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International Year of Family Farming

The 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) aims to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farming by focusing world attention on its significant role in alleviating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas. For more information:

Family farmers key to eradicate hunger in Africa. Investment in the enhancement of agricultural productivity and engagement of youth, smallholder and family farmers are among the key priority areas identified by the FAO Regional Conference for Africa to accelerate agricultural transformation and eradicate hunger in the region.

Family farming is the backbone of Africa - FAO and AMARC release audio interviews. In sub-Saharan Africa, almost 239 million people face serious consequences related to food security and nutrition. Family farming is an effective model that can provide solutions to overcome this challenge.

Global Forum and Expo on Family Farming - summary and outcomes. Organized by the Hungarian Ministry of Rural Development, in cooperation with FAO, the Global Forum and Expo on Family Farming, which was held in Budapest from 4-6 March, highlighted the key contribution that family farms can make to global food and nutrition security.

Hungary kicks off family farming’s big year - With 2014 designated as the International Year of Family Farming, Hungary will kick off the festivities with a Global Forum and Expo on Family Farming, taking place in Budapest from 4 to 6 March.

IYFF Photo Competition: Photo entries should represent the family farming slogan: feeding the world, caring for the earth. Entries must visualize the strength, potential and challenges of sustainable, multifunctional family farmers worldwide, in all their diversity and contexts.The deadline for entries is 1 May 2014. For more information:

Global Forum and Expo on Family Farming to be held in Budapest from 4-6 March 2014. The Forum will address three key themes: • The role of family farms in contributing to local and global food security; • Family farming and the three dimensions of sustainability – harmonizing the social, environmental and economic aspects; • Key challenges and opportunities for agricultural investments in family farming.

Andean countries committed to family farming - Member countries of the Andean Parliament approve laws and policies to promote the International Year of Family Farming.

Ploughing the Future of Family Farming in Paraguay - The constitution of the National Committee for the 2014 International Year of Family Farming was officially established on 18 December 2013, in the capital of Paraguay, Asuncion. Its main purpose is to recognize, assess, strengthen and empower family farming through public policies and in Paraguayan society.

In the context of the 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) has joined forces with the FAO to launch an awareness campaign targeted at farmers’ organizations and the rural population. #IYFF14 #UNFAO

Sustainable and inclusive agricultural and food systems are inextricably linked to the family farming/small-scale way of life and their means of production since they generate productive work for young people in rural communities. In turn, if the economic endeavours of family farmers develop according to Fairtrade standards, it is possible to find the key to eradicating rural poverty. #IYFF14 #UNFAO

Paraguay promotes direct purchases of foods from family farmers - In December 2013, the Paraguayan Government officially proclaimed decree number 1056 which defines the legal framework that enables family farmers to market their agricultural products at fair prices through government purchases and acquisitions of food to be used by governmental institutions such as hospitals and schools. #IYFF14 #UNFAO

International Year of Family Farming - Regional Dialogue for Europe and Central Asia. The dialogue provided a unique space to some 100 participants from 27 countries across the region to share views and experiences on the role and the heterogeneity of family farming in Europe and Central Asia. #IYFF14 #UNFAO

This year the Committee on World Food Security annual meeting will be held in Rome from 7-11 October 2013. As part of this global event, #UNFAO Headquarters will host two side events in preparation for the celebration of the International Year of Family Farming 2014. #IYFF14

International Year of Family Farming - Regional Dialogue for the Near East. This dialogue for the Near East and North Africa Region provide the opportunity to assess the state of family farming in the various countries represented, namely: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia and Yemen. #IYFF14 #UNFAO

International Year of Family Farming - Regional Dialogue for Asia and the Pacific. Asia-Pacific multi-stakeholders consultation preparing for the launch of 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming in Bangkok on 22nd November. #IYFF14 #UNFAO

A significant day for Uganda – the IYFF is launched in Kampala. The IYFF was launched on 22 November at Hotel Africana in Kampala by Uganda’s Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Honourable Tress Bucyanayandi.

VIDEO: Take a look at the key messages of the International Year of Family Farming

Community radio in support of family and smallholder farmers – FAO and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) join forces

The 2014 IYFF will promote broad discussion and cooperation at the national, regional and global levels to increase awareness and understanding of the challenges faced by smallholders and help identify efficient ways to support family farmers. Here are families returning from the fields in Buzimba, Bururi province.

Family farming is a means of organizing agricultural, forestry, fisheries, pastoral and aquaculture production which is managed and operated by a family and predominantly reliant on family labour, including both women’s and men’s. Here are women at Um Hujara, Kebkabiya locality, North Darfur - Sudan, harvesting their vegetable crop.

Family farming represents an opportunity to boost local economies, especially when combined with specific policies aimed at social protection and well-being of communities.

The IYFF will focus on three global lines of action for example: Identification, documentation and sharing lessons learned and successful experiences of existing pro-family farming policies at national and/or other levels to capitalize relevant knowledge on family farming. Here is a photo of smallscale farmers working on Farmer Field School fields in Tanzania.

Regional Dialogue on Family Farming in Africa: Working towards a strategic approach to promote food security and nutrition. The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) jointly with the World Rural Forum (WRF), the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) and the World Farmers Organization (WFO) organized an African Regional Dialogue in Cape Town from 6 to 7 November 2013 to enhance national and regional discussions on family farming and smallholder farming.

Family farming preserves traditional food products, while contributing to a balanced diet and safeguarding the world’s agro-biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources. Here is a photo of Wannian (China) Wild Rice - is a remarkable old and prototype variety, firstly grown in Heqiao village during the North and South Dynasty (420 AD - 589 AD).

The goal of the 2014 IYFF is to reposition family farming at the centre of agricultural, environmental and social policies in the national agendas by identifying gaps and opportunities to promote a shift towards a more equal and balanced development. Here are women farmers with their children in Weng Ji village, China.