UN Food Rapporteur calls for boost to small farms

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The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, has said a boost to small-scale farming could help to end hunger.

"In fact, small-scale farming can be extremely productive per hectare; it is very efficient in its use of natural resources," Mr De Schutterer told the BBC World Service.

The Special Rapporteur spoke on the day a UK government-commissioned study into food security warned that urgent action is needed to increase food supply to meet growing demand.

Small-scale farming "is certainly the type of farming that can best address the challenge of climate change", he said.

"I think investing in small-scale farming rather than investing in large-scale heavily mechanised plantations is really the path we should now radically espouse."

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