Saturday, 5 September 2009

EU helps poor farmers

Poor farmers in the Philippines and four other countries are set to receive a productivity boost through new United Nations-led agricultural projects funded by a 34-million euro donation from the European Union (EU), the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) said.

WFP schemes, helping mostly female small-scale farmers grow food more efficiently in Bolivia, Guatemala, Senegal, Nepal and the Philippines, will get additional spending from the EU’s 1-billion euro Food Facility fund to further increase food production.

“The European Union has recognized that one of the best ways to make sure people have access to food is to help small farmers increase production,” said Gemmo Lodesani, director of the WFP liaison office in Brussels. “That way, they can feed their families and increase availability of food in their local markets.”

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