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Slow Food and FAO agreement: targeting smallholders and biodiversity

Last month FAO and Slow Food International signed a

three-year Memorandum of Agreement to develop joint work to improve the livelihoods of smallholders and others working in rural areas. The key actions under the agreement are: advocacy campaigns, strengthening local, regional and

global networks and raising awareness of global initiatives such as the International Year Family Farming in 2014.

The agreement also has a strong focus on the protection of traditional food products and the promotion of culinary traditions as well as the cultural heritage of rural communities. It will highlight the value of local foods and neglected food crops while also targeting market access for small-scale producers, enhancing conservation and use of biodiversity, reducing food losses and food waste, and improving animal welfare. The work of Slow Food specifically will help produce inventories of local, indigenous and underutilized species that are potentially important to food security, thus supporting FAO’s role in revaluing and promoting neglected crops. The two organizations will promote animal welfare as a primary element to add value to animal products and boost incomes for farmers and others in the food supply chain.

To read more, visit FAO’s website.

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