In the words of family farmers – Ethiopia
76% of the world's poorest people live in rural areas of developing countries. Many, like Boru Gudo, depend on agriculture - and irregular rainfall - to survive. Boru explains how regular access to water has change his life.
Published on 27/02/2014
Custodians of diversity: Ethiopia's small farmers participate in conservation
Instigated by Melaku Worede, its former head, Ethiopia's national seed bank has embraced participatory planting since the 1980s. The approach involves opening the bank's doors to farmers and rural communities, drawing on their knowledge and establishing new partnerships as a means of conservation and preserving diversity. These days Melaku's pioneering work is widely promoted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation and other agencies, and a film about it - Seeds of Justice - is due for release later this year.
Published on 24/02/2014
West African farmers achieve massive cuts in pesticide use
William Settle is a Project Manager in FAO's Plant Production and Protection Division. In the following interview he discusses the West African Regional Integrated Production and Pest Management Programme, including the Farmer Field School project in Mali and some of the conclusions which came as a result of this programme.
Published on 20/02/2014
Philippine coconut farmers struggling to recover from typhoon
Rajendra Aryal is the acting FAO Representative in the Philippines, based in Manila. In the following interview he explains the situation facing coconut farmers in affected areas, how they are impacted and what the recovery plan includes.
Published on 27/01/2014
Twelve families to feature as Samoa marks the year of Family Farming (Credit: ABC)
One of the major drivers of economic development in Samoa, the Women in Business Development organisation, is joining the global celebrations of family farming as part of the International Year of Family Farming.
Published on 27/01/2014
La sécurité alimentaire de la planète passe par l’agriculture familiale
Au Québec, UPA Développement international (UPA DI) s’associe à l'IYFF. En mai dernier, elle a reçu la visite de Nora Ourabah Haddad, coordonnatrice pour les activités liées aux organisations de producteurs et productrices et aux coopératives, au sein du bureau de la communication, des partenariats et des activités de plaidoyer à la FAO. Au micro d’ Adrien Lachance, Nora Ourabah Haddad parle des rencontres préparatoires à l’Année internationale de l’agriculture familiale. L'interview radio sur Radio Canada International: La sécurité alimentaire de la planète passe par l'agriculture familiale.
Published on 23/01/2014
The future of agriculture: farm technology for small scale farmers
Mr Josef Kienzle is an Agricultural Engineer at FAO. In the following interview he explains why farm mechanization and sustainable agriculture need to evolve together, how inadequate machinery affects this generation as well as the next generation of farmers, and what are the implications of not dealing with these issues.
Published on 17/01/2014
La comunicación, proceso clave en la promoción de la agricultura familiar
Como usted sabe, el 2014 se ha declarado el Año Internacional de la Agricultura Familiar (AIAF) y será una oportunidad para dar a conocer y promover el diálogo político sobre cuestiones relacionadas a la agricultura familiar (FF). Al mismo tiempo, la FAO participa activamente en la promoción de la comunicación como proceso clave en la promoción de la agricultura familiar y la seguridad alimentaria en todo el mundo, en colaboración con los gobiernos, instituciones y organizaciones de productores. Angel Strappazzón, La Vía Campesina Latinoamérica.
Published on 17/01/2014
The forgotten role of forest producers as small scale farmers
Mr Jeffrey Campbell is the Manager of FAO’s Forest and Farm Facility. In the following interview he explains the critical role forest producers, the issues they face, and the implications of not prioritizing their needs. (Interview conducted by Sandra Ferrari)
Published on 25/11/2013
IYFF Special Ambassador - Mr. Gerd Sonnleitner, President of the European Farmers Association
Mr. Gerd Sonnleitner, President of the European Farmers Association, has been nominated by FAO Director General as a Special Ambassador for the International Year of Family Farming 2014. He has been entrusted, along with his fellow Ambassadors of IYFF 2014 Mr. Ibrahim Coulibaly and Mirna Cunningham, with the mandate of raising the profile of family farming by focusing world attention on its significant role in the fight against hunger and poverty and for agricultural development.
Published on 22/11/2013