The 2014 World Food Day theme - Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth” - has been chosen to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farmers. It focuses world attention on the significant role of family farming in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas.
Bioversity International celebrates World Food Day
Did you know that there are over 500 million family farms around the world and that 80% of all farms in Africa are small farms? When peoples' livelihoods directly depend on their small farm or home garden, pests, climate change and other variables can have a life-changing impact. Agricultural and tree biodiversity play an essential role in achieving a more nutritious, productive and adaptable food and agricultural system.
M. Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Bioversity International tells us about her recent visit to Ethiopia with the Board of Trustees, and how we are working with family farmers in the country through the 'Seeds for Needs' initiative.
Seeds for Needs - Papua New Guinea introduces the agricultural context of Papua New Guinea, Bioversity International's 'Seeds for Needs' initiative in the country, and voices from some of the farmers we work with.