The State of Food and Agriculture 2014

Innovation in Family Farming

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More than 500 million family farms manage the majority of the world’s agricultural land and produce most of the world’s food. We need family farms to ensure global food security, to care for and protect the natural environment and to end poverty, undernourishment and malnutrition. But these goals can be thoroughly achieved if public policies support family farms to become more productive and sustainable. This edition of the The State of Food and Agriculture analyses family farms and the role of innovation in ensuring global food security, poverty reduction and environmental sustainability. It argues that family farms must be supported to innovate in ways that promote sustainable intensification of production and improvements in rural livelihoods. Innovation is a process through which farmers improve their production and farm management practices.



Conclusions: fostering innovation in family farming

Feeding the world in the next few decades will depend critically on the more than 500 million family farms that form the backbone of agriculture in most countries. These farmers are called on to produce much of the additional 60 percent of food that the world’s population will need by 2050. At the same time, family farms will have to play a leading role in the continuing fight against hunger and poverty and in preserving the natural environment against spreading degradation and advancing climate change.


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