Eco-efficient agriculture could solve “crisis of poverty” – UN

9 March, 2011 by (comments)

Eco-efficient farming could help confront the food and “poverty” crisis by boosting yields and reducing food prices, according to the United Nations (UN),  BusinessGreen reports.

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The new UN report announced yesterday on UNifeed, Agro-ecology and the Right to Food, argues that a switch to sustainable, or “agro-ecological” agriculture will help maintain the supply of natural resources for our growing population.

It would especially benefit smallholder farmers who have become “impoverished…as a result of policies that have increasingly dualized agriculture, benefiting a small number of larger producers but neglecting many small farmers,” said the UN special rapporteur Olivier de Schutter during the broadcast.

The New York Times provides an analysis, exploring the merits of a global sustainable agricultural system.

 

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