29, Nov 2017
FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva told British legislators this week that the battle to end hunger is at an “inflection point” and that it is crucial to back family farmers to successfully tackle hunger. “The main cause of hunger nowadays is not the lack of food, but the lack of access to it,” he said. Family farmers, who produce most of the food globally, are also most vulnerable to food insecurity. Graziano da Silva emphasised the need to help them improve productivity, and provide them with social protection programmes. He also highlighted the need for legislation, saying, “Where public policies and programs are anchored in appropriate legislation, the indicators on malnutrition improve significantly”.