Thursday, May 29, 2014

[biofuelwatch] Small farmers feed the world – with less than a quarter of all farmland





 New from GRAIN | 29 May 2014


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

Governments and international agencies frequently boast that small farmers control the largest share of the world's agricultural land. But a new review of the data carried out by GRAIN reveals that the opposite is true. Small farms, which produce most of the world's food, are currently squeezed onto less than a quarter of the world's farmland – or less than a fifth if you leave out China and India.

If the current processes of land concentration continue, then no matter how hard-working, efficient and productive they are, small farmers will simply not be able to carry on.

We need to urgently put land back in the hands of small farmers and make the struggle for genuine and comprehensive agrarian reform central to the fight for better food systems.

Read the report here: http://www.grain.org/e/4929.

The report includes a fully-referenced dataset available for download, a series of online maps and http://www.grain.org/article/entries/4952-hungry-for-land-small-farmers-feed-the-world-with-less-than-a-quarter-of-all-farmland





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