Participants of the Keynote interview session (f.l.t.r.): Morgane Danielou, Vice President of Operations at Emerging Ag; Brave Ndisale, FAO; and Gerda Verburg, SUN Movement.
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By 2050, four-fifths of humankind will be living in cities. The impacts that this urban growth is going to have on food security and nutrition were discussed at a workshop organised jointly by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), SNV Netherlands Development Organisation and Welthungerhilfe.

Urbanisation is growing in leaps and bounds. Whereas two thirds of the world population were still living in rural areas in 1990, this ratio will have reversed by 2050, with far more than two thirds of humankind then living in cities. The impacts that this urban growth is going to have on food security and nutrition, how it is reshaping agricultural value chains and how small farmers can benefit from it were items discussed by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) with Germany’s Welthungerhilfe and the Dutch development organisation SNV in the run-up to the European Development Days held in Brussels, Belgium, early in June.

The organisers dispelled one myth right at the beginning. Urbanisation is not the same thing as megacities. In the Global South, it is above all small- and medium-sized towns that are driving growth. By 2030, they are expected to accommodate around 40 per cent of sub-Saharan Africa and Asia’s population.

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