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The State of Food and Agriculture 2012

Investing in Agriculture for a Better Future

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This edition of The State of Food and Agriculture shows that farmers are the largest investors in developing country agriculture and argues, therefore, that farmers and their investment decisions must be central to any strategy aimed at improving agricultural investment. The report also presents evidence showing how public resources can be used more effectively to catalyse private investment, especially by farmers themselves, and to channel public and private resources towards more socially beneficial outcomes. The focus of this report is on the accumulation of capital by farmers in agriculture and the investments made by governments to facilitate this accumulation.

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World food and agriculture in review

The current world food and agricultural situation is characterized by continued high and volatile international food prices and the persistence of hunger and malnutrition in many parts of the world. This is generating growing concerns about the long-term sustainability of agricultural and food systems. These problems lie at the heart of recent discussions by the G20 Ministers of Agriculture and the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20 Summit), both held in June 2012, which emphasized the need for sustainable growth in agricultural productivity to help eradicate hunger and ensure more efficient use of natural resources.

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