United NationsDépartement des Affaires Économiques et Sociales Développement Durable

Major Group: NGOs

NGO Rural Development Statement
An integrated food systems approach is essential for agriculture and
rural development to thrive. This entails:
- Promoting infrastructure and market development that
incorporates participatory mechanisms and technological choices
and innovations by farmers, drawing on the comprehensive UN
International Assessment of Agriculture Knowledge, Science and
Technology for Development (IAASTD).
- Promoting comprehensive and inclusive water resources
management to address conflicting water uses and demands.
- Providing community-based extension that supports traditional
knowledge systems and networks, with training of local farmer-tofarmer
extension agents, especially enabling women to become
extension agents.
- Strengthening urban rural links and effectively linking rural as well
as urban farmers to urban markets, addressing the need for access to
credit, roads, and essential infrastructure such as warehouses,
permanent marketplaces and livestock-holding areas near cities for
cattle transported long distances to help them regain weight prior to
sale,helping to capture a better price.
- Recognizing the central role of livestock in many rural economies
and in sustainable development. Humane treatment of animals is
central to sustainability because billions of the world?s people ?
according to the FAO, 1.3 billion people are employed in the livestock
industry ? depend on those animals for food, income and social status.
- Proper, humane management of animals (both farm & working)
improves their survival, growth and production. It is also critical
for management of disasters and disease outbreaks, protecting human
livelihoods as well as lives based on agricultural production and
processing and provision of value added products.
- Ensuring locally managed decentralized energy systems that benefit
rural areas, including solar renewable energy, locally accessible and
environmentally sound abbatoirs and processing facilities for
livestock designed to protect water sources and community health;
and small-scale, locally controlled agrofuel production subject to
comprehensive, inclusive risk and impact assessments.
- Recognize that managing risk is essential for all farmers to have the
confidence to take innovative production decisions in the face of
increasing climate unpredictability, disease, market risks and loan
repayments. Risk management tools such as crop insurance schemes
and early warning systems are thus needed.
- Providing education and training programmes for rural youth that
develop learning capabilities and encourage investment in their
communities, and redressing lack of attention to and investment in
the needs of minority farmers in developed and developing
countries, recognizing their contribution to food secure communities.
- Implementing internationally agreed approaches such as the Food
and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Guidelines on the
Fight to Food, and operationalization of food sovereignty principles.