What is Social Protection?

Agriculture and rural development

“In the perspective of rural development, agriculture has a lead role to play in the economic welfare of a region due to its impact on different sectors: economic (income), social (employment, quality of life, health) and environmental (landscape, biodiversity, preservation of natural resources, and carbon sequestration), in addition to its importance as a provider of primary raw materials for the food and other industries (foodstuffs, fibres, bio-fuels, and timber).”

FAO 2006. 'The Role of Agriculture and Rural Development in Revitalizing Abandoned/Depopulated Areas', FAO website, <http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/Europe/documents/Publications/Abandoned_en.pdf> (accessed 3 March 2016)