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Benefits for smallholders include poverty reduction, livelihood improvement and sustainable income 25 November, 2013, Guilin/Rome - Strengthening  forest producer organizations should contribute significantly to reducing poverty, improving livelihoods and enhancing economic development of smallholder forest owners and farmers, FAO said today at the International Conference on Forest Producer Organizations, taking place in Guilin,[...]
Published on 26/11/2013
In the context of the 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), FAO has joined forces with AMARC to launch an awareness campaign targeted at farmers’ organizations and the rural population.  The main objective is to use community radio as a platform to share information with the farming community and[...]
Published on 26/11/2013
22 November 2013, New York - The United Nations has launched the 2014 International Year of Family Farming to stress the vast potential family farmers have to eradicate hunger and preserve natural resources. In both developed and developing countries, over 500 million family farms, defined as farms that[...]
Published on 22/11/2013
8 November 2013, Cape town, South Africa - The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) jointly with the World Rural Forum (WRF), the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) and the World Farmers Organization (WFO) organized an African Regional Dialogue in Cape Town from 6 to 7 November 2013 to enhance national and regional discussions on family farming and[...]
Published on 15/11/2013
Representatives from 23 countries, civil society and the academic sector met with FAO to define the main threads of the International Year Regional Dialogue on Family Farming Government representatives from 23 Member Nations participated with family farmer organizations and international agencies in the first Regional Dialogue on Family Farming (Santiago, United Nations[...]
Published on 07/11/2013
The International Year of Family Farming 2014 will be officially launched on 22 November 2013, at UN Headquarters in New York, from 3 to 5:30 pm. The main purpose of the event is to present the general objectives, lines of action and activities to be developed within the celebration of the[...]
Published on 07/11/2013
The second side event held during the Committee on World Food Security (Rome, 7-11 October), The role of family farmers in providing a sustainable response to food security needs (11 October, Iran Room), was co-organized by FAO, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the International Institute for the Unification of Private[...]
Published on 23/10/2013
One of the IYFF’s main lines of action is to support the promotion of dialogues in policy decision-making processes. The Committee on Food Security (Rome, 7-11 October) represented an ideal opportunity to enable a participatory discussion on the important role played by family and small-scale farmers in world food security. The[...]
Published on 23/10/2013
FAO in collaboration with the World Rural Forum, the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) and the World Farmers Organization (WFO) is jointly planning to hold a series of regional dialogues to enhance local, regional and global discussions on family farming and smallholder farming (including forestry, fisheries, pastoral and aquaculture production). The regional[...]
Published on 10/10/2013
This year the Committee on World Food Security annual meeting will be held in Rome from 7-11 October 2013. As part of this global event, FAO Headquarters will host two side events in preparation for the celebration of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) 2014. One of the IYFF’s main[...]
Published on 10/10/2013
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