14 September 1999
Farming has a bigger role, says FAO

FARMING performs a wider economic function than merely producing food, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation.

It says the agricultural sector provides services to society as a whole and plays a central role in the life of rural economies and in the environment.

Agriculture officials from developed and developing countries are gathering in Maastricht this week to discuss the issue.

  • Financial Times 14/09/99 page 34