Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Ensuring family farmers’ access to food key to tackling global hunger

Family farmers need more support and access to food, the head of the United Nations agriculture agency has said, urging lawmakers to consider legislation that improves productivity and boosts social protections to tackle the global hunger challenge which, he warned, is at an “inflection point.”

“The main cause of hunger nowadays is not the lack of food, but the lack of access to it ,” José Graziano da Silva, the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization ( FAO ), said in his speech to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development in London on Monday.

Mr. Graziano da Silva stressed the paradox that rural farmers face today: they produce most of the world's food but they are the most vulnerable to food insecurity. Read More