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WORLD FOOD DAY 2012. Agricultural Cooperatives: key to feeding the world

The role agricultural cooperatives play in improving food security and contributing to the eradication of hunger is the focus of World Food Day 2012 to be celebrated on October 16th. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations “Nearly one in seven people suffer from undernourishment, yet the world has the means to eliminate hunger and fuel sustainable development. There is broad agreement that smallholders will provide much of the extra food needed to feed more than nine billion people by 2050. One of the necessary steps to achieving food security is to support and invest in cooperatives, producer organizations and other rural institutions.”
At the FAO 37th Conference in 2011,Pope Benedict XVI had already dealt with this issue by stressing the importance of the rural family “Thus the chosen projects must also be supported by the international community as a whole, in order to rediscover the value of the rural family business and to support its central role in order to achieve stable food security. Indeed, in the rural world the traditional family nucleus is endeavouring to promote agricultural production through the wise transmission by parents to their children not only of systems of cultivation or of the preservation and distribution of food, but also of lifestyles, principles of education, culture, the religious sense, and the conception of the sacredness of the person in all the stages of his or her existence. The rural family is not only a work model, but a model of living and a concrete expression of solidarity, in which the essential role of women is confirmed.”
AVSI carries out several projects in the field of agriculture, nutrition, water and food security. Their common point is that “the educated person is able to cultivate, transform and feed”. Education, as self-discovery and introduction to total reality, leads people to take care of themselves, their families and their communities and build a better world. This is the root of the rural labour and the basis for a generative relationship between people and nature.
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