FAO Publication: Investing in agriculture for a better future

fao 2012Investing in agriculture is essential for reducing hunger and promoting sustainable agricultural production. Those parts of the world where agricultural capital per worker and public investments in agriculture have stagnated are the epicentres of poverty and hunger today. Demand growth over the coming decades will place increasing pressure on the natural resource base. Eradicating hunger sustainably will require a significant increase in agricultural investments, but also an improvement in their effectiveness. Farmers are the largest investors in developing country agriculture and must be central to any strategy for increasing investment in the sector, but if they are to invest more in agriculture they need a favourable climate for agricultural investment based on economic incentives and an enabling environment. Governments also have a special responsibility to help smallholders overcome the constraints they face in expanding their productive assets and to ensure that large-scale investments in agriculture are socially beneficial and environmentally sustainable. Government investment in agriculture is a crucial component of providing an enabling environment for private investments in the sector. Governments need to channel scarce public funds towards the provision of essential public goods with high economic and social returns.


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2 responses

  1. A crusade vs foodstuff waste is sweeping across China, with government officials and netizens in complete
    swing to fight extravagance within a world’s second-largest economy, which even now has 128 1000000 persons lifestyle within the poverty line.

    The movement echoes Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s call regarding
    frugal lifestyles, urging the fine Chinese tradition of
    “being diligent and thrifty.”

    In an age of excessive consumption and deficit spending, China’s frugality crusade is in addition setting an example pertaining to the world.

    A movement unveiled more recently through the Meals and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Countries Atmosphere Programme (UNEP) coincided with China’s efregardingts, taking the
    lifestyle dilemma on the center stage.

    Called the “Think, Eat, Save and Reduce your footprint,” the initiative appeals to consumers and retailers to embrace creative measures that could dramatically reduce meals waste at all amounts.

    According to data released from the FAO, about 1 third of all
    foods built globally and worth 1 trillion U.S. income is lost
    or wasted within a production and consumption systems.

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