Smallholder farmers who grow crops on about two hectares of land produce nearly 80% of the food eaten in the developing world, according to a new United Nations report. The report recommends investing in smallholder farmers to help lift more of the world out of poverty. "Smallholder farmers can continue to be marginalized or be recognized as catalysts for a transformation of the way the world manages the supply of food and the environmental services that underpin agriculture in the first place," said Achim Steiner, UN under-secretary-general.

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