The theme for World Food Day 2012 is Agricultural cooperatives - key to feeding the world, coupled with the United Nations declaration of 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives.
One step in achieving food security is to support and invest in farmer and producer organizations. Getting smallholders organized in cooperatives allows them to increase their food production, market their goods, create jobs and increase their own livelihoods, in all agricultural sectors, such as agro-industries, and fisheries.
More with FAO experts on the importance of the role of cooperatives in their respective sectors:
1. Nora OurabahHaddad, Gender, Equity and Rural Employment Division (in French).
2. and 3. Calvin Miller, Head of Agribusiness and Finance Group, Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division of FAO.
4. Siobhan Kelly, Agribusiness Economist, Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division of FAO.
5. Emilio Hernández, Agricultural Finance Officer at FAO (in Spanish).