April 1, 2014 at 01:11pm
ST. PAUL (April 1, 2014) – Minnesota Farmers Union President Doug Peterson returns from the World Farmers Organisation (WFO) general assembly in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The WFO is made up of farming organizations from 80 different countries who gather to discuss challenges in farming, with the objective of developing sound policies for farmers throughout the world.
“There are 500 million family farmers in the world and to have this farmer to farmer communication aimed at improving our system of food, trade and credit, particularly among women and young farmers, is an incredible opportunity for learning and sharing ideas and solutions,” said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President. “If we could just get women the access and credit to land that they need, it would alleviate hunger for 150 million people. That is an alarming statistic and a problem we hope to find a solution for at future WFO assemblies.”
The general assembly focused on a number of issues, including women and beginning farmers, climate change, and contract agriculture production. As the lead organization in promoting the International Year of the Family Farmer, Farmers Union will continue to address the issues discussed at the WFO general assembly, at the North American Continental Dialogue on Family Farming in Quebec, April 7 & 8.