2014: International Year of Family Farming
The UN General Assembly declared 2014 to be the International Year of Family Farming with the slogan “Feeding the world, caring for the Earth”. Almost half of active world population (43%) is employed in agriculture, and this percentage even increases in developing countries to 53%.
Family farming includes all family – based agricultural activities. This means that all the work relies on and is operated by the family. It is the predominant form of agriculture both in developed and developing countries. There are over 500 million family farms in the world and with over 1500 million homes living from farming, they have an important cultural, environmental and socio-economic role.
Cultural and environmental role can be seen in preserving traditional food products while guarding agro-biodiversity and sustainable use of natural resources. Opportunity to boost local economies (through spending incomes on local market and generating many agricultural and non-agricultural jobs) makes family farming important in socio-economics and in making well-being of communities.
Family farming supports sustainable development but faces a lot of problems nowadays. Family farmers have poor access to natural resources, policies and technologies and solving this problems is key for increasing productivity, eliminating hunger and poverty and achieving world food security.
This campaign aims to put family farming at the centre of agricultural, environmental and social policies in the national agendas. It wants to become a tool to stimulate active policies for sustainable development of agricultural systems based on farming families. It aims to raise the profile of family farming by focusing world attention on it’s important role in providing food security, improving livelihoods, protecting the environment, and the key role of eliminating hunger and poverty.
IYFF has set a numerous expectations to achieve with this campaign. These expectations can be grouped in 2 categories. First is the recognition of family farming by the UN, international organizations and governments and strengthening the national and international platforms for the development of strategies and policies in defense of a sustainable future for family farming. The second category is all about increasing. Increasing public investment in rural areas, increasing rural employment among young people, increasing social awareness of the importance of family farming etc.
All this said makes you aware of the importance of family farming. Family farmers have the potential to increase agricultural productivity, eliminate world hunger and poverty, preserving environment and natural resources in the same time. They can feed the world and take care of the Earth.
We in Agrivi are dedicated to change the way food is produced, and supporting family farmers in their production is very important factor. How can you help?