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Post-2015 MDGs: Farmers should be prioritized post-2015 to reduce poverty

  • Novia D. Rulistia

    The Jakarta Post

Nusa Dua, Bali   /   Tue, March 26 2013   /  12:06 pm

Farmers from around the world are urging the adoption of a new comprehensive development scheme for peasants and indigenous farmers under the Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Henry Saragih, general coordinator of the international peasant’s movement La Via Campesina, told a forum during the High Level Post-2015 MDGs panel meeting in Nusa Dua, Bali, that the MDGs had not specifically addressed agriculture, one of the main keys in combating poverty.

“The UN Millennium Development Project Task Force on Hunger has shown that 80 percent of the world’s hungry live in rural areas. Despite this fact, the MDGs scheme did not specifically touch the issue,” he said.

Romahurmuziy, the head of Commission IV at the House of Representatives overseeing agriculture, farming and forestry, agreed on giving more space for peasants to reduce poverty.

“Agrarian re...