FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean

Background

According to FAO reports, family farming is the predominant form of agriculture in the world. Today, we estimate that there are just over 500 million family farms in the world, ranging from small producers to medium-scale farmers. They include peasants, indigenous peoples, traditional communities, fishers, mountain farmers, pastoralists and many others representing all regions and biomes of the world.

Therefore, stimulating the development of family farming is key to achieving the goals of ending poverty (SDG 1), hunger (SDG 2) and inequality (SDG 10). In this sense, the General Assembly of the United Nations recognized the importance of these actors when approving the United Nations Decade of Family Farming and entrusted the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) its implementation (FAO, 2021). On the other hand, the new strategic framework that guides the work of FAO for the period 2022-2031 places emphasis on improving production, improving nutrition and improving the environment to achieve a better life, emphasizing the importance of family farmers in agri-food systems.

Because of the dynamism of the global scenario, family farming continually faces new opportunities and challenges. Technological development, climate change, new demands for food with specific socio-environmental attributes and demographic change are just some of the factors that transform agri-food systems and to which family farmers must adapt. To take advantage of the opportunities that arise, it will be necessary for family farming to continue innovating and to incorporate new knowledge, science and technology into its practices, in order to strengthen and consolidate the important role they play in food systems.

To speed up this innovation process, FAO makes available a new global instrument: the Regional Technical Platform on Family Farming. This platform provides governments, farmers' organizations, the scientific community, the private sector and all those interested in the rural world with a set of innovative tools for the exchange of experiences and specialized knowledge on family farming, promoting technical and institutional innovations that strengthen family farmers all over the world.

The platform will work in two ways: i) as a digital mechanism that mobilizes FAO's knowledge products, technical expertise, regulations and operational know-how, and lessons learned from around the world; and ii) as a digital convention center that makes available to partners and participants digital spaces and tools to carry out technical-political dialogue initiatives, exchange of experiences, training, among others.

The Platform as a Convention Center

The FAO, through this virtual space, offers technical assistance to support organizations and institutions interested in using the platform, providing logistical support and articulating different networks of technical teams, professionals and farmers from around the world with the requesting organizations to carry out the proposed activities. The aim of this is to generate and disseminate knowledge and experiences from the rural territories themselves, where their actors are the main promoters of such experiences.

Various session formats will be accepted, such as webinars, training meetings, dialogues on policies and/or experiences, talks, among others.

Call for proposals

This year, the Regional Office is promoting a call to the organizations and institutions linked to family farming to participate and be an active part of this exchange space. Therefore, you are invited to send your proposals for virtual sessions through which the exchange of experiences and spaces for political dialogue are promoted, allowing the strengthening of family farming and promoting its transformation towards more efficient, resilient and inclusive systems.

The proposals will be evaluated and considered for implementation as Exchange Sessions at the Convention Center of the Regional Technical Platform on Family Farming. The rules of the contest are available at (link). The reception deadline is July 10 at 11:59 p.m. (Santiago, Chile), and they must be sent through the form available on the web.

We will be waiting for your proposals!

About the call

About the call

The Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) invites all organizations of family farmers, academic institutions, government and the private sector, to participate in the Regional Technical Platform on Family Farming. To this end, a call has been opened to receive their proposals for the Sessions of Experience and Knowledge Exchange on Family Farming, to be carried out through the Platform.

The main objective of the platform is to promote innovative tools and experiences for the exchange of knowledge, and specialized discussion spaces on family farming, promoting technical and institutional innovations that strengthen family farming throughout the world.

This call seeks to connect and make visible various institutions and organizations that are working around the world for a better and more inclusive agriculture. Within the applications, ten (10) proposals will be selected to be developed during the 2022-2023 period within the framework of the Regional Technical Platform on Family Farming. Those proposals that are admissible but not selected will become part of the FAO’s portfolio to work on future years.

The topics to work on will be those promoting a more efficient, resilient and inclusive family farming. The priority topics are:

  • Innovation and technological tools for family farming
  • Sustainable production in family farming
  • Financial services for family farming
  • More inclusive, efficient and resilient markets and trade chains
  • Organizational and capacity building of family farming
  • Public policies for family farming

Who can apply?

Who can apply?

The call is addressed to all civil society organizations, government entities, the private sector and academia that work on family farming issues. Applications may be submitted as an organization or in association.

What are the eligibility criteria for proposals?

What are the eligibility criteria for proposals?

The initiatives presented must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Objective: The initiative contributes and promotes the exchange of experiences and reflection on the development of family farming in a sustainable way.
  • Innovation: The initiative addresses, in an innovative way, the problems prioritized in the description of the call through attractive and inclusive interaction mechanisms.
  • Inclusion: The initiative incorporates groups of women, rural youth and/or indigenous peoples as relevant actors during the development of the sessions.
  • Support: The initiative is part of a medium or long-term work agenda.
  • Format: Various types of proposal that consider an exchange or transfer of knowledge and/or experiences (seminars, training sessions, dialogues, talks, or other reproducible initiatives at the platform level) will be considered eligible.
  • Duration: The length of the sessions may be up to three (3) meetings.

All the initiatives that participate in this call must have a representation (natural or legal) that is responsible before the FAO, both for technical coordination issues as well as logistical and administrative issues.

How will proposals be evaluated?

How will proposals be evaluated?

Eligible proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

Criteria

Weighing

Clarity and relevance of the initiative

25%

Prioritized topics

25%

Participating groups

25%

Significance

25%

A brief explanation of each criterion is provided below.

