Small Farmers Provide Food On Table – Phl Special Ambassador

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dar web news pix 1 may 27 2014 400THE SMALL farming families are the ones providing food on the table, and not the big corporate farms as what everyone thinks, the country’s International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) special ambassador for Asia and the Pacific Region said.

IYFF Special Ambassador Ma. Estrella Penunia-Banzuela stressed that “it is not the big corporate farms that feed the world. It’s these farming families which consist of the father, the mother and their children who work together in their small farms that provide for our food daily.”

“Together, let us use this International Year to reposition family farming as a central tool for sustainable development,” Banzuela said shortly after the soft launching of the IYFF at the DAR-central office gymnasium recently.

dar web news pix 2 may 27 2014 400Banzuela emphasized this in recognition of family farmers, being “the leading figures in responding to the urgency the world and our country faces today: providing food security and preserving our natural resources through natural farming.”

The IYFF, launched on November 22, 2013 by the United Nations and the Food and Agriculture Organizations (FAO) in New York, aims to highlight the importance of farming families in food security and in protecting our environment.

According to studies made by the UN and FAO, 80 percent of the harvests produced by big corporate farms are transformed into feeds for animals such as cows, sheep, pigs, etc; which they supply to big corporate animal farms.

The same studies added that only 20 percent is produced by these corporate farms for human consumption.

It is here where small farming families come to the rescue for they till up to 80 percent of all farm holdings, Banzuela said.

In her speech, Banzuela also stressed the importance of women farmers in mitigating hunger and food production.

“The women folk in every farming family are the ones that take care of her family and at the same time does her share of work in the farm. But she has needs too. Governments can empower women farmers by creating policies that are unbiased and sustainable for their welfare,” she said.