REAF, “A sign for the integration of Latin America”

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The XIX Specialized Meeting on Family Farming (REAF) finished in Atlantida, Uruguay, on the 31 of May 2013.

In that framework, the Uruguayan acting Minister of Agriculture, Enzo Benech, stated that governments must develop and apply differential policies to allow family farmers to live with dignity and to incorporate technology.

“The world has changed”, said Benech, and then he added: “Food prices have gone up, and hopefully governments will pass differential policies to allow family production to continue so farmers may stay in their farms, but with livelihood security. The new generations are to stay on their farms, but not as a favor to mankind and merely to produce food. What is really much better than that is that those who choose to make a living of this activity may do so with dignity”, he added.

In terms of differential policies, he urged, “We need to innovate; we need to find new forms of integration with the small holders, to enable farmers to move forward, so they can reach a certain scale and so they can incorporate technology”.

REAF gathers representatives of the MERCOSUR member and associated governments, as well as family farmer organizations, to carry out the initiatives aimed at developing public policies based on agreements between the civil society and the related government agencies.

The XIX Specialized Meeting on Family Farming took place from the 27th to the 31st of May in Atlantida, Canelones (Uruguay). At the official opening ceremony, representatives of the governments involved, and the mayor of Canelones, Marcos Carámbula gave their opening speeches.

Course for young farmers

The III Training Course for Rural Youth of the MERCOSUR Specialized Meeting on Family Farming was held in Canelones, Uruguay, on May 27 and 28. It convened over 50 young people from the regional block, including also Chile and Ecuador.

The director of the National Youth Institute (INJU), Matías Rodríguez, underscored the importance of strengthening public policies that address the needs, problems and potentials of the rural young.

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