With the world population growing to an expected nine billion people by 2050, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is encouraging governments to become more involved in the support of small farms. Farm Futures reports that the FAO believes small farmers may be the key to meeting future production needs, which are calculated to increase by 60% to sustain the growing population.  For the full article, click here.

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“Smallholders cannot continue to be seen as part of the hunger problem. They are an important part of the solution and are crucial to promote sustainable agriculture and management of our natural resources,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.

 

 The article concludes, “the Committee underscored the need to identify more closely the constraints preventing smallholders from integrating more closely into the market. Policies and strategies to support smallholder integration into markets and value chains constitute a priority for the Committee on Commodity Problems.”