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World Bank champions agriculture: will governments and donors deliver?

The World Bank's World Development Report (WDR) 2008, Agriculture for Development, offers new impetus to efforts at alleviating poverty in rural areas, where the majority of the world's poor live. Released in Washington D.C. later today, the report emphasises the need to reduce high levels of rural poverty, essential if the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are to be met, and the importance of agriculture in this process.