In Brief 19
Farming the land to fight poverty and hunger
Agriculture has a number of functions to fulfil: it has to secure food supplies, generate income and help sustain natural resources. Read more! (2011)
In order to meet these expectations farming has to be site-specific, i.e. methods have to be adapted to local environmental conditions and cultural contexts, and build upon available knowledge. In developing countries, site-specific farming is an important driving force behind rural development and poverty elimination. Helping poor smallholders become economically, ecologically and socially sustainable small-scale farmers is one of the most important ways of over-coming hunger and poverty. National agricultural policies and international development programmes contribute most significantly towards the realisation of the human right to food and to an appropriate standard of living in rural areas if they take into account the principles of site-specific farming.
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