UN advocating for rural farmers to invest in food processing

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Governments in developing countries which face chronic food shortages are being urged to develop strong rural organizations like producer groups and cooperatives in a bid to fight hunger and poverty reduction.

The UN Special Representative for Food Security and Nutrition David Nabarro says such organizations would enable small producers to play a greater role in meeting growing food demand while improving their own economic, social and political opportunities.

Speaking in Geneva, Dr Nabarro said increased investments in small holder agriculture to boost food production and processing was needed to improve food security and boost rural incomes.

"We are conscious within the whole UN system that smallholders suffer greatly because they are enabled to participate as businesses within food value chains, so that they can perhaps undertake some of the early processing on site and then get some value in that value chain back into their farms. So the way in which we have been working on this is to encourage the transformation of small holder subsistence agriculturalists into small businesses through helping them to build farmer organizations and cooperatives and then seeking ways to link them with the larger businesses that are involved in value chains."

Duration 43"

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