Family Farming Newsletter for Latin America and the Caribbean, July-September 2012
Family farming in some Latin American and Caribbean countries represents more than 80% of all farm activities, more than 60% of food production and overall farmlands, and more than 70% of farm jobs. Not only does family farming provide food for cities, create jobs and generate income for the poor, it also contributes to the balanced development of rural territories and communities. Recognizing its importance to national economies, the countries in the region have established family farming as one of four priorities for technical assistance provided by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) at its most recent Regional Conference, held in March 2012 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Globally, family farming and its relevance in the current and complex context of highly volatile food prices has been recognized, and this has prompted the United Nations to declare 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming.