Family Farming Knowledge Platform presented at the Global Dialogue on Family Farming

Since the launch of the 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), FAO and various partners have expressed the need to go beyond the 2014 celebrations and put in place a set of concrete actions to address the challenges facing family farmers raised throughout the year.

Sharing qualified knowledge and data is a vital component for policy dialogue and policy-making to address the specific needs of family farms.

As resources on family farming are scattered and incoherent, there is an increasing consensus on the urgency of integrating and systematizing information that can facilitate government officers, family farmers‘ networks, academia, civil society associations, the Private sector and other non-state actors in accessing knowledge on family farming and related topics.

In order to address these issues and to gather quality information, the International Steering Committee of the 2014 IYFF has endorsed the FAO proposal for the establishment of a web-based tool: the Family Farming Knowledge Platform.

Conceived as a comprehensive and up-to-date digital database on family farming, the Platform will represent one of the main and long lasting legacies of the 2014 IYFF. It will be hosted by FAO and it will benefit from the collaboration of current and future partnerships with many international actors such as governments, UN agencies, family farmers’ networks and research organizations.

The aim is to create the world's largest high-level collection of national laws, regulations, public policies, relevant data, best practices, compelling research, publications and articles related to family farming. The website will also include a section dedicated to FAO Members where they can post information, thus giving international visibility to their policies and programmes.

The Family Farming Global Platform was presented on the 28th October at FAO Headquarters during the Global Dialogue, and it will be launched at the beginning of 2015.

For more information, please contact the IYFF Secretariat at

Family Farming Knowledge Platform