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03/12/2013

FAO chief urges Europe to play role in International Year of Family Farming

“Europe’s rich tradition and valuable experiences should be shared with world”

29 November 2013, Brussels - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva praised the European Union for the commitment it has shown to making the International Year of Family Farming in 2014 a success.

Speaking at the Conference "Family farming: a dialogue towards more sustainable and resilient farming in Europe and the world", Graziano da Silva said in Brussels that "Europe has a rich tradition in family farming and valuable experiences to be shared. The International Year of Family Farming offers an opportunity for this exchange."

"Differently from large-scale specialized farming, [family farms] usually run diversified agricultural activities which help preserve natural resources," he said. "Family farmers have, over generations, preserved and perfected many practices and technologies that can support agricultural sustainability."

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