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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

FAO set to change form of agriculture

The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has taken up the challenge to change the mode of agriculture in the 21st century, NaijaAgroNet can now report.

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said at the International Forum on Agriculture and Climate Change programme organized by the French Government at the French Capital, said that the form in which Agricultural activities are being carried out in the 21st Century is not suitable in the fight against food security challenges.

NaijaAgroNet reports the DG also noted even though the amount of unremittingly hungry individuals has been reduced by 100 million in the past decade, 805 million are still living with hunger challenges on usual bases notwithstanding the fact that world still produces enough food to feed the everybody.

"Since food production is not a sufficient condition for food security, it means that the way we are producing is no longer acceptable, what we are still mostly seeing is a model of production that cannot prevent the degradation of soils and the loss of biodiversity - both of which are essential goods, especially for future generations. This model must be reviewed. We need a paradigm shift. Food systems need to be more sustainable, inclusive and resilient,"da Silva said.

"Climate-smart agriculture" is the new approach to agriculture said José Graziano da Silva who also noted that agriculture has a vital role to play not just in food productivity but also in Climate change.

ChidozieAnibueze /GEE/ED, Ops

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