What agenda now for agriculture?: a response to the world development report 2008

  • 01/01/2007

The agenda for agriculture as laid out in the WDR 2008 contains important and urgent messages, but it is limited in its scope. A broader vision is needed that pays more attention to issues of power, equity, and rights. This would emphasise: trade rules that allow developing countries to determine their trade-policy mix based on the development needs of the rural sector; the implementation and enforcement of labour legislation for the agriculture sector that ensures decent work for all;and building an effective state to implement investment and rural development policies for the poorest and most marginalised sectors.