Agriculture and food

Araya, Yoseph; Dorward, Andrew; Gideon, Jasmine; Kock, Richard; Smith, Laurence and Waage, Jeff (2015). Agriculture and food. In: Waage, Jeff and Yap, Chris eds. Thinking Beyond Sectors for Sustainable Development. London: Ubiquity Press, pp. 45–50.



Over the past two decades, there has been little development in goal setting directed specifically at targets and indicators for agriculture and food outcomes. This reflects the limited attention given by the international development community to agriculture in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The FAO’s 2002 World Food Summit, which aimed to boost the disappointing progress made five years after the 1996 Summit, reiterated the earlier pledge to reduce the number of hungry people to 400 million by 2015. African Heads of Government did, however, agree to allocate 10 per cent of their national budgets to agriculture in the 2003 Maputo Declaration. Since the publication of the World Development Report 2008: Agriculture for Development and the 2008 global food price spike, a renewed interest in agriculture has led to generally unfulfilled budgetary and spending commitments (e.g. the 2009 G8 ‘L’Aquila’ Joint Statement on Global Food Security and subsequent G8 meetings), however, to date no achievement targets have been agreed.

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