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Jakarta, September 2010

20 December 2010

Sustainable Peasant and Family Farm Agriculture Can Feed the World

Via Campesina Views

The 2008 world food price crisis, and more recent price hikes this year, have focused attention on the ability of the world food system to “feed the world.”

In La Vía Campesina, the global alliance of peasant and family farm organizations, we believe that agroecological food production by small farmers is the agricultural model best suited to meeting future food needs.

The contemporary food crisis is not really a crisis of our ability to produce.
It is more due to factors like the food speculation and hoarding that transnational food corporations and investment funds engage in, the
global injustices that mean some eat too much while many
others don’t have money to buy adequate food, and/or lack
land on which to grow it, and misguided policies like the
promotion agrofuels that devote farm land to feeding cars
instead of feeding people.

However, we cannot deny that our collective ability to grow
enough food — including, crucially, how we grow it — is
an important piece in the jigsaw puzzle of ending hunger.

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