Achieving food and nutritional security through family farming – Published on World Agroforestry Centre, by Kate Langford, August 20, 2014.

With the International Year of Family Farming taking place in 2013, renowned Indian agricultural scientist, M S Swaminathan looks at what is needed to support these most important of producers in achieving food as well as nutritional security, especially in India.

It is estimated there are around 500 million farming families in the world. The International Year of Family Farming “offers an opportunity for achieving a shift from food security to nutrition security,” says Swaminathan. “Family farms tend to be based on crop, livestock, fish, agroforestry and mixed farming systems” which means they lend themselves to being made both nutrition and environment sensitive.  

He points to 4 main areas that will help family farmers to realize sustainable food security and eliminate hunger: … //

… (read the whole story on – India’s first global business networking platform, by M S Swaminathan, Aug 18 2014) … //

… The zero hunger vision can be converted into reality, provided family farmers are enabled to sustain their livelihoods based on the principles of ecology, economics, equity and employment. Family farms should be enabled to become both climate smart and nutrition sensitive. With increasing pressure of population on land and water resources and prospect of adverse changes in climate, decentralised family farming based on gender and nutrition sensitive agriculture is the pathway for food for all and forever.

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(M S Swaminathan is an agricultural scientist who led India’s green revolution).

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