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'UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only Way To Feed The World'

'UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only Way To Feed The World' | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

“Wake up before it’s too late.” Small farms are the only way to feed the world. “The time is now to switch back to our natural farming roots.” These are dire warnings from the U.N. in a 2015 report. Monocrops and GMOs are not the only answer and are not enough to feed the world. There must also be a supplemental food source to feed the planet. That food source is small farms. We have to grow our own food. This is something that farmers, ranchers, and homesteaders have known since the beginning of modern agriculture.

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Small farms disappearing: cross sectorial approaches urgently needed – Igcat.org

Small farms disappearing: cross sectorial approaches urgently needed – Igcat.org | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
The urgent need to address reduction in small farm holdings was one of the subjects that provoked discussion at the international meeting on Food, Gastronomy and Tourism: social and cultural perspectives.  In association with the UNESCO Chair on Food, Culture and Development, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), the Laboratori de Patrimoni, Creativitat i Turisme Cultural (LABPACT), University of Barcelona/Ibertur,  with the collaboration of Tossa de Mar City Council, TossaLab, and the Chair on Culture, Gastronomy ant Tourism Calonge-Sant Antoni-University of Girona, the 44th international conference of the International Commission on the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (ICAF) took place, 25 – 27 May in Tossa de Mar, Catalonia.
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Promoting sustainable farming systems among small-holder farmers through effective use of ICTs.

Promoting sustainable farming systems among small-holder farmers through effective use of ICTs. | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Farmers in the Northern parts of Uganda face many challenges in the sector. The lack of enough funding from the Government, recovery from the LRA war and harsh weather patterns aside, other serious constraints include: lack of access to relevant and timely agricultural information; the need for more skills empowerment initiatives such as agribusiness and entrepreneurial skills; and poor attitudes and mindsets that are dictated by patriarchal beliefs which strongly influence power dynamics in many settings including resource control and ownership, continue to hinder progress in the agricultural sector in this part of the country.

 

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Watch: What could stop farmers' haemorrhage in Malta?

Watch: What could stop farmers' haemorrhage in Malta? | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

There are two things which he believes could be tackled: creating ways to get products to market in a way which was fairer for farmers who currently get a fraction of what consumers pay, and forming cooperatives to overcome the poor economies of scale that come from having small farms: three-quarters of farmers have less than a hectare.

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