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Consultation on Connections Between Faith and Agriculture

November 13, 2009

Both faith and agriculture are central to the lives of Africans. Upwards of 70 percent of Africans are farmers, and regular religious practice is nearly universal on the continent. While a body of knowledge about links between faith and health, education, and governance is growing, there is a lack of understanding about the ways in which the beliefs, organizational structures, or practices of faith actors could bear on agriculture-related development outcomes. WFDD gathered 21 development and religious leaders in Washington, D.C. to initiate a conversation about faith contributions to agricultural development in sub-Saharan Africa. The meeting took stock of current and past faith work on agriculture and identified priorities for an investigation of faith-agriculture connections to be undertaken in 2010 by WFDD and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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