Small-scale and family farming are critical drivers

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2014 – International Year of Family Farming –

Agriculture, Family Farming Key for Sustainable Development, FAO Director-General Tells CARICOM

Agriculture and small-scale and family farming are critical drivers of inclusive economic growth and sustainable development, and key to addressing food security and coping with climate change, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva told Heads of Government at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Summit. Da Silva also highlighted progress by CARICOM members in achieving the Millennium Development Goals’ (MDG) hunger target.

Family farmers' role in world hunger -
Family farmers’ role in world hunger –

The 26th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean convened from 26-27 February 2015, in Nassau, the Bahamas. The meeting focused on the topic ‘Leveraging CARICOM’s Human, Cultural and Natural Resources for the Economic Development of the Community,’ and included discussions on youth development and poverty eradication.

Family farming -
Family farming –

The Summit resulted in a Communiqué, which acknowledges the role of the cultural and creative industries in contributing to the region’s development and the pursuit of inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth. The Communiqué also recognizes the central role of youth as “the backbone of the creative industries.”

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Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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