Family Farming is the focus of World Food Day 2014
The 2014 World Food Day theme - Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth” - has been chosen to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farmers. It focuses world attention on the significant role of family farming in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas.
The UN General Assembly has designated 2014 “International Year of Family Farming.” This is a strong signal that the international community recognizes the important contribution of family farmers to world food security.
- FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva
- Pope Francis
- H. E. John Agyekun Kufuro - Former President of the Republic of Ghana
- Giuseppe Castiglione - Sottosegretario di Stato del Ministero delle politiche agricole alimentari e forestali Italy
- H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands - UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development
- Michel Mordasini - IFAD Vice-President
- Ertharin Cousin - WFP Executive Director
Family farming is inextricably linked to national and global food security. Both in developing and developed countries, family farming is the predominant form of agriculture in the food production sector. Family farming includes all family-based agricultural activities, and it is linked to several areas of rural development.