20-22 September 2010
With only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders to attend a summit in New York on 20-22 September 2010 to accelerate progress towards the MDGs
Mr. Alexander Schejtman, RIMISP Principal Investigator, makes a presentation on the current scope of family farming and in particular the situation of Latin America regarding development and food security.
In Mozambique, soaring commodity prices led to a surge in violence in recent days. Thirteen people were killed. The government took emergency measures against high prices.
In the statement by the President of Peru, Alan Garcia, that "Peru is not an agricultural country," but "essentially mining", Fernando Eguren, CEPES president, defends agriculture as an activity that directly employs nearly a third of workers of the country, being the basis of the economy of most regions of Peru.
Organic farmers or those aspiring to make the change now have more opportunities to obtain expert advice through the Industrial Technology Assistance Programme (ITAP).
Food commodities markets will remain more volatile in years ahead and the international community will need to develop appropriate ways of dealing with that, said today Hafez Ghanem, FAO assistant-Director General.
In the last years, foreign investors have increased their interest in Brazilian lands due to the last period characterized by scarcity in inputs and food products, the boom of the agrofuels and the high commodity prices. In this way Brazilian Government has approved a new rule that limits the amount of rural land that a foreign enterprise can purchase.