Friday, July 8, 2011

Small-Scale Sustainable Farming Key To Global Food Security, Poverty Reduction: UN

by Matthew McDermott, New York, NY

A United Nations report has once again stressed that the key to increasing food production so that the world's coming nine billion people can be fed without increasing climate change and further reducing biodiversity, is small-scale sustainable agriculture. Doing so will also increase global food security, essential to poverty reduction.

The report, from economists at the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, says:

Evidence has shown that for most crops the optimal farm is small in scale and that it is at this level that the most gain in terms of both sustainable productivity increases and rural poverty reduction can be achieved.

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