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Food security under threat

A new science paper, published on Thursday, has warned that plans to fund programmes to boost small-scale agriculture in developing countries with billions of dollars are unlikely to succeed.

This is due to increasing populations, changing environments and “intellectual commitment” to ubiquitous small-scale and mixed farmers who raise both crops and animals.

“In most regions of the world, farming systems are under intense pressure, but the problems are not the same everywhere.

“In the past, farmers have developed the ability to adapt to small changes in terms of weather patterns and access to fertile land and water.

But the rapid rates of change seen in many developing countries today outstrip the capacity of many to adapt,” said Mario Herrero, ILRI Senior scientist and the paper’s lead author.

Read more… (Daily Guide – Ghana)

Related articles:

Food security: Special issue of Science examines obstacles and solutions (ILRI Clippings)
Report says new investments in agriculture likely to fail… (Pan-African News Agency)
Small farmers key to global food security… (United Press International)
Science’s special issue on food security… (Chicago Council on Foreign Relations’ Global Food for Thought Blog)
Husdyr viktig for matsikkerhet… (Forskning – Norway)

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