Help small farmers first to avoid famine

Help small farmers first to avoid famine

The smallholders who produce most of the planet’s food cannot accept that they are left at the mercy of unpredictable weather and that the amount of investment that helps them adapt is very small.Gilbert Hongbo, president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IAFD), said in a statement.

They do not make a significant contribution to climate change, but they are the first victims of their effects. They are more prone to poor harvests and livestock losses, endangering our entire diet.“, In his opinion.

We need to work for them to stay on their land and grow nutritious food sustainably. Otherwise, hunger, poverty and immigration will increase in the coming years.Mr. Hongbo warned.

He is expected to announce next week an international fund (ASAP +) to raise US $ 500 million for small farmers.

The president of the fund will be accompanied by British actor Idris Elba, his wife Sandrine and ambassadors to Fida Goodwill. He will hold talks with Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Cruy and Danish Minister of International Development Doug Ingąµ† Alstei.

Germany, Austria, Ireland and Qatar have already pledged to contribute to the event.

Climate change will lead to a sharp increase in hunger and poverty. Photo: AFP / VNA / CVN

Production of Africa’s major crops such as pulses, maize and cassava will increase by 2050 in Angola, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe due to climate change, which could lead to a sharp rise in famine and poverty.

Climate change will force more than 140 million people to migrate by 2050.

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An initial ASAP program distributed US $ 300 million to more than 5 million farmers in 41 countries. But FIDA says 1.7% of global climate finance goes to small producers.

AFP / VNA / CVN

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