6 December 2012, Rome - The State of Food and Agriculture 2012 shows that farmers are the largest source of investment in agriculture. To encourage the world's more than one billion farmers to be central to any strategy for increasing investment in the sector, a favorable investment climate is indispensable to unlock potential in many rural areas, adds the report.
The following are excerpts from the FAO Press conference launching The State of Food and Agriculture 2012.
FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva
"Farmers and their associations and cooperatives are crucial in the effort to put farmers at the centre of the new strategy of investment in agriculture"
Jomo Kwame Sundaram
, FAO Assistant Director-General, Economic and Social Development Department
"Investing in agriculture is effective for reducing poverty and hunger"
, Director, Agricultural and Development Economics Division of FAO
"We also calculated the public expenditure requirements to eliminate hunger by 2025"
Questions and answers from the press conference on the launch of SOFA 2012