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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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
FAO's Marcela Villarreal interviewed on Family Farming
FAO's Director of Office for Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development, Marcela Villarreal explains why Family Farming is so crucial to communities around the world and the goals FAO wishes to reach by the end of the year.
Published on 24/03/2014

Family poultry production - Socio-cultural aspects of family poultry
The video is describing the importance of family poultry production in particular for smallholders and how to consider influences of season and gender roles in promoting better husbandry and improved management practices. Examples are given how to prepare and design appropriate extension messages that are clear and could be easily understood by family poultry producers. The content of the video was prepared by Brigitte Bagnol for Associate Poultry Advisers as part of a training programme that was organized by FAO in cooperation with IFAD.
Published on 20/03/2014

Gender equality and rural empowerment: Exchange of experiences in Guatemala and El Salvador
This video documents a joint initiative led by FAO and IFAD to enhance regional capacity building and knowledge management on gender, agriculture and rural livelihoods.
Published on 19/03/2014

Año Internacional de la Agricultura Familiar: Entrevista con Francisca "Pancha" Rodríguez
Francisca "Pancha" Rodríguez, de la Vía Campesina, comparte sus puntos de vista sobre el Año Internacional de la Agricultura Familiar (2014). La entrevista se produjo durante la sesión 38 de la Conferencia de la FAO, en junio de 2013.
Published on 19/03/2014

FAO and Grameen Foundation in partnership
Grameen Foundation and FAO will work closely to enhance small-holder farmer access to knowledge and technologies for sustainable production and food security through the use of mobile agriculture supported services. Both organizations agreed that this is a great step forward in their efforts to improve food security.
Published on 19/03/2014

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