2014 was the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF). On that occasion, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) joined forces for an awareness campaign on the key role played by family farming and community media in supporting rural development and hunger eradication.
The FAO special "Food for Talks" series aims at highlighting the importance of agriculture, food and nutrition security and sustainable development, raising awareness on these multidisciplinary issues in Geneva, and sharing inspirational ideas for concrete actions.
Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for earth
The Farm Business School (FBS) which is implemented under the project “Capacity Building of Small Farmers in Entrepreneurship Development and Market Access”, through collaboration of the Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI), DA-Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Services (AMAS), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of[...]
A Farm Business School (FBS) is a unique educational system designed to help farmers learn and improve their knowledge and skills in entrepreneurship and farm business management. FAO is supporting the efforts of the Department Agriculture (DA) and Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to upgrade the capacities of farm-level extension[...]
P4P has assisted smallholders in Burkina Faso to improve post-harvest handling, increase yields and improve crop quality. This has enabled farmers’ organizations to market their surplus to private sector and institutional markets. Continue reading to learn five facts about progress made in Burkina Faso.
Home Grown School Feeding programmes implemented by governments with the support of partners, including the World Food Programme (WFP), are increasingly providing assured markets for smallholder farmers. At least half of the 20 Purchase for Progress (P4P) pilot countries report linking smallholder farmers’ organizations to school feeding programmes. By strengthening[...]
In rural areas of Mali, agriculture is the primary source of income. Smallholder farmers contribute toalmost 90 percent of the country’s agricultural production, but have historically struggled to access quality markets, generally settling for low farm gate prices. Today, smallholder farmers in Mali are increasingly marketing their crops collectively to WFP[...]
Rural women in developing countries often lack basic literacy skills, making it difficult for women farmers to benefit from training activities which could improve their agricultural production and increase their incomes. Because of this, in many pilot countries, P4P has incorporated basic reading and writing skills into training in order[...]
In the Nueva Segovia region of Nicaragua, P4P is supporting farmers’ organizations to utilize low-cost, environmentally-friendly techniques and technologies. These sustainable practices, which include minimal tillage farming and the use of organic materials in soil enrichment, are enabling smallholders to benefit from increased yields, improved crop quality and reduced production[...]