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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Agricultural Business Centres -- Fueling Growth in Sierra Leone
Under the Smallholder Commercialization Programme, FAO supported the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program to implement Agicultural Business Centres (ABC) in order to improve food security for the most vulnerable population. This program has involved the Government of Sierra Leone under the National Sustainable Agriculture Development Plan. It has permitted to rural populations to organize themselves as producers organizations and cooperatives and to link with national markets.
Published on 17/03/2014

Growing Innovation Online Library & Book
The Growing Innovation project was inspired by farmers. At our small non profit organization, we work with farmers who amaze us everyday with their ingenuity and determination. Over the past 17 years, we've documented hundreds of successful farmer-led projects. We want to celebrate and share their innovative ideas by creating an online library and a new book.
Published on 14/03/2014
Family Farming: Regional Perspective from the Asia-Pacific region
Thierry Facon is a senior water management officer for FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, based in Bangkok. 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 these farmers in Asia and the Pacific.
Published on 14/03/2014
Family Farming: Regional Perspective from Near East and North Africa
Benoit Horemans is the FAO’s representative in Tunis and Coordinator of the Sub-regional office for North Africa. 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 these farmers in North Africa and the Near East.
Published on 05/03/2014
دور الزراعة الأسرية ووسائل إعلام المجتمعات المحلية في إقليم الشرق الأدنى
24 فبراير/شباط 2014 – روما – تشكل الزراعة الأسرية في منطقة الشرق الأدنى ما يزيد على 80% من المزارع. ولذلك فإن هذا القطاع ينهض بدور كبير في الأمن الغذائي والاتساق الاجتماعي والاقتصادي للأسرة، وذلك من حيث الوظائف والإسكان والوضع الاجتماعي. كما تضمن الزراعة الأسرية تزويد أسواق المدن بالمنتوجات الغذائية، وتقدم فرصاً لوظائف جديدة. لكن الزراعة الأسرية، وبالرغم من ذلك، تواجه تحديات كثيرة، من ضمنها ضعف إمكانية الوصول إلى المدخلات الزراعية والأسواق، التي باتت تهيمن عليها بصورة متصاعدة سلاسل الشركات الكبيرة للبيع بالتجزئة، وكذلك الظروف المناخية القاسية وازدياد الهجرة من مناطق الريف. وهكذا فإن التكيف مع هذه التحديات يعدّ أمراً ضرورياً لكفالة الأمن الغذائي العالمي والتنمية الريفية المستدامة. وتتضمن المقابلات التالية آراء واقتراحات بعض المشاركين في حوار الشرق الأدنى الإقليمي بشأن الزراعة الأسرية الذي عقد خلال الفترة 20-21 نوفمبر/تشرين الثاني 2013 في مدينة تونس (تونس).
Published on 04/03/2014
Family Farmers + You = A Well Nourished World
Food Tank's new video, produced in collaboration with Greener Media, reveals that when family farmers have the right tools, they have limitless potential. (Food Tank/Greener Media)
Published on 28/02/2014
Priority issues for Near East food and agriculture brought to the table
A three-day technical meeting has come to a close for the Regional Conference for the Near East and North Africa (NERC32). During the conference, government ministers and senior officials from countries across the region reviewed the overall state of food and agriculture. They also discussed urgent issues facing countries, including the development of a strategy for sustainable water management, as the region faces what may be the most severe intensification of water scarcity in its history. The agenda also focused on reducing food losses and waste in the region; ensuring gender equality in agriculture and the rural sector; and, other priority areas for FAO’s work over the next two years. A two-day Ministerial Meeting opens today at FAO headquarters for Ministers from member countries across the region.
Published on 28/02/2014
Small-scale fishers need support to enter regional and international markets
Nicole Franz is FAO’s Fishery Planning Analyst. In the following interview she explains the main challenges facing small scale fishers and the reasons preventing them from receiving the support they need.
Published on 28/02/2014
Séminaire international sur l’agriculture familiale: discours de clôture
Mercredi 25 février 2014 au Salon international de l’agriculture, l’agriculture familiale était à l’honneur avec le séminaire organisé par les Jeunes Agriculteurs, l’AFDI (Agriculteurs français et développement international) et le Ministère de l’agriculture, de l’agroalimentaire et de la forêt. Stéphane Le Foll, Ministre français de l’agriculture, de l’agroalimentaire et de la forêt, a clôturé le séminaire.
Published on 28/02/2014
In the words of family farmers: The Gambia
Almost half of the world's agricultural workers are women - but in Africa, less than 15% of them own land. Rice farmer Awa Jagne explains what it means to her to own her own land and produce food for her family.
Published on 27/02/2014

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