UN Report Says Lots of Small Scale Farms The Key To Feeding The World

UN Sustainability Report Proposes Huge Increase in Small Farms

In case you missed it, the UN published a report in which 60 experts discuss sustainable resilient agriculture and climate change.

They propose something that is counter-intuitive and goes against the tide of Big Agriculture and the trade agreements being reached around the world.

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) produced a write-up of the document and framed the arguments in it.

Read more about this below

by Ben Lilliston

Transformative changes are needed in our food, agriculture and trade systems in order to increase diversity on farms, reduce our use of fertilizer and other inputs, support small-scale farmers and create strong local food systems. That’s the conclusion of a remarkable new publication from the U.N. Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

The report, Trade and Environment Review 2013: Wake Up Before it is Too Late, included contributions from more than 60 experts around the world………..

The report links global security and escalating conflicts with the urgent need to transform agriculture toward what it calls “ecological intensification.” The report concludes, “This implies a rapid and significant shift from conventional, monoculture-based and high-external-input-dependent industrial production toward mosaics of sustainable, regenerative production systems that also considerably improve the productivity of small-scale farmers.”

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The report’s findings are in stark contrast to the accelerated push for new free trade agreements, including the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the U.S.-EU Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which expand a long discredited model of economic development designed primarily to strengthen the hold of multinational corporate and financial firms on the global economy. Neither global climate talks nor other global food security forums reflect the urgency expressed in the UNCTAD report to transform agriculture………..
You can read more about the Institute and its role in the publication by visiting their website here.

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