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Civil Society Parallel sessions

Bringing civil society voices to Rome

During FAO Conference, a series of dialogues with Civil Society Organizations will be held in the Austria Room  (C237).


Wednesday, 19th June 

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Food sovereignty: the way forward after the 6th LVC International Conference


Francisca Rodriguez (La Via Campesina)

Antonio Onorati (International Planning Committee on Food Sovereignty – IPC) 

The objective of the event is to present the keys points of struggles and action plan of La Via Campesina and the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty in the next years, on issues such as Agrarian Reform, Food Sovereignty, Global Campaign to Stop the Violence Against Women, among others.

La Via Campesina is an international movement of peasants, small- and medium-sized producers, landless, rural women, indigenous people, rural youth and agricultural workers. We are an autonomous, pluralist and multicultural movement, independent of any political, economic, or other type of affiliation. Born in 1993, La Via Campesina has just extended the number of its member’s organization and countries that at its last conference was about 150 organisations in 70 countries in the four continents. New members and numbers will be announced at the press conference.


Thursday, 20th of June

1:00 – 2:00 pm

The International Year of Family Farming and the Voluntary Guidelines : Opportunities for Civil Society Engagement

Chair: Christine Ton Nu – Vice Chairperson, Intertnational Steering Committee

To raise awareness of the importance of family farming, during 2008, the initiative to declare this year was launched by the World Rural Forum (WRF) in collaboration with major regional networks of family farmers’ organizations in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In 2011, taking note of a proposal put forth by the Government of the Philippines, the 37th Session of the FAO Conference proposed that the United Nations declare 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming. At the 66th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, 2014 was formally declared to be the “International Year of Family Farming” (IYFF).

This resolution invited FAO, in partnership with governments, UN agencies and civil society organizations, to facilitate the implementation of the IYFF which will highlight the importance of family farms in reducing poverty and attaining food security.  Key to the sustainability of family farms is the security of land tenure.

In May 2012 the Voluntary Guidelines were endorsed by the Committee on World Food Security. The Voluntary Guidelines serve as a reference and provide key principles, to improve governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests for the benefit of all, but with an emphasis on vulnerable and marginalized people, by promoting the recognition, respect and safeguard of all legitimate tenure rights. The full respect, protection and realization of right to food only would be possible if access to assets (land, forest and fishery resources) is considered and adequately governed including traditional and customary rights.


Friday, 21st of June

12:30 pm

Renewed FAO Strategy for Cooperation with CSOs: from consensus to action

Chair: Marcela Villarreal, Director OCP

The FAO Strategy for Partnerships with Civil Society Organizations was adopted by FAO member states during the 146th Session of the Council. The Strategy is a consensus document, incorporating the comments and views received from civil society, Member States and FAO staff at headquarters and decentralized level. The inclusive consultation process conducted by OCPP in the finalization of this strategy was praised by Member States during the Council, as well as by CSOs. The Strategy identifies six areas of collaboration and two levels of interaction with different rationales and modus operandi: global-headquarters and decentralized (regional, national, local). The implementation of the Strategy, which will be the core issue for discussion during this session, will be focused on strengthening partnerships with CSOs at the decentralized level.