This year’s World Food Day is dedicated to Family Farming: ‘Feeding the world, caring for the earth’. To mark this date, FAO released today its flagship publication The State of Food and Agriculture 2014: Innovation in family farming.
The report analyses family farms and the role of innovation in ensuring global food security, poverty reduction and environmental sustainability. It argues that family farms must be supported to innovate in ways that promote sustainable intensification of production and improvements in rural livelihoods.
More than 500 million family farms manage the majority of the world’s agricultural land and produce most of the world’s food. We need family farms to ensure global food security, to care for and protect the natural environment and to end poverty, undernourishment and malnutrition. These goals can be thoroughly achieved if public policies support family farms to become more productive and sustainable; in other words policies must support family farms to innovate within a system that recognizes their diversity and the complexity of the challenges faced.
To find out more, please see the links below:
– Read the Report<http://bit.ly/SI4EzU>
– SOFA 2014 In Brief<http://bit.ly/11rRUoY>
– View the entire SOFA collection since 1947<http://www.fao.org/
For more information contact: Michelle.Kendrick@fao.org