Hungry for land: small farmers feed the world with less than a quarter of all farmland

GRAIN | 28 May 2014 | Reports It is commonly heard today that small farmers produce most of the world’s food. But how many of us realise that they are doing this with less than a quarter of the world’s farmland, and that even this meagre share is shrinking fast? If small farmers continue to lose the very basis of their existence, the world will lose its capacity to feed itself. GRAIN took an in depth look at the data to see what is going on and the message is crystal clear. We need …

DARE Rome Meeting (2013)

Exploring the concepts of participatory research and  innovation and the global governance of agricultural research The Italian Research Foundation on Organic and Biodynamic Farming (FIRAB) launched the DARE project by hosting the first gathering in Rome between February 1-3, 2014. The delegations composed of farmers and researchers arriving from Italy, France, Switzerland and the UK agreed that what lies at the heart of the DARE project is the commitment to strengthening family farming. They emphasized that agroecology, agricultural biodiversity, sustainable production systems, transmission of knowledge, rights of local communities and food sovereignty are important aspects …