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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: http://www.fao.org/family-farming-2014/en/
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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.

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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.

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Family farmers around the world, key facts and figures

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"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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Grown in Swaziland: Swaziland's Agricultural Development

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

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Family Forestry is Family Farming

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

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