Family farming is inextricably linked to national and global food security. Both in developing and developed countries, family farming is the predominant form of agriculture in the food production sector. Family farmers carefully manage their lands to sustain remarkably high levels of productivity despite having less access to productive resources[...]
Six traditional farming systems in China, Iran and South Korea known for their unique characteristics and approaches to sustainability have been designated Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) by FAO.
The National Geographic Society and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are teaming up to raise awareness on food and agriculture issues as National Geographic, a U.S.-based nonprofit institution, begins an eight-month, in-depth report on food issues starting with a May cover story in National Geographic[...]
Check out this infographic on the impact of the quinoa boom on Bolivian family and small-scale farmers
New findings based on survey results from 100 households located in Southern Bolivia highlight the benefits of the quinoa boom in the region. Enrico Avitabile, a PhD candidate in Environmental and Development Economics at Rome Tre University interviewed farmers between December 2012 and March 2013 in the Salar (salt flats) de[...]
FAO at agriculture forum lauds Morocco for achieving MDG 1, signs South-South Cooperation accord
Children between 8 and 12 years of age in Latin America and the Caribbean are invited to celebrate the International Year of Family Farming by entering this drawing competition. Promoted by FAO, the competition is one of numerous global activities planned throughout 2014 to mark the International Year of Family Farming. Entries[...]
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.