Neglected crops need a rethink – can help world face the food security challenges of the future, says Graziano de Silva
FAO release, 10 December 2012

CORDOBA, SPAIN: “We must not lose track of our agricultural and culimary roots, nor the lore and wisdom of our ancestors,” said FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva at the start of an international seminar on 21st century crops taking place from 10-13 December 2012, in Córdoba, Spain. “Currently there are about 870 million hungry people in the world, a world that produces enough food for everyone,” he said. “Globalization has created an abundance of food in some parts of the world, but has failed to end the chronic shortages that exist elsewhere.” He added that globalization “has created a certain homogeneity of products, accompanied by a loss of different culinary traditions and agricultural biodiversity.” He stressed that neglected and underutilized species play a crucial role in the fight against hunger and are a key resource for agriculture and rural development. He also underlined the importance of sustainable diets.

The seminar in Cordoba kicks off the celebration of 2013 as the International Year of Quinoa, and includes a special session on the Andean “super crop.” Read the release … Visit the seminar’s website …