Report calls for "new deal" for smallholder farmers

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Smallholder farmers

The majority of the world's hungry people paradoxically are smallholder farmers, according to a report by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition.

It finds that of the nearly 1.5 billion people worldwide who subsist on less than $1.25 a day, roughly 70 per cent live in rural areas and depend on agriculture.

The report is calling for "a new deal" for the world's smallholder farmers—usually families who derive their income from growing crops or raising animals.

This includes more investment in smallholder agriculture, including conserving and enhancing soil health, providing credit and insurance, and enhancing the sustainable management of resources.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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