Against the backdrop of escalating global instability, government and development leaders made an urgent call for greater investment in rural development to address hunger and poverty caused by conflict and climate change.
"We all agree on the severity of the situation and that there is no time to lose. We need to scale up our actions and leverage our resources in order to eliminate poverty and hunger," said Gilbert F Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), at the final day of the Fund's 43rd Governing Council meeting.
"While humanitarian responses are well suited to address the symptoms of conflicts or natural disasters, it is rural development that is devised to address long-term issues and is better suited to build resilience, and foster peace and stability," said Donal Brown, IFAD Associate Vice-President.
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