New York_ Over the next ten years, the United Nations Family Agriculture Decade will help to focus global efforts to eradicate hunger and malnutrition, lift the rural population, largely of women, out of poverty and safeguarding natural resources, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said.

According to Cubadebate, when intervening in a parallel event in conjunction with the UN General Assembly, Graziano da Silva indicated that the full potential of family farming to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Development has not yet been used, and that to do so, it is necessary to introduce and implement specific public policies.

Through the Family Agriculture Decade initiative, FAO aims to provide technical support to governments to empower family farmers and share good practices through South-South and Triangular Cooperation, said the Director General of the FAO, adding that "we want to keep family farming as a priority on the international agenda".

Family farmers, who produce more than 80 percent of the planet's food and include indigenous people, fishermen, mountain farmers, shepherds and many other groups, are key players in ensuring food security, because of their potential to satisfy in a sustainable way the increase of the world demand of food production.

However, hunger and poverty are still largely rural phenomena, and 75 percent of people suffering from extreme poverty in the world live in rural areas. Rural communities are also the most vulnerable to crises and disasters caused by conflicts and extreme weather-related events.

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