Agriculture is vitally important to poor and vulnerable people in developing countries, the majority of whom live in rural areas and depend on the land as a source of both food and income. Unpredictable weather, unstable markets, fragile natural resources, energy scarcity, rising population pressures, a swiftly changing climate, and poor policies and investments further compound the vulnerability of the world’s 800 million people who already face regular food insecurity. Vast improvements can be made to agricultural and rural livelihoods, however, by combining appropriate and affordable food and agriculture technologies with supportive policies, institutions, and investments. The Environment and Production Technology Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute identifies ways to make that happen.
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