The theme of the event, which was organised in cooperation with the Berlin think tank "adelphi", was the adaptation of rural development policies to the risks of climate change and urbanisation
"How should rural development policy change in view of climate risks and urbanisation?".
Cornelia Richter, Vice President of IFAD, and Guido Santini, Coordinator of the FAO's Food for the Cities initiative, and Ayan Mahmoud, Coordinator of the Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), held lively discussions with more than 50 guests.
The main conclusions of the panel discussion were that rural and urban development must always be considered together (rural urban continuum).
Accordingly, comprehensive development measures (including the creation of value chains) are necessary.
Development projects should always be integrated into state development plans to avoid dead ends.
Youth employment in rural areas is of central importance.