Rural civil society and the role of social mobilisation in poverty reduction and sustainable rural development

The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018’ has shown how in a number of areas progress has been insufficient to meet the Agenda’s goals and targets by 2030. This is especially true for the most disadvantaged and marginalised groups (United Nations 2018). This article highlights the key role that rural civil society, food producers and their organisations play in furthering the transition towards more sustainable food systems and rural development that contribute to the reduction of rural poverty. To meet the ambitious goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, there is an urgent need for national strategies and international initiatives to support the collective actions of rural organisations.