A massive depression has been building for years across our vast rural expanse, but don’t feel alone if you didn’t know, for most of our media and political establishments have failed to notice, much less inform the general public. In America’s power centers, farming is almost entirely ignored as something arcane and “out there” — and out of mind. In 1960, John F. Kennedy lightly summed up this attitude: “I don’t want to hear about agriculture from anyone but you,” the urbane president reputedly told Orville Freeman when appointing him Secretary of Agriculture. “Come to think of it, I don’t want to hear about it from you, either.”
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From the Asia Development Bank. A bank devoted to improving all the economies of the world
For millions of people around the world, basic health care still remains out of reach. As global leaders gather this week in Osaka, Japan for the G20 Summit—and ahead of the United Nations’ high-level meeting on universal health coverage in New York this September—it is as important as ever to consider how countries can deliver on the global goal of reaching universal health coverage by 2030.
Investments in universal health coverage are investments in economic growth. They play a critical role in leveraging opportunities, anticipating challenges, and delivering the knowledge, expertise, and financing countries need to achieve universal health coverage.