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segunda-feira, 12 de junho de 2017

Burden faced by Africa’s small farmers masked by focus on migration and poverty

The panel debating public-private partnerships for the world's 500 million smallholder farmers at the EU Development Days in Brussels.
[Matthew Tempest/Flickr]
But the plight of these smallholders, often tilling one hectare of land or less, gets overlooked in the fight against global poverty and the media’s focus on migration, a senior figure from the EU’s Development and International Cooperation commission admitted.

Dr Leonard Mizzi, the head of unit for Rural Development, Food Security and Nutrition, warned that, according to world population growth estimates, global food production “would have to double by 2030, and double again by 2050″.

Whilst in the West, farmers are protected – to some extent – by subsidies under the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy, and federal subsidies from Washington to US farmers, the 70% of the world’s poor who live in rural areas will struggle massively to increase production.

“We need the cooperative movement to be scaled up,” Mizzi told an audience from the public and private sectors at event, “Global Partnerships supporting smallholder partnerships” on the final day of the mammoth conference, organised by the EU.

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