If the recent FAO Regional Conference for Europe is any indication, revival of the family farming production model is definitely an idea whose time has come. Ministers and other delegates from the region’s 53 FAO Member Countries, civil society organizations, private sector representatives and even accredited journalists all expressed warm support[...]
A fascinating snapshot of family farms across Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia is revealed in a background paper published by FAO for its upcoming Regional Conference for Europe (Bucharest, 2-4 April 2014).
Recognizing the coexistence in the region of large-scale mechanized farming alongside more traditional family farms, the FAO Regional Conference held in Bucharest this week endorsed two over-arching initiatives for FAO to pursue in 2014-15: strengthening family farms and smallholder agriculture, and improving agri-food trade and regional trade integration.
The impact of climate change on food production figured prominently in the words of FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, as he addressed the opening of the Organization’s Regional Conference for Europe here today, attended by delegations from 46 countries.
Investment in the enhancement of agricultural productivity and engagement of youth, smallholder and family farmers are among the key priority areas identified by the FAO Regional Conference for Africa to accelerate agricultural transformation and eradicate hunger in the region. Delegates reaffirmed their commitment to agricultural development and family farming during the Regional[...]
Getting more African youth involved in agriculture and boosting support for the region's vulnerable family farmers will be pivotal to improving food security and economic well-being in the years to come, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told participants at the Organization's Regional Conference for Africa.
In conjunction with the Regional Conference for Africa (Tunis, 24-28 March 2014), the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) and FAO have released four audio interviews in English on the topic of family farming in the region. In sub-Saharan Africa, almost 239 million people face serious consequences related to food security and nutrition.[...]
"In 2014, we are celebrating the International Day of Forests in the context of the International Year of Family Farming," said Graziano da Silva. "Forest people are part of this group of family farmers, pastoralists, artisanal fishers, and indigenous and traditional communities. They represent hundreds of millions of families that play[...]
Organized by the Hungarian Ministry of Rural Development, in cooperation with FAO, the Global Forum and Expo on Family Farming, which was held in Budapest from 4-6 March, highlighted the key contribution that family farms can make to global food and nutrition security. This global two-day event was centred around[...]
Ministerial declaration in support of family farming adopted at the 51st Paris International Agricultural Show
The declaration has so far been adopted by 24 countries: Afghanistan, South Africa, Albania, Algeria, Brazil, Côte d'Ivoire, Spain, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Luxembourg, Mali, Netherlands, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Tunisia, Walloon Government (Belgium) and FAO.