In the context of the 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), FAO and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) have launched 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 involve them further in the discussion regarding the key role family farming plays in economic and social development.
Published on 28/01/2014

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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

In the words of family farmers – Guatemala
In Guatemala, many women, like weaver Ana Maria Gonzalez, depend on off-farm income to survive.
Published on 27/02/2014

In the words of family farmers: Indonesia
For seaweed farmer Hassan Heremba Basri teaching his children everything he knows about farming will ensure their successful future.
Published on 27/02/2014

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
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