Position Paper Rural Development
Strengthening the interaction of agriculture, society and economy to achieve sustainable food security
Supporting agriculture and rural development by helping people to help themselves has been Welthungerhilfe’s main concern since it was founded. (2012)
This position paper confirms previous experience and describes new paths. At its core, it deals with the development of site-specific agriculture and adequate development of rural areas. The dual challenge is to make direct access to adequate food and essential social services available to the poorest and to ensure sustainable food security for a growing population.
This is linked to a range of topics from access to land and water to gender equality and climate protection. Controversial topics are also addressed, including organic versus conventional agriculture, genetic engineering for agriculture, the competition between food crops and biofuels, the state‘s obligation to implement the human right to food and the rural population’s participation in the political process.
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