Global farmers’ body salutes Madiba

farmers The global farmers’ body, World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO), has paid tribute to the late South African President, Nelson Mandela describing him as ‘a just man, a visionary, a good man, simple, one of us”.

‘He was always ready to fight for equal rights, so the world’s farmers recognize in him an example of humility, justice and hope for everyone,’ said Marco Marzano, Executive Director of the Rome-based body.

He said in a statement received in Nairobi that Mandela was a symbol not only for African farmers, but for those of every country, who were committed to produce the food that fed the world’s population, ensuring a future for the planet and for future generations through a conscientious use of natural resources.

Marzano said the fallen freedom fighter and human rights champion was a positive symbol for farmers despite the many challenges such as the marginalization in the agricultural sector, lack of access to credit and the limited recognition of the role in the mitigation of climate change.

‘Despite, exclusion from decision-making, farmers continue to struggle daily to assert their rights. The legacy left by Madiba, an icon of determination and peace, is an example to be followed by farmers around the world,’ said Marzano.

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