United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today appealed to governments to boost support to the world’s small-scale family farmers in order to win the fight against hunger.
Far from being a thing of the past, family farming today is getting a second look – for its potential to feed a hungry planet and to manage natural resources. With 2014 designated as the International Year of Family Farming, Hungary will kick off the festivities with a Global Forum and[...]
In light of the Regional Conference for the Near East (FAO Headquarters, 24-28 February 2014), the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) and FAO have released two audio interviews in Arabic on the topic of family farming in the region. The purpose of these interviews is to shed light[...]
In the context of the International Year of Family Farming, this official event, organized by the Hungarian Ministry of Rural Development, in cooperation with FAO, aims to underline the central role that family farming plays in achieving global and local food security, as well as ensuring sustainable use of natural[...]
FAO Director-General addresses Ministerial Meeting of the Organization’s Regional Conference for the Near East
The 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) highlights the crucial role that family farming plays in the sustainable production of 70% of food produced in the world, as well as its part in safeguarding ecosystems and biodiversity. The IYFF photo competition promotes the use of visual expression to achieve[...]
FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva and Unilever Chief Executive Officer Paul Polman discussed the importance of supporting smallholder famers at a meeting at FAO headquarters today. “This meeting was an opportunity to discuss global issues that we need to solve, food security being obviously very high in the agenda,”[...]
The booming world fish trade is generating more wealth than ever before, but countries must help small-scale fishers and fish farmers benefit too, FAO said today. Global fishery production from wild capture fisheries and aquaculture is expected to set a new record in 2013 at 160 million tonnes, up from 157[...]
Field schools that train farmers in alternative methods of pest control have succeeded in nearly eliminating the use of toxic pesticides by a community of cotton growers in Mali, according to a new FAO study published today by the London-based Royal Society.
FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva lauded the planned expansion of a Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity gardening project for young Africans, saying it was part of a much-needed "paradigm shift" to place more importance on family farming, sustainable food and agriculture systems, and the transfer of traditional knowledge from one generation[...]