Repositioning family farming at the centre of agricultural, environmental and social policies in national agendas is a top priority at the UN's FAO. That has been the focus of the International Year 2014. So just what are the challenges faced by smallholders and what are the rewards? This is an insight into their lives and work from four countries and four continents.
Published on 16/10/2014

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Exchange of knowledge and experience of Women producer groups of Nicaragua, Guatemala and Honduras
Exchange of knowledge and experience of Women producer groups of Nicaragua, Guatemala and Honduras held in Siuna, Nicaragua (March 2014) -- Event supported by the Forest and Farm Facility
Published on 29/04/2014

High-Level Roundtable on Food and Nutrition Security through Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems in the Post-2015 Agenda
CFS Chair Gerda Verburg's video message for the High-Level Roundtable on "Food and Nutrition Security through Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems in the Post-2015 Agenda", 27-28 March 2014, New York.
Published on 23/04/2014

CFS Chair Gerda Verburg addresses to the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference
CFS Chair Gerda Verburg addressing the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference in Washington DC, USA, March 2014
Published on 23/04/2014

Rol de la agricultura familiar y los medios comunitarios en América Latina
La agricultura familiar representa el 70% de los alimentos que se producen y consumen en la región de América Latina y el Caribe. En Octubre del 2013, representantes de 23 países, así como organizaciones de agricultores familiares y organismos internacionales, se reunieron en Santiago de Chile para discutir la situación de la agricultura familiar en la región.
Published on 14/04/2014
Cómo lograr que la juventud se quede en el campo
El papel de los jóvenes es clave para la agricultura y la seguridad alimentaria; sin embargo, gran parte de ese sector de la población abandona el campo para migrar a los centros urbanos en busca de mejores oportunidades de trabajo.
Published on 10/04/2014
Greener cities in Latin America and the Caribbean
Food production in urban and peri-urban areas is becoming increasingly important as the developing world’s urban population grows. It is estimated that around 800 million urban residents worldwide engage in agriculture. FAO Agriculture Officer Makiko Taguchi explains what this means for families in the region.
Published on 08/04/2014

Climate change, food prices, malnutrition and sustainable family farming on FAO radar
Raimund Jehle is Secretary to the Regional Conference for Europe and a Senior Field Programme Officer at FAO’s Regional Officer for Europe and Central Asia. In the following interview he provides an overview of the issues and priorities being explored at this week’s conference. In the second interview, Stjepan Tanic, Farming Systems Development Officer at FAO’s Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, elaborates on Family Farming in the region.
Published on 03/04/2014
Family Farming: Regional Perspective on Africa
Francesco Pierri is a Family Farming Officer for FAO. In the following interview he explains the importance of small scale and family farming in the region, as well as the particular challenges being faced by small farmers in Africa
Published on 01/04/2014
Afrique : l’agriculture familiale d’un point de vue régional
Ibrahim Coulibaly, ambassadeur spécial pour l'Année internationale de l'agriculture familiale, souligne l’importance de nouer un dialogue avec la société civile pour lutter contre la faim et la malnutrition en Afrique (Propos recueillis par Liliane Kambirigi)
Published on 25/03/2014
Family farming is the backbone of Africa
During the African Regional Dialogue on Family Farming (November 2013, Cape Town, South Africa), participants identified specific actions for effective and sustainable collaboration that achieve food and nutrition security in the continent. Additionally, participants recognized family farming as a way of life that contributes to the intergenerational transmission of knowledge, preservation of the environment, natural resources and cultural heritage.
Published on 25/03/2014
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