UNEP’S Angela Cropper Calls for Holistic Approach to Agriculture at FAO Conference


5 June 2008: Addressing the

High-Level Conference on World Food Security (3-5 June 2008, Rome, Italy),

UNEP's Deputy Executive Director Angela Cropper cautioned against a

reductionist model to agricultural production that reduces farming to a simple

process of intensification and ignores the wealth of agricultural biodiversity.

She noted that UNEP is

convinced that “this is not a model that will ultimately serve the interests of

either the developed or developing world.” She acknowledged the need for

investment in farm equipment, creative market mechanisms and fair management of

global trade and markets, but also highlighted the need for investment in

ecosystem and biodiversity conservation and restoration, sustainable farming

techniques and traditional farmers' experience. [Statement]

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