Smallholder farmers has a central part in addressing poverty, hunger and undernutrition. For this reason, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has focused its work on smallholder farmers and poor rural people. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has contributed to IFAD’s work in establishing improved market access and resilience for smallholder farmers.
Crops play a critical role in global food security as a source of food and feed. On August 14-19, 2016, the Congress will hold its 7th meeting in Beijing, China, focusing on new technology and information that can help improve crop productivity.
The Rice Market Monitoring project, supported by ADB, identified market development as the main element of a strategy promoting the growth of the rural economy.