Farmers should be at centre of strategy to improve investment in agriculture: FAO

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Investing in agriculture for a better future

The world's more than one billion farmers, who are the largest investors in agriculture, should be at the centre of any strategy aimed at improving agricultural investment.

That's the key message of the latest edition of "The State of Food and Agriculture 2012" (SOFA), issued by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Thursday.

In its report, the food agency calls on governments to create a more conducive investment climate in order to unlock the full investment potential of farmers in many rural areas.

Jomo Kwame Sundaram is FAO's Assistant-Director General for Economic and Social Development.

"Investing in agriculture is effective for reducing both poverty, as well as hunger. Farmers, as the biggest and most important investors in agriculture must be central to all agricultural investment strategies. They need a favourable environment for agricultural investments. But for many small farmers that is not enough. Governments must also help them overcome barriers to investment and also help to ensure that large investments are socially beneficial."

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