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EU wants to help small farmers in developing countries

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Thursday, 15 April 2010

EU wants to help small farmers in developing countries

To increase food security in developing countries, the European Commission has suggested that small-scale farmers must be supported and efforts must be made to ensure that their land rights are respected. Most of the world's poor and hungry live in rural areas, where small-scale agriculture constitutes the main economic activity, notes the European Commission in a policy paper published on 31 March.
As a consequence, the Commission believes "sustainable small-scale food production should be the focus of EU assistance to increase the availability of food in developing countries".The policy paper on food security in the developing world was adopted as part of the EU executive's 'spring package' on development and in the framework of this year's mid-term review of the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDG). One of those goals is to halve the proportion of the world's population that suffers from hunger by 2015. The paper notes that EU aid should prioritise "sustainable and ecologically efficient" farm intensification approaches, by optimising agricultural inputs and supporting integrated pest management, improved soil and water management and stress-resistant crop varieties, for example.

Source: Euractiv