 1996. We will consider how different donors' strategies can be linked. We will explore how improved coordinating mechanisms, strategies and enhanced financial resources can achieve the goal of reducing the number of hungry and undernourished by one half by 2015.