Investing in rural people who feed the world can reduce hunger: IFAD

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The Acet family prepare the soil before they plant potatoes on their land in Güzelyayla village, Turkey. ©IFAD/Susan Beccio – See more at: http://www.ifad.org/media/events/2014/wfw.htm#sthash.EIuwH5pm.dpuf

Investing in the rural people can help fight poverty and reduce hunger.

That's according to the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, Kanayo Nywanze, ahead of World Food Day.

Observed annually on 16 October, this year's focus is on the important contribution of family farmers to world food security.

Family farmers are women and men who depend on their own labour and that of family members for their food and income.

Eighty percent of the food in the world is produced by small holder, family farms, Mr Nywanze noted.

"Now, on this World Food Day, we should actually decide to take action beyond words and conferences and seminars and declarations to actually invest in the rural people of the world who feed us. I say invest in people, not just invest in agriculture because it is the people who produce the food because if we do not do this, come 2025, we'll have a more serious challenge trying to feed the world."

There are 500 million small farms worldwide, according to the UN.

Massive investments in infrastructure and services are needed for a "full transformation of the rural space", Mr Nywanze added.

The UN General Assembly has designated 2014, "International Year of Family Farming".

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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