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Presentation made at: Young Professionals Conference: Innovative Ideas to Feed the World
Hajnalka Petrics - Gender and Development Officer, ESW, FAO
Zero hunger cannot be achieved until the most disadvantaged are excluded from economic and social development and unless their needs and rights are incorporated into the work on food security. New ways of social integration are needed in order to improve the lives of the most vulnerable including through increased solidarity and services that are based on this principle.
Care farming can be one of these new ways.
Care farming is an innovative activity for farmers and it includes all activities that use agricultural resources, both plants and animals, in order to promote or generate therapy , rehabilitation, social inclusion, education, alternative income and social services in rural areas. It includes farming practices that support services in rural areas for specific target groups such as children, the sick and the elderly and those that promote disadvantaged people’s (people with low contractual capacity i.e. intellectual and physical disabilities, convicts, those with drug addiction, minors, etc.) social integration, rehabilitation, education and care.
The concept of care farming is embedded in the multifunctional agriculture paradigm which emphasizes that beyond its primary function of producing food and fibre, agricultural activity can also produce a wide variety of noncommodity
goods and services, e.g. shape the landscape, provide environmental benefits, affect social and cultural systems and contribute to economic and social viability and food security of rural communities.
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