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Asuncion, January 17, 2014 - In December 2013, the Paraguayan Government officially proclaimed decree number 1056, which includes an additional type of contract called “simplified procedure for the acquisition of agricultural products from family farmers”. The decree defines the legal framework that enables family farmers to market their agricultural products at[...]
Published on 22/01/2014
A new FAO book Mechanization for rural development, a review of patterns and progress from around the world, explores the inexorable rise of the use of machinery in farmers’ fields, drawing lessons for policymakers and economists from some of the big winners and also the regions lagging behind.
Published on 17/01/2014
Every era has its challenges. And each challenge demands specific responses.  In the 1960’s, famine threatened South Asia. New high yielding wheat and rice varieties responding well to high levels of fertilizer application and ample water availability significantly boosted food production. Developed under the leadership of Norman Borlaug, they helped launch[...]
Published on 14/01/2014
Working towards a strategic approach to promote food security and nutrition The International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) had its official launch on 22 November 2013 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been entrusted with facilitating the International[...]
Published on 16/12/2013
Family farming is becoming a priority on the agendas of many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) that are adopting public policies to benefit the sector which is essential for food security and rural welfare in the region. According to the 2014 edition of the report on agriculture and[...]
Published on 13/12/2013
Securing land tenure, providing access to resources for mountain family farms, and improving basic infrastructure in mountain regions are among the key solutions to improving the livelihoods and food security of mountain and lowland communities, FAO said today.
Published on 11/12/2013
2014 has been declared the International Year of Family Farming. The International Year had its official launch on 22 November 2013 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been entrusted with promoting the International Year, in cooperation with governments,[...]
Published on 02/12/2013
29 November 2013, Brussels - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva praised the European Union for the commitment it has shown to making the International Year of Family Farming in 2014 a success. Speaking at the Conference "Family farming: a dialogue towards more sustainable and resilient farming in Europe and the[...]
Published on 29/11/2013
The IYFF was launched on 22 November at Hotel Africana in Kampala by Uganda’s Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Honourable Tress Bucyanayandi. The Minister described the IYFF as timely and “spot on”, especially for Uganda, a country whose economy depends chiefly on agriculture.  Speaking at the event, FAO’s country representative,[...]
Published on 28/11/2013
Bangkok, 22 November, 2013 - Small family farms have great capacity for quick production expansion and are key to sustainable food production if appropriate policies are put in place, FAO asserted today during an Asia-Pacific multi-stakeholders consultation preparing for the launch of 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming[...]
Published on 27/11/2013
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