SID Lecture – Kevin Cleaver (IFAD) – Rural Poverty

2011 Lecture Series: ‘Agriculture, Rural Employment, and Inclusive Growth’

SID Netherlands Chapter in cooperation with NCDO, the International Institute of Social Studies and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs present the second lecture in the series:
‘Agriculture, Rural Employment and Inclusive Growth’

Thursday 23 June 2011, ISS The Hague, 17:00-19:00
Rural Poverty: the fate of smallholders
Presentation of and debate on the IFAD Rural Poverty Report 2011

Every ten years the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), releases its Rural Poverty Report, which provides a comprehensive look at rural poverty, its global consequences and the prospects for eradicating it. The latest 2011 report emphasizes that, despite the recognition that poverty remains a substantial and predominantly rural phenomenon, profound changes in agricultural markets are giving rise to new and promising opportunities for the developing world’s smallholder farmers. This will significantly boost their productivity, necessary to ensure enough food for an increasingly urbanized global population of 9 billion by 2050.

This lecture is the first occasion on which the Rural Poverty Report 2011 is presented in The Netherlands. In his lecture, Kevin Cleaver will stress the need for a new approach to smallholder agriculture that is both market-oriented and sustainable. Poor smallholder farmers and rural entrepreneurs are essential to bring prosperity to their communities and increase food security to the world.

Kevin Cleaver is Associate Vice-President, Programmes at The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Before joining IFAD in 2006 he held several key positions at the World Bank. He spent several years working and studying in Sub-Saharan and North Africa and has published many books and articles on agricultural development.

For more information about the ‘Agriculture, Rural Employment and Inclusive Growth’-lecture series, click here.

This Lecture Series is part of ‘Food First’, a program supported by NCDO aiming to put the food and agriculture-issue at the heart of the political debate. For more information and other activities, visit:

Logistical details: Date: Thursday 23 June 2011/ Location: Aula, ISS, Kortenaerkade 12, The Hague / Time: 17:00-19:00 (drinks at 19:00) / Language: English / Admission: Free / Please register through or 070-3383293 / Website:

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01 juni 2011