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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:

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International Year of Family Farming

International Year of Family Farming

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Youth and Innovation - A winning combination for 'La Turchina' family farm in Italy. Loretta di Simone speaks about her family farm, and the importance of youth and innovation in the future of family farming.

Now, more than ever, communication and community media are drivers for social change in rural areas, facilitating access to timely information for improved agricultural production and above all, encouraging farmer participation in the rural development process. To help propel family farmers’ voices forward, FAO and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) are hosting a series of regional virtual consultations.

On 14 August, in light of the 2014 International Year of Family Farming, the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) issued six stamps to promote the theme of family farming. The Cultivating Hope series of stamps captures the diversity of family farming activities, the wide-range of regions where this type of farming is practised and most importantly, the roles of the men and women at the centre of these activities.

International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) National Committees around the globe continue to improve conditions for family and small-scale farmers in a variety of ways by helping them achieve their full potential.

National Committees are making a difference

Bees, unexpected allies in the fight against hunger and poverty. By pollinating crops, bees contribute to increased food production and improve the quality of agricultural crops. "The contribution of bees is priceless".

In the framework of the 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), FAO and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) have joined forces to launch an awareness campaign on the contribution of family farming to food security and rural development. The Campaign aims to inform rural people about the IYFF and to make their voices heard on family farming issues through community media.

"Feeding the world, caring for the earth. Family farming in pictures" - Photo contest winner announced. The contest brought the importance and diversity of family farmers to light as well as their key contribution to a sustainable future free from hunger and poverty.

The Swaziland Agricultural Development Programme is helping more than 20.000 farmers in Swaziland to move from subsistence agriculture to a more sustainable, profitable and market-led agriculture.

Grown in Swaziland: Swaziland's Agricultural Development

Family Forestry is Family Farming - Recognizing the vital role of family forestry in celebration of the 2014 International Year of Family Farming.

Family Forestry is Family Farming

"Cooperatives are like families" - the story of 'Bio e Mare', an all-women fishing cooperative.

The overlap between family farming and forests is significant. A large proportion of the world’s forest-dependent people including indigenous peoples, local forest communities, smallholders, forest owners, small-scale forest and farm producers, and entrepreneurs are family farmers.

Forests and Family Farming

Over a hundred participants from different sectors discuss family farming in Mozambique. Seminar took place in the context of the 2014 International Year of Family Farming and the main objective was to promote dialogue around the family farming sector, which employs 80% of the country's labour force.

Highlighting the role of families in the organization of small-scale fisheries and aquaculture. Generally the family division of tasks in small-scale fisheries and aquaculture foresees the involvement of the male part of the family in production, while the female components of the family handle post-harvest activities such as fish processing and fish sales.

Family Farming Expo: a learning experience for family farmers and for FAO.

Fisheries and aquaculture play a central role in food security; approximately 90 percent of fishers are small-scale. FAO will continue to support and empower small-scale fishers so that they can achieve their full potential by addressing the social, economic, and cultural needs of fishing communities while promoting responsible fisheries management.

Agricultural heritage systems would not exist today without the contribution of family farmers.

As lead United Nations agency for agricultural and rural development, FAO has been working with family and smallholder farmers long before 2014. Currently FAO is collaborating with national governments and local authorities and organizations to further promote actions in favour of family farmers.

Family farming: FAO in action

Latin American and Caribbean governments promote the development of family farming to achieve zero hunger

Family farming at the 33rd FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean - The topic of family farming emerged throughout the FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean held in Santiago last week including at a side event specifically dedicated to family farming, which took place on 8 May.

New Infographic: Family farming is inextricably linked to national and global food security. Both in developing and developed countries, family farming is the predominant form of agriculture in the food production sector.

Family farmers around the world, key facts and figures

Check out this infographic on the impact of the quinoa boom on Bolivian family and small-scale farmers - New findings based on survey results from 100 households located in Southern Bolivia highlight the benefits of the quinoa boom in the region.

Children between 8 and 12 years of age in Latin America and the Caribbean are invited to celebrate the International Year of Family Farming by entering this drawing competition. Entries will be accepted until 31st July.

'Feeding the world, caring for the earth'- drawing family farming

Fans of family farming abound at FAO Regional Conference for Europe - Ministers and other delegates from the region’s 53 FAO Member Countries, civil society organizations, private sector representatives and even accredited journalists all expressed warm support for the International Year of Family Farming and its objectives.

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 farmers key to eradicate hunger in Africa

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.