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Investments In Small Farmers Critical To Reach Many Development Goals

Huffington Post: Small Farmers Can Help Meet Sustainable Development and Climate Goals — But They Need Our Support
Shenggen Fan, economist and director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute

“…[S]mall farmers can help us achieve many of the [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)], but only if we bolster their ability to cope with climate change and other challenges. … When you count them up, empowered small farmers can help achieve more than half of the 17 SDGs … [T]he success of the SDGs will depend on country-led and -owned efforts that include everyone. To keep this agenda in focus, we must not leave small farmers behind. Instead, we must reach small farmers through better communication and harness their potential to elevate country-level progress by including them in national strategies as well as global climate negotiations…” (4/11).

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