Biotech Updates

Food Prize Symposium Focuses On Small Farmers

October 15, 2010

The world's poorest farms may start getting the attention and funding that the U.S. government initially intended for American producers. This is due to the new commitment of the U.S. and other industrialized countries to help poor farmers improve their own food production. Through its Feed the Future initiative, the U.S. government funds programs for small-scale farmers.

Those small-scale farmers will also be the priority of the discussions at the annual World Food Prize symposium in Des Moines, Iowa scheduled this week (11-16 October 2010). The symposium bears the theme "Take it to the Farmer," which originated from the last words of the Nobel Peace Prize recipient Norman Borlaug. Participants of the panel discussions include small-scale farmers, together with development experts, scientists, and business representatives.

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