[hepr-vn] ‘Wild and woolly’ UN International Year celebrating natural fibres kicks off
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‘Wild and woolly’ UN International Year celebrating natural fibres kicks off
22 January 2009 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
today launched the International Year of Natural Fibres 2009, aiming to raise
awareness of the importance of familiar natural resources such as cotton, flax,
wool, alpaca and even cashmere, which are often taken for granted in the face of
rising competition from synthetic materials.
Havez Ghanem, FAO Assistant Director-General for Social and Economic
Development, noted that the production of animal and vegetable fibres generates
$40 billion annually for farmers and account for up to half of a developing
“Farmers and processors in these countries depend on proceeds from the sales and
exports of these natural fibres for their income and food security,” he said at
the ceremony in Rome launching the Year.
Some 30 million tons of natural fibres are farmed around the world every year,
with cotton being the biggest crop.
The Year, dubbed “Wild and Woolly 2009” and which comes on the heels of similar
year-long celebrations of the potato in 2008, rice in 2004 and mountains in
2002, will be celebrated through conferences, exhibits and fashion shows worldwide.
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