FAO launches high-level reports on biofuels and smallholder farmers

Report coverToday (26 June 2013) sees the launch of two reports from the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition: #5 Biofuels and food security, and #6 Investing in smallholder agriculture for food security.

Report 6, according to its Foreword, calls for “a new deal for smallholders”, focusing on five components.

  • conservation and enhancement of  soil health
  • sustainable management  of all water sources and launching a  “more crop and income per drop of water” movement
  • extending appropriate technologies and inputs
  • providing the needed credit and insurance
  • ensuring assured and remunerative marketing opportunities.

The launch event is webcast and the reports are available to download from the FAO website.