The main topic of this edition is about "Investment in agriculture". Aksel Naerstad, policy officer of Norwegian Development fund gives us a first analysis on the recent trends in the investment in agriculture. The edition brings other articles on various issues that we are engaged globally such as the World Committee on Food Security , preparatory meeting of the World Youth Day and so on. You can also read the report on the actions and activities of our continental and national movements.
2010 came to an end with a lot of global issues and events. As usual MIJARC as a voice of the voiceless in the rural world was quite committed, engaged and intervened timely on these issues and events .The main focus of our movement during last year was on the topic of Biodiversity and land grabbing. Due to food ,fuel and financial crisis ,deep social tensions related to poverty, hunger, struggles for land and water, which pose higher risk to mankind more than ever. Recent trends for land grabbing by powerful actors from the most vulnerable communities demand new policies of access to and management of land and other natural resources in order to find new modalities that allow the reduction of inequalities and guarantee basic rights for people all over the world. Land rights for the local communities and producers . The reinforcement of the various peasants’ and rural workers’ organisations is a need to achieve it .
More than 1 billion people today are between 15 and 25 years of age. About 85% of these young people live in the developing world, and 50% of the world’s young people live in rural areas. However, 60 million people (mainly young people) move into cities each year in developing countries. Therefore, the future of family agriculture and its potential to contribute to food security, to poverty reduction in developing countries and to overcoming challenges such as climate change is jeopardized by the reality that young people cannot find attractive opportunities in rural areas.
MIJARC, together with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), is facilitating a global process, involving farmer organisations to help young rural people pursue better livelihoods through improved access to remunerative farming as well as other activities linked to agriculture.