UN declares 2014 the International Year of Family Farming
22 November 2013, Rome - The UN General Assembly declared 2014 the International Year of Family Farming today in New York City, as part of a global campaign to reinforce awareness and support for family farmers. This move to focus on family farmers for the international year was driven by strong advocacy from civil society, mainly the World Rural Forum which played a fundamental role. Family farming is a priority for FAO, which sees the contributions of these important agricultural producers as critical to the fight against hunger and malnutrition. Small farmers serve as pillars for the world’s agricultural production system, yet their contributions and needs fail to get the recognition and support that they need. This international years begs the questions: What are the issues affecting small scale and family farmers and what are the implications of not addressing these issues?
Ms Marcela Villarreal is the director of FAO’s Office for Office for Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development. In the following interview she explains the issues facing small scale and family farmers and why these issues need to be addressed.
Raymond Nyayifi Enoch is Coordinator of the National Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition (AAHM) in Nigeria and newly nominated vice-President of the Regional AAHM platform in West Africa. He is also a member of the FAO’s Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum) in West Africa. In the following interview he discusses the International year of Family Farming from the perspective of civil society. (Interview conducted by David Youngs-FAO-Ghana)
Produced by: Sandra Ferrari