Structure and Partnerships

At the 66th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, 2014 was formally declared to be the “International Year of Family Farming” (IYFF).  The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations was invited to facilitate its implementation, in collaboration with Governments, International Development Agencies, farmers' organizations and other relevant organizations of the United Nations system as well as relevant non-governmental organizations.

The participation of a broad range of stakeholders in the preparation and implementation of the IYFF plan of action, developing new strategic and innovative partnerships as well as deepening existing partnerships is critical in ensuring buy-in and success.

1. International coordination mechanisms and key partners: The International Steering Committee of the IYFF 2014

The International Steering Committee (ISC) provides guidance and support for the implementation of IYFF activities. It fosters dialogue and promotes partnerships among relevant stakeholders including family farmers’ organizations, civil society organizations, research centers and private sector representatives. It also promotes the integration of issues related to Family Farming in policy-making processes at national, regional and global levels.

The ISC is composed of 12 member states (Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, France, Kuwait, Philippines, Slovakia and South Africa), as well as the International Fund for Agricultural Development  (IFAD), World Food Programme (WFP), Bioversity International, FAO, the World Rural Forum (WRF), the European Union and the World Farmers’ Organization (WFO).

2. Development of Strategic Alliances

FAO will facilitate the development of strategic alliances intended to enhance the achievement of the IYFF objectives. These include, but are not limited to: other UN agencies, CFS (Committee on World Food Security), CPF (Country Programming Framework), NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations), farmers organizations, CGIAR (Consortium of International Agriculture Research Centers), IFIs (International Financing Institutions) and development banks, foundations and the private sector. 

In the countries/groups of countries that find it convenient, focal points will be established to support country-level activities and link with the global development priorities. These focal points will be appointed by relevant authorities and interact with the different stakeholders.

International and national partners will define their objectives, plans and will fund their own events within the IYFF objectives.