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Latin American and Caribbean governments

encourage the development of family agriculture

Local family agriculture and rural development were one of the three priorities identified by the governments of the region to plan the work of Food and Agriculture Organization in the region.

Governments in Latin America and the Caribbean show its commitment in fighting against hunger, during the FAO Regional Conference for Agriculture, which was held last week in Santiago, Chile, and through the identification of family farming as one of the three priorities of the Regional Action Plan of the Organization. A new publication to the Food and Agriculture Organization indicated that the family agriculture sector in Latin America and the Caribbean includes more than 16 million farm, featuring 60 million man, and if added to the so-sector contributions in the areas of rural employment and food production, it is already a key and a real pillar of security food.

The First Lady of Peru (Nadine Hiridra) during the FAO Regional Conference and agriculture confirmed that: “The family farming does not only provide an important standard of living of rural families in situations of poverty, but also offers plenty of room forthe provision of food security, holding partnerships, and achieving comprehensive rural development.”

The Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (Jose Graziano da Silva) said that: “to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development in the Latin American region are linked basically in full link with family agriculture.”

Minister of Agriculture of Chile was (Carlos Verci), during the International Year of Family Farming 2014 (IYFF), confirmed that “the Chilean government aimed at supporting the focal points between smallholder farmers, and the other links in the chain, in order to add value to their product.”

Also, commented the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Argentina (Carlos Cassamikhuela), saying: "that 65% of producers in Argentina are family farmers, and they produce 20% of the agricultural GDP, making this sector an important sector of our country in the  fields of society, economy, land occupancy, and  use (run) labor.

As the Special Ambassador for the International Year of Family Farming (Mirna Cunningham) noted about the importance of family farming to indigenous communities in the region, saying: “It's very important for a population of 40 million in the region ramified of about 600 indigenous group, it helps in providing them with what is produced of foodstuffs.”

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