Objectives and Lines of Action


1. Support the development of policies conducive to sustainable family farming by encouraging governments to establish the enabling environment (conducive policies, adequate legislation, participatory planning for a policy dialogue, investments) for the sustainable development of family farming.

2. Increase knowledge, communication and public awareness

  • Increase public awareness on family farming, small holder farming and fisheries and their contributions (both actual and potential/untapped) to food security, improved nutrition, poverty alleviation, economic growth, employment generation and livelihood improvement, territorial development, sustainable -use of natural resources, particularly of resource-poor farmers and fishers and fish workers (MDG1).
  • Increase public awareness and knowledge on the diversity and the complexity of production and consumption systems in family farming, smallholder farming and fisheries.
  • Enhance international dialogue and cooperation.
  • Increase public awareness and knowledge of family farming, smallholder farming and fisheries, and current trends in policies and investments, highlighting “success stories”, good policies and best practices.
  • Increase opportunities for dialogue, participation and access to information for smallholders and their associations.

3. Attain better understanding of family farming needs, potential and constraints and ensure technical support

  • Identify, capitalize and promote technical support for capacity development actions including policies.
  • Reach out to non-agricultural actors (financial institutions, development banks, decision-makers etc.) in order to increase their awareness and knowledge on the potential of family and smallholder agriculture in sustainable development.
  • Encourage actions at global, regional, national and community levels.
  • Monitor how family farms and policies related to family and smallholder farming evolve. 

4. Create synergies for sustainability

  • Promote the inclusion of the IYFF vision along international processes and committees.
  • Ensure that longer-term actions related to FF are reflected in the international agenda (Post 2015 Framework).
  • Synergies with other International Years in particular Cooperatives. 


The IYFF will focus on three global lines of action that will be implemented in the context of the national processes and agreements, in collaboration with relevant partners.

1.    Promotion of dialogue in policy decision-making processes
Dialogue and cooperation should be enhanced with the relevant stakeholders to ensure that IYFF messages influence relevant policy decision-making processes. Through this line of action, we will bring together public and private organizations at national, regional and global levels to discuss issues related to family farming, smallholder farming and fisheries.

Please see official calendar of upcoming events.

2.    Identification, documentation and sharing lessons learned and successful experiences of existing pro-family farming policies at national and/or other levels to capitalize relevant knowledge on family farming

A dedicated IYFF web page where family farmers from all over the world can post and share their stories, problems and get them involved in the process will be developed.

3.    Communication, advocacy and outreach

A powerful and effective advocacy campaign will be produced in coordination with partner institutions (e.g. WRF, WFO) with a view to reach out to farmers and their associations, decision-makers, financial institutions, the media and general public. Ad-hoc activities will be promoted in partnership with community media.

Master Plan

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 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.

The goal of the 2014 IYFF is to reposition family farming at the centre of agricultural, environmental and social policies in the national agendas by identifying gaps and opportunities to promote a shift towards a more equal and balanced development.  The 2014 IYFF will promote broad discussion and cooperation at the national, regional and global levels to increase awareness and understanding of the challenges faced by smallholders and help identify efficient ways to support family farmers.

A Master Plan has been drafted to outline the vision and objectives of the IYFF. This document is based around three key questions: What is family farming? Why is family farming important? How can the IYFF safeguard, support and empower family and smallholder farmers? This useful tool identifies and explains the four key objectives of the IYFF and three main lines of action for a successful implementation of the international year.

Download the full document: Master Plan of the 2014 International Year of Family Farming