“We need to be able to focus CAADP on sustaining the momentum on three or four issues. One is women’s engagement in agriculture, in decision making and in policy formulation. Secondly youth engagement is critical for us to be able to move the younger generation forward. And thirdly, we need to be conscious of and responsive to the needs of climate change, in terms of building resilience of communities.” – Buba Khan, ActionAid International
Although this quote from the New Agriculturalist Article, Investing in Agriculture, refers to agricultural development in Africa, it is a statement that could easily apply to key focus areas for agricultural development in Peru. In fact, these are really focus areas for any country hoping to advance its agricultural sector and most of all to strengthen it. Resilience to climate change, reduced vulnerability to shocks, and just general development of food systems depends on key actors such as women and the future leaders of any country. So even though here at AASD we often focus on very localized, solutions, it is always useful to pay attention to the larger trends going on around the world in regards to agriculture and development.