Policy Support and Governance

FAO's work on family farming preparing for the decade of family farming (2019–2028) to achieve the SDGs

Issue Paper

Family farming is by far the most prevalent form of agriculture both in developed and developing countries, represents the largest source of employment worldwide, and is much more than a mode of food production, it is also a way of life.

In 2014, the International Year  of Family Farming (IYFF 2014) focused world’s attention on family farmers’ important role in alleviating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, sustainably managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and fostering sustainable development. In 2017, the International Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 was proclaimed, as a framework for countries to develop public policies and investments to support family farmers, and thus contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including eradicating rural poverty in all its forms and dimensions.

This publication highlights some of FAO’s key messages and FAO’s work on family farming  at regional and national level,  showing the positive developments since the IYFF 2014 and underlining specific levers and processes to scale up throughout the upcoming Decade.

Published: 2018
Publisher: FAO
Geography: Global