Smallholder farming is key to improving nutrition

Canada has supported both nutritional interventions like vitamin supplements, and long-term nutrition improvement through smallholder agricultural development. This balance should be maintained.

UN Photo: Lucien Rajaonina
A woman works in a rice field near Tananarive, Madagascar.
Jim Cornelius, Kanayo F. Nwanze
Published: Monday, 06/03/2013 11:03 pm EDT

Later this month, Canada will join the other G8 countries in London at a summit to discuss major global challenges, including food security and nutrition. Before the summit, representatives of governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and industry will hold a meeting on Nutrition for Growth: Beating Hunger through Business and Science, which will focus on increasing the funding for initiatives such as food fortification, nutritional supplements, and improved treatment of malnutrition. While these initiatives are important, they are not a substitute for a diet of adequate nutritious food. For that, greater support is needed for the developing world’s 500 million small farms.

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