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UN Family Farming Decade launched

18.07.2019 15:53 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) As of now, at the UN Headquarters (NY), the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) meeting (this year Jul 9–18) is taking place, FAO reports. As to the report, on the Forum sidelines, the UN Decade of Family Farming was launched yesterday. As to the report, the event saw the participation of the heads of FAO and the International Fund for Agricultural Development, which are leading the implementation of the Decade; co-organizers Costa Rica and France, as well as La Via Campesina, the World Rural Forum and the World Farmers’ Organization among others. While speaking within the Decade launching, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said family farmers worldwide need enabling public policies and legal frameworks that will «allow them to adapt and flourish in today’s changing environment» and maximize their contribution to sustainable development. «We need to reform our food systems and link the activities of the Decade of Family Farming with the Decade of Action on Nutrition. Family farmers are the ones who produce healthy foods. They can save us from the epidemic of obesity, and we need them for healthy diets,» da Silva said. It is to be admitted, family farms represent over 90% of all farms globally, and produce 80% of the world total foods (within value terms).

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