The UN Conference on Trade and Development, in its recently released Trade and Environment Report 2013, concludes that developing and developed countries alike need a paradigm shift in agricultural development– from a “green revolution” to a “truly ecological intensification” approach.
Warning that continuing rural poverty, persistent hunger around the world, growing populations, and mounting environmental concerns must be treated as a collective crisis, the report urges far-reaching action before climate change begins to cause major disruptions to agriculture, especially in developing countries.
AGRA Watch joins with our colleagues at La Via Campesina, GRAIN and ETC in welcoming this report. We support its conclusion that farming in rich and poor nations alike should shift from monoculture towards greater varieties of crops, reduced use of fertilizers and other inputs, greater support for small-scale farmers, and more locally focused production and consumption of food. With these groups, “we call upon the international community to join us in the struggle for food sovereignty, to resist the corporate control of our food system, and to support peasant farmers and other small scale food producers to feed the world.”