Close to 800 million people around the world—or 78 percent of the world’s poor people—live in rural areas and rely on farming, livestock, aquaculture and other agricultural work to put food on their plates and make a living. One of them is Adekalie Kamara, a rice farmer in Sierra Leone who is counting on more productive farming methods to “give me hope of a good reward for my hard work.” Meanwhile, Jan Agha, an Afghan farmer is improving his livestock business to help feed his eleven children. “We are learning better ways to feed, protect and clean our animals. We are getting richer, too.”
For Adekalie, Jan Agha, and millions of others, agriculture is the starting point for their pathway out of poverty. Long acknowledged as one of the most powerful tools for raising the incomes of very poor people, agriculture is integral to ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity for the world’s poorest.