Development and Agriculture

In developing countries, agriculture has been overwhelmingly doing well for the past decades thus facilitating food production for meeting the growing population’s demand [1]. However, the general development of these developing countries has been attributed to agriculture. To achieve this success, emphases have been placed on agriculture, natural resources and the environment at large. World Bank has emphasized on extending its services and support to the rural poor by integrating rural development initiatives[2]. Since 70% of the poor people in developing countries are living in rural areas while practicing agricultural farming as their main economic activity thus making the focus of such rural areas a top priority in terms of development assistance by World Bank[3]. This helps in attaining significant development. Therefore, this paper will discuss World Bank’s symposium on the perspectives towards sustainable rural development, the European Commission’s definition of development and the connection between development and agriculture. With the ideal devotion to the sound development of the rural areas, World Bank

According to the World Bank’s project, the connection between agriculture and development is very clear. It asserts that the poor people in rural areas in developing practice agricultural activities which they use them for economic purposes thus enabling the country to raise revenue[4]. The revenues raised as well are helpful in funding the government’s projects and important infrastructures thus resulting in the economic and general development of the country. In essence, development and agriculture both are interconnected. For development to occur, developing countries have to focus and improve agricultural productivity[5]. And to improving agricultural output; development of the country must be attained so as to able to acquire technological devices that improve agriculture output.

The World Bank symposium on the perspectives towards sustainable rural development focuses on agriculture, environment, and development. The project incorporated and applied all aspects of practical research in relation to environment and agriculture in developing countries. The goal of this project is to determine the impact of agricultural practices and environmental uses on the general agricultural produce and the development of the country. World Bank thinks that development is the improvement of the condition of lives of the people using the available resources which in this instance is agriculture.

The European Commission perceives sustainable agriculture as the most ideal for a proper development in developing countries because agriculture is the backbone of their economy[6]. Literally, sustainable agriculture is essential for longer and inclusive growth mostly for developing countries because of its robust multiplier impact on other concerned sectors. Also, the European Commission is convinced that sustainable agriculture assists in solving today’s challenges[7]. Development and agriculture are connected in terms of the end uses[8]. Agricultural end products are sold for economic gains which in turn earn the country revenue to fund its infrastructural projects thus leading to development[9]. The European Commission defines development as enhancing livelihoods. It asserts that development is all about assisting in lifting people out of hunger and poverty through the provision of income source and that is why it believes that to achieve this sustainable agriculture has to be met. Alternatively, development has different definition meaning a progressive state of a certain phenomenon[10].

In essence, agriculture and development are connected as they go hand in hand. Both agriculture and development interdepend on each other. Development depends on the end products of agriculture while agriculture depends on the end uses of development such as technological development in the field of agriculture.