by: World Bank
The world's demand for food is expected to double within the
next 50 years, while the natural resources that sustain agriculture
will become increasingly scarce, degraded, and vulnerable to the
effects of climate change. In many poor countries, agriculture accounts
for at least 40 percent of GDP and 80 percent of employment. At the
same time, about 70 percent of the world's poor live in rural areas
and most depend on agriculture for their livelihoods.
World Development Report 2008 seeks to assess where, when,
and how agriculture can be an effective instrument for economic
development, especially development that favors the poor. It examines
several broad questions:
- How has agriculture changed in developing countries in the past 20
years? What are the important new challenges and opportunities for
- Which new sources of agricultural growth can be captured cost
effectively in particular in poor countries with large agricultural
sectors as in Africa?
- How can agricultural growth be made more effective for poverty
- How can governments facilitate the transition of large populations
out of agriculture, without simply transferring the burden of rural
poverty to urban areas?
- How can the natural resource endowment for agriculture be
protected? How can agriculture's negative environmental effects be
This year's report marks the 30th year the World Bank has been
publishing the World Development Report.
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