78 percent of the world’s poor people—live in rural areas and rely on farming, livestock, aquaculture and other agricultural work to put food on their plates and make a living. But agriculture is not just important to the rural poor. It is also critical to fighting hunger, tackling malnutrition and boosting food security for a population that is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050. Agriculture also creates jobs–on farms, in markets, and throughout the farm-to-table food chain. And because agriculture is one of the sectors that is most vulnerable to extreme weather and one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gases—it is also important in the fight against climate change.
(Source: World Bank)