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Food security and family farming: AVSF’s experiment in Africa

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AVSF invites you to attend a round-table discussion on the topic of food and agriculture in Africa. The discussion will be led by Bruno Cras, journalist and columnist for Europe 1. The event will take place on Friday, June 22, 2012, at 3 p.m. at AgroParisTech Engref.

Experiments carried out on the ground to help reduce hunger
For the past 35 years, AVSF has seen its cooperation activities as experiments. These experiments allow us to actually see, on the ground, which conditions best enable people living in rural areas to ensure their own food security and help feed urban areas. Three of these important experiments will be presented on June 22, at 3 p.m.
This round-table discussion will be an opportunity for people involved in agricultural development to discuss their respective points of view. They will share their thoughts about the experiments presented by AVSF’s partners and teams in West Africa and Madagascar. The full program for the event is indicated below.

Local solutions for feeding the African continent
Africa currently faces a considerable food challenge as a result of its demographic growth. Rapid urbanization has led to a growing need to provide access to food for the poor and people living on low income in medium- to large-sized cities.
But it is public, economic, and rural-development policies at the national level that must create these conditions in order to ensure that people living in rural areas have enough to eat, cities are supplied with sufficient amounts of food, and the rural exodus into urban areas is checked. Such policies should allow smallholders and their families to live off their land and from their work, and should therefore considerably reduce imports of wheat from Europe and America, and rice from Asia.

Press contact: Christophe LEBEL // 01 43 94 73 48