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Small farmers can feed a country, but they need help

By Robert Granke      

Many farmers struggle to grow enough for their families for a full year or earn enough to buy needed food.

A woman hoes the soil in a field near Timbuktu, Mali in December 2013. Robert Granke says 70 per cent of the world’s hungry are farmers. UN photograph by Marco Dormino

WINNIPEG—There is good news to report from the field concerning the level of hunger in the world. It’s down. It has decreased by more than 100 million people in the last decade. But one in nine people in the world still experience chronic hunger. The Food and Agriculture Organization calculates that around half of the world's hungry people are small-scale farmers, with holdings of two hectares or less. Another 20 per cent belong to landless families who work

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