The United Nations has designated May 20 as World Bee Day, notes the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The annual observance acknowledges the role of bees not only as pollinators, but as providers of honey. In addition, the UN determined that 2019 will mark the beginning of the UN Decade of Family Farming, drawing more attention to the people who produce more than 80% of the world's food but whose own members are often the most vulnerable to hunger. During this decade, efforts will focus on advancing Sustainable Development Goals such as enhancing productivity and incomes, securing rights over natural resources, enhancing inclusive markets, adapting to climate change, creating decent rural employment, and providing appropriate risk-management tools and social protection programs. The UN also declared 2022 as the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture, which will help focus attention on the small-scale fishermen and women who comprise 90% of the world's fisheries work force.
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