New York, Feb 22 2012 1:05PM
A top United Nations official today <“http://www.ifad.org/media/press/2012/13.htm”>committed to pull up to 90 million people out of poverty by 2015 and help small farmers and all those in rural areas to realize their potential in eliminating hunger and promoting development.
“Smallholder farmers can feed themselves and they can help feed the world,” Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), said in his opening <“http://www.ifad.org/events/op/2012/gc.htm”>address to the agency’s Governing Council.
“The time has come for smallholders to play their rightful role in contributing to economic growth and food security,” he told the gathering of world leaders, global policy-makers, farmers and government ministers.
Mr. Nwanze noted that agriculture is a growth industry. With the world population expected to pass 9 billion by 2050, demand for food is guaranteed to rise in the coming years.
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