Rio+20: The European Commission contributes to plant genetics treaty fund. Traditional crops diversity for food security Rio de Janeiro, 21 June 2012 – The Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture receives €5 million from the European Commission, as a support to farmers in developing countries. Such initiative was announced ahead of a high-level meeting on the plant treaty at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. The Benefit-sharing Fund helps smallholder farmers diversify traditional crops, such as potato, rice, cassava and wheat, for food security and climate change. Shakeel Bhatti, Executive Secretary, International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for FAO (4min23sec)
No sustainable development without hunger eradication 30 May 2012, Rome - We can make agriculture help us achieve the future we want: a world without hunger, says FAO. Sustainable production systems that make efficient use of resources like water, land, and energy must become the basis of tomorrow's economy.