Countryside food producers suffering most from poverty

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Maria Helena Semedo. Photo: FAO/Roberto Cenciarelli

Farmers producing 80 per cent of the world's food are suffering the most from poverty and malnutrition, according to the deputy chief of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

That paradox is one of the major challenges facing FAO as it tries to help countries reach the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), said Maria Helena Semedo, speaking at UN Headquarters where she was attending the recent high level political forum on the SDGs.

She said that FAO needed to help vulnerable farmers grow better produce, in line with public demand, while also using natural resources more sustainably.

Monica Grayley asked the FAO Deputy Director-General what the key SDGs were from her perspective.

Duration: 5'46"

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