International year of family farming

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Sustainable Future with Lisa Emery

Last spring, the United Nations announced that it would recognize 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming. With this resolution established the UN invites all of the world governments, non-government organizations and the private sector to make an effort to increase awareness on the importance of family farming in addressing global issues such as poverty, food security and protecting the environment.

The goal of the 2014 IYFF is to reposition family farming at the centre of agricultural, environmental and social policies in all national agendas by identifying gaps and opportunities to promote a shift towards a more equal and balanced development.

Facilitating access to land, water and other natural resources and implementing specific public policies for family farmers, such as credit, technical assistance, insurance, market access, public purchases, and appropriate technologies, are the key components for increasing agricultural productivity, eradicating poverty and achieving world food security 

This yearlong celebration aims to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farming by focusing world attention on its significant role in eradicating 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.

This year’s UN resolution is important to us in many ways:

  • Family and small-scale farming are linked to world-wide food security;
  • Family farming preserves traditional food product
  • Farming also contributes to a balanced diet and the safeguarding of the world’s agriculture biodiversity and the sustainable use of our natural resources;
  • Family farming can also boost the local economy

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Organizations: United Nations

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