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FAO calls for farmer-centred approach to investment in agriculture

Making more and better investments in agriculture is one of the most effective ways to reduce hunger and poverty while safeguarding the environment.

This is the key message of FAO´s flagship annual report, The State of Food and Agriculture 2012 (SOFA) presented today in Rome.

The world´s more than one billion farmers must be central to any agricultural investment strategy, as they are the biggest investors in this sector, the report notes. But farmers’ investments are often limited by unfavourable investment climates.

"A new investment strategy is needed that puts agricultural producers at its centre," said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva. “The challenge is to focus the investments in areas where they can make a difference. This is important to guarantee that investments will result in high economic and social returns and environmental sustainability. ”

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