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Vision and Mandate

18th International
Symposium &
Global Learning
Rome, Italy
October 31-
November 4,

and Regional

Who are we?

The International Farming Systems Association (IFSA) and the regional associations and working groups of : Africa – East & Southern, Africa – West, Asia, Australia & Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East & North Africa and North America. FAO provides support to this web- based information dissemination activity of IFSA.

What is our mandate?

"To move beyond doing good research to making a difference to the lives of small farmers and the rural poor"

What is our approach?

We redraw the boundaries of our research to go beyond rural producers to include urban consumers, to go beyond the farm gate to include far off markets, to scale up beyond a handful of ‘experimenting farmer groups’ to experiment in larger agro-ecological and political units.


Farming Systems
and Poverty

Affiliated Journals

International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability

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