  • Clarity and relevance of the initiative: Applications must describe their proposal clearly, coherently and completely, detailing the relationship with the issues prioritized by the call. Within this criterion, the methodology of the session will be taken into consideration, with special attention to those that consider participatory, dynamic and innovative elements. For this, the following elements will be considered:
    • Description of the objective of the session, detailing the topics to be addressed and the expected results.
    • Description of the methodology of the session.
    • Tentative agenda.
    • Incorporation of participatory, dynamic and innovative elements in the methodology.
    • Details of the support required by the platform.
  • Prioritized topics: The session must address at least one of the prioritized topics in the description of the call, being able to incorporate other topics in a complementary way. The degree of depth in the topics covered, the link with family farming and the promotion of resilient, efficient and inclusive food systems will be considered. The following points will be considered:
    • Prioritized topics covered in the session.
    • Analysis of at least one prioritized topic based on its link with family farming.
  • Participating groups: Priority will be given to those sessions presenting a greater participation and inclusion of groups of young people, women and indigenous peoples. For this, the following will be considered:
    • Inclusion of participants from prioritized groups
    • Incorporation of a differentiated analysis of the prioritized groups in the topic addressed.
  • Significance: The work and/or political agenda in which the initiative is framed will be evaluated, considering aspects such as the degree of implementation, the technical foundations and the scope, in order to guarantee the significance of the actions addressed. For this, the following will be taken into account:
    • Trajectory and/or projection of the work agenda in which the session is framed
    • Actors involved in the work agenda
    • Sectors involved in the work agenda
    • Scope of the work agenda

Application process

Application process

The application will be made only online and based on the application format provided by FAO, available on the website [here] in Spanish or English.

In addition to the information on the form, applicants may include a link to a public folder with multimedia content that allows sharingmore information on the agenda under which this activity is inserted.

The 2022-2023 call will be open from June 10 at 09:00 a.m. to July 10 at 11:59 p.m., Santiago de Chile time.

Proposals that arrive by other means, formats or outside the established deadline will not be accepted.

Selection process of the proposals

Selection process of the proposals

The evaluation of each proposal will be carried out as follows:

  • Admissibility: Refers to verification of compliance with the admissibility requirements indicated in section 3 of these guidelines. All initiatives that meet the requirements will be listed as eligible, and will be moved forward to the next stage. The results of this stage will be recorded in a minute, in which the list of eligible and ineligible initiatives will be indicated, specifying the causes of non-compliance with requirements. The set of eligible initiatives will make up the portfolio of Initiatives that could potentially use the platform.
  • Evaluation and prioritization: In this stage, a prioritized list will be created based on the scores obtained by each initiative, in accordance with the criteria established in point 4 of these guidelines. FAO reserves the right to contact the applicant entities to verify and request additional information to clarify doubts arising during the evaluation.
  • Selection of winning proposals for the period 2022-2023: The shortlisted initiatives will be evaluated by an internal FAO committee. The Committee will have the power to modify the number of initiatives to be implemented during 2022-2023, based on the quality and diversity of applications received.

What services will the Regional Technical Platform on Family Farming offer to the selected initiatives?

What services will the Regional Technical Platform on Family Farming offer to the selected initiatives?

The selected initiatives will have logistical, administrative and coordinating support so that the conferences are carried out in an appropriate and pertinent manner. The services provided by the Regional Technical Platform on Family Farming will be the following:

  • Creation and streaming of meetings on the platform: A videoconferencing tool (zoom, teams or Google meet) will be provided according to the needs of the session, which will be hyperlinked to the website of the Regional Technical Platform on Family Farming. The sessions will be recorded and will be permanently hosted on the platform. The events will be closed and will not have a live broadcast, notwithstanding that the event may be an open invitation with prior registration.
  • Dissemination through the platform's social networks: The conference will be published through the different networks managed by the platform, such as Twitter and Facebook.
  • Support in the management of the conference: Management support will be provided for the conference through the facilitation of contact with experts, institutions, organizations or other relevant actors.
  • Technical support: Technical support will be provided for the review of concept notes, definition of content and support material to be used within the framework of the conference.

Additionally, interpretation services into the English may be provided if required, for the proper development of the session.

These services will be provided in a timely manner and in accordance with the dates of the conference. The dates of the sessions will be defined jointly, considering the work schedule of the applicants and the feasibility of providing services by the Regional Technical Platform for Family Farming.

Schedule

Schedule

Activity

Dates for 2022-2023 period

Launch of the call

June 7

Opening of the call

June 10

Closing of the call

July 10, 23:59 h (Santiago of Chile)

Closing of the evaluation process

July 25

Announcement of results

July 28

Definition of selected session dates

August 8

Terms and conditions of the call

Terms and conditions of the call

  • FAO will have the right to use, adapt and disseminate the materials received and produced throughout the process.
  • FAO undertakes to give credit to the authors and to respect the original title of the proposal in any reproduction and adaptation.
  • The participants cannot unilaterally modify the selected session; they cannot be exchanged and they are not subject to financial compensation.
  • The claim period for any problem or eventuality related to this call will end three months after the closure of the reception of proposals.
  • FAO is exonerated from any responsibility for copyright claims, in the event that the materials belong to a person or entity other than the one registering them.
  • The participants will be responsible for complying with current legal provisions regarding intellectual property and the right to their own image.
  • The FAO reserves the right to ask the winners to send personal information, in order to coordinate the sessions.