Chiara Frazzoli

The UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) pointed out that “there is no safety net like food security”: agricultural growth is more effective in reducing poverty levels than expansion in other sectors, as well as to reverse migration of people from the urban areas to rural areas. Small-scale farmers could be part of the solution to global food security provided the right investments, policies and development programmes are in place to make them increasingly able to respond quickly to an increased demand for food and to global market (http://allafrica.com/stories). The joint European Commission – African Union Commission specific programme targets the promotion of compliance with international Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary measures towards the reduction of the likelihood of food-borne diseases and the related health and socio-economic burden. At micro level, the capacity building activities will help improve the use of agricultural inputs (fertilisers, pesticides, veterinary drugs, etc.) and good hygiene practices in the production and distribution of agro-food products, as well as animal/product management systems of control and certification. At macro level, the activities will support the gradual integration and competitiveness of the agro-food sector, strengthening the pivotal role of agriculture towards rural development and food security and food safety, increasing market access for African producers, both within Africa and with the rest of the world. Read more: http://ec.europa.eu/food/training_strategy

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03.08.2009

Chiara Frazzoli

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