Family farmers crucial to ending hunger – FAO Director-General

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A Global Forum highlighting the UN’s Decade of Family Farming aimed at identifying priority policies to boost support for family farmers and agricultural development worldwide got underway on 19 September.

The world is moving backwards in its efforts to eliminate hunger and malnutrition, according to Qu Dongyu, FAO director-general.

The number of people facing hunger increased in 2021, and it risks rising further especially among the most vulnerable, of which almost 80% live in rural areas and are small-scale family farmers, he added.

However, family farmers can help make real progress towards ending hunger if they are the center of efforts to transform agri-food systems.

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