Bringing together key players in food security from the private, public and civil society sector, the Economist’s annual Feeding the World conference yesterday in London also highlighted CABI’s efforts to level the playing field for the smallholder farmer. Invited to speak on the afternoon panel focused on trade and supply chain resources, CABI’s CEO Dr Trevor Nicholls spoke about the need for delivering access to ‘appropriate technologies’ for the smallholder farmers as one key to securing a more food secure future SEE VIDEO CLIP HERE. “CABI is working to level the playing field for smallscale farmers,” said Dr Nicholls, “in terms of access to practical, appropriate technologies and information, for example, mobile voice messaging with weather forecasts and pest management advice.” DFID’s MP Lynne Featherstone echoed the importance of support for these projects in her remarks to The Economist attendees. “By supporting programmes like CABI’s Direct to Farm (D2F) initiative, we’re reaching over 4 million farmers with resources to help them increase productivity,” commented Featherstone.
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