The Global Dialogue on Family Farming

Throughout 2014, the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) has highlighted the present contribution and enormous potential of family and small-scale farmers in eradicating hunger, ensuring food security and safeguarding the environment.

During the year, thousands of initiatives have taken place worldwide at global, regional and national levels.  These have triggered a widespread pro-family farming mobilization and policy dialogue process that wouldn’t have happened in the absence of the International Year.

This journey has improved our understanding of the challenges facing family farmers in different social, economic and ecological settings. It has emphasized the importance of identifying the right policies to empower family farmers, and thus, to enhance their productivity and to secure their access to and use of natural resources.

As the IYFF enters its final phase, the Global Dialogue on Family Farming (GDFF), will bring together government representatives, family farmers and their organizations, civil society, private sector, academia and development agencies, to take stock of the momentum created and set the tone for a pro-family farming agenda for action post-2014.

The year may be entering its final phase but the commitments made by FAO and many other organizations will continue well beyond 2014. The IYFF is only the first step in an on-going process to focus and maintain world attention on the significant role that family and small-scale farmers play in the world. 

The GDFF will take place on 27-28 October 2014 in the Red Room at FAO Headquarters in Rome. 

For more information on how to attend and participate visit the GDFF webpage