UN Ambassador Gerd Sonnleitner
on the “International Year of Family Farming”:
“Peasant agriculture is the backbone of global food supply”
“Peasant agriculture is the backbone of the world’s food supply” stated Gerd Sonnleitner, Honorary President of the European Farmers Association (COPA) and at the same time United Nations’ Ambassador for the International Year of Family Farming, in a video message. The video has been recorded on the occasion of the launch of the World Farmers’ Association’s General Assembly, which will take place in Argentina in March 2014. “Worldwide, 90 percent of all farms are run by families. They produce high-quality food and renewable raw materials. The economic risk and responsibility are both entirely in the hands of farmers and their families,” Sonnleitner emphasized during his greeting.
In order to encourage farmers and their families, they need “the political and economic support of the whole society, to ensure agriculture can be developed in a modern and productive way” underlined Sonnleitner. Under these conditions, peasant agriculture has the potential to feed the world’s growing population sufficiently today as well as in the future. Farmers need to be supported from political side and need stable framework conditions. “Thus, peasant agriculture can provide an added value and performance in all manners.” This is the reason why United Nations’ Ambassador for the International Year of Family Farming advocates that farms all over the world should receive the support of the entire society. Sonnleitner ends his statement with the words: “I ask for your support for the future of family farms and a prosperous life of all people”.
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