FAO supports small seed farming for food security
Mar 7, 2011
The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) announced recently that it supports small seed farming in developing countries, according to All Africa News.
"It doesn't cost a lot comparatively to set up a seed enterprise, especially when it involves local farmers' organizations, but as case studies in the policy guide from three continents have shown, such enterprises can be highly effective in improving food output," said FAO's plant production and protection division director Shivaji Pandey.
The FAO report called for private sector involvement, including privatization of agricultural services, as well as lower tariffs on seed-importation.
Cote d'Ivoire, for example, reduces its tariffs on imported seeds in support of "small-scale seed enterprises," reported the news source.
According to the FAO official website, the food price index is currently at the highest level that it has ever been, since measurements began in 1990.
"The only encouraging factor so far stems from a number of countries, where - due to good harvests - domestic prices of some of the food staples remain low compared to world prices," said FAO economist Abdolreza Abbassian.