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  • Published on: 1 Nov 2011
  • Submitted by: Major Group: Farmers

Farmers Major Group Consensus Document
1) Increase the proportion of overseas development assistance focused on agriculture and rural development to 20%. Encourage countries to meet their commitments in l?Aquila, CAADP (Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme), and other regional commitments. Reduce poverty by supporting smallholders since farmers represent one half of the world?s poor and despite high profile promises, woefully few resources have truly begun to flow to help farmers break the poverty cycle. Agriculture and rural development must be treated in a holistic manner including establishing enabling conditions for investments for sustainable development in rural areas, which prioritize the needs of small scale food producers, including women, indigenous peoples, peasants and the rural poor.

2) Use a knowledge-based approach of best practices that sustain production and minimize the negative impacts of farming activities on the environment. Committing to increasing support for participatory approaches to farmer-to-farmer training, and participatory extension systems. Modern extension services must increase their capacity for two-way information sharing ? between experts in research and farmers themselves who have essential information on farming. Research and extension should be functionally linked and there should be pluralism in the approaches to implementing this form of education. Mobilisation of the scientific, donor, business, NGO, and farmer communities are needed to improve knowledge sharing. Recruiting young people to farming and agricultural sciences is essential.

3) Develop new approaches to reward farmers for ecosystem services that also foster sustainability and address poverty by enabling smallholder farmers to break the subsistence cycle and include women farmers in these approaches.

4) Rural Women need equitable access to secure land tenure; programs to address poverty, worklessness, and poor educational options; foster value added and collective marketing options; and increase their participation and representation in farm organisations and politics. Women account for 60 to 80% of peasant growers and produce 90% of food in Africa and about half of all food worldwide. Yet in sub-Saharan Africa, only 15% of landholders are women and they receive less than 10% of credit and 7% of extension services. Policies that address gender inequalities could, conservatively, increase yields on women?s farms by 2.5% to 4%.

5) Guarantee the rights of farmers to participate in decision making processes in all aspects of agriculture processes including research, production, distribution, pricing, marketing, standard setting, policy making and regulation of the agricultural commodities market, and empower them to exercise these rights.

6) Agriculture must be enabled to nourish all people and communities, both today and in the future, with healthy, diverse and culturally appropriate food that respects animal welfare and the integrity of natural ecosystems at both the local and global level.

7) Prompt the creation and development of regional, national and local agricultural policies, in collaboration with representative farm organisations. These must be able to provide a framework adapted to developing sustainable agricultural production, to mobilise investment, accompany the development of local production, open up rural areas, ensure the viability of agricultural activity which guarantees a fair income for farmers, the installation of young farmers and the renewal of generations and strengthens farm organisations.

8) At the same time, the reduction of post harvest losses, food waste and excessive consumption are essential to improve health and reduce environmental damage. Today, the average adult in an OECD country eats an unnecessary and unhealthy extra meal each day (roughly an extra 750 Cal). About 25% of the energy and water ? and the associated greenhouse gas produced used in OECD countries is wasted. At least 50% of OECD adults are overweight or obese. Obesity costs the OECD states almost $300 billion per year ? an amount that is more than enough to meet all of the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, with around $100 billion leftover.

9) Ensure small scale food producers, pastoralists, indigenous peoples, peasants and the rural poor are provided with enhanced access to information as a basis for decision-making; access to justice; and free, prior and informed consent for both policy development and implementation actions on the ground, including issues that pose a threat to local food security and tenurial rights such as land-grabbing.

10) Reference the recent and successful work of CSD-17 as negotiated text and develop means to implement the outcome.

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