Climate change, food prices, malnutrition and sustainable family farming on FAO radar
2 April 2014, Bucharest-- The impact of climate change on food production figured prominently in the words of Director-General José Graziano da Silva, as he addressed the opening of the UN FAO’s Regional Conference for Europe today. FAO’s emphasis on sustainable family farming was another key theme of Graziano da Silva’s statement, as he addressed delegations to the biennial conference that governs FAO’s activities in the Europe and Central Asia region. He announced a new regional initiative that aims to reduce rural poverty by supporting family farmers and smallholders, by focusing on sustainable production technologies, land tenure issues, access to markets, and income diversification for people in rural areas. FAO will also advise national governments on policies and strategies in favour of family farming and small-scale production.
Raimund Jehle is Secretary to the Regional Conference for Europe and a Senior Field Programme Officer at FAO’s Regional Officer for Europe and Central Asia. In the following interview he provides an overview of the issues and priorities being explored at this week’s conference.
Stjepan Tanic is Farming Systems Development Officer at FAO’s Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia. In the following interview he elaborates on family farming in the region.
Produced by: Sandra Ferrari