IFAD conference: Can development really succeed if rural inequalities are rising?

BY HAZEL MALAPIT

“Do policies to reduce rural poverty also reduce rural inequality? Should we care if the answer is ‘no’?” This was the key question Martin Ravallion of Georgetown University posed to frame the international conference Rural Inequalities: Evaluating Approaches to Overcome Disparities, hosted by the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD) Independent Office of Evaluation May 2-3 in Rome. (Photo: ©IFAD/Flavio Ianniello)