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Monday, 28 January 2013

Role of smallholders emphasized in World Economic Forum's report

The World Economic Forum's report, ‘Achieving the New Vision for Agriculture: New Models for Action’ focuses and acknowledges the importance of around 500 million smallholders worldwide, who account for 97% of total global agricultural holdings, and produce food for almost 70% of the world's population.
The report was launched on the occasion of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, organized between 23-27 Jnauary in Davos, Switzerland.
The role of smallholders for global food security and environmental sustainability is highlighted. Furthermore, it suggests that they can included in the transformation of agriculture, through regional and national partnerships with the private sector, governments and the civil society.
However, critics call for caution in the approach, voicing their doubts whether smallholders can actually have a voice in front of large-scale concerns that drive the initiative, and expressing concerns over a too market-based approaches on food security and poverty reduction.

Source: The Guardian