The booming world fish trade is generating more wealth than ever before, but countries must help small-scale fishers and fish farmers benefit too, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said today. Global fishery production from wild capture fisheries and aquaculture is expected to set a new record in 2013 at 160 million tonnes, up from 157 million tonnes the previous year, while exports will reach $136 billion, according to preliminary data published ahead of the FAO Sub-Committee on Fish Trade meeting in Bergen, Norway, next week.
“High-quality mohair yarn, blankets and carpets produced by rural women in Iran, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are selling at outlets in Europe and the USA. The move, which is helping to increase the incomes of both women artisans and small-scale livestock breeders, has its roots in a recent four-year project funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and implemented by ICARDA. Launched in 2009, the project sought to increase job opportunities and income options for poor rural populations, especially women, by introducing improved production and processing techniques for value-added fiber, and helping to channel raw and finished products towards export markets. As a result, profits of women artisans rose nearly sevenfold in some communities. The linkage with foreign markets received a boost when two US-based companies, Knit Outta the Box and Clothroads, stepped in to help local suppliers reach buyers in the USA and Europe. Some products have already found their first customers.
A traditional international fair Fruit Logistica 2014, specialized at production, processing, storage, packaging, transportation, import and export of fruits and vegetables, was held at Messe Berlin exhibition hall in Germany.
The 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) aims to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farming by focusing world attention on its significant role in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas.