2014 International Year of Family Farming
Family farmers produce over half of the world's food and they have the potential to produce more. The United Nations declared 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming. This is a very important recognition of the multiple social, economic, environmental and cultural functions of family farming.
Under the right conditions and with supportive policies, family farmers have proven to be innovative, productive and resilient, especially if they are supported to use agro-ecological practices that are based on their own resources and priorities. This makes family farmers key players in tackling the pressing issues of our time, such as hunger, climate change and biodiversity loss.
Running up to and during the IYFF, the AgriCultures Network raised the visibility of the contributions of agro-ecological family farmers and advocate for mechanisms and policies to strengthen them.
Our latest updates on the International Year of Family Farming
December 2014: To contribute to better nutrition for family farmers, AME Foundation is working with women farmers in 20 villages in Dharmapuri, India. The results are clear. Today, around 800 farming families in rainfed areas in Dharmapuri have established 'kitchen gardens'. By recycling the limited water they have available, the women are now growing their healthy vegetables all year round, instead of only a few months a year.
December 2014: New report by FAO and ILEIA synthesises main recommendations of the International Year of Family Farming.
Improving the situation of family farmers is a burning need. And as they produce an estimated 70% of the world’s food, it is an issue that affects us all. The 2014 International Year of Family Farming aimed to create a better understanding of family farming and support the development of pro-family farming policies. This article highlights some of the key proposals made during the year.
November 2014: Agroecology can unlock the potential of family farmers. This is the main message of the chapter written by AgriCultures Network member ILEIA in Deep Roots. The 250 page book on family farming was published this month by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
October 2014: The Global Winner of the 2014 Family Farming photo competition portrays a young farming couple in the Philippines, captured by amateur photographer Danilo Victoriano Jr.
August 2014: Brazilian government bodies convened in Brasilia to discuss the International Year of Family Farming. Following the opening session, civil society took the floor. Progress in public policy was acknowledged, but civil society also brought a number of critical issues to the table.
July 2014: The International Photo Competition 'Family farming: feeding the world, caring for the earth', visualizes how family farmers around the world produce healthy and nutritious food while they respect the environment and contribute to biodiversity. You can now participate and choose your favourite photos.
In December 2013, family farmers, field workers and journalism students analysed and articulated their experiences from the field in a documentation process, facilitated by ILEIA.
May 2014: By the deadline, we have received in excess of 1300 photos in the family farming photo competition, from all continents with Latin America taking the lead.
February 2014: In the city of Rome, the 5th Global Farmers' Forum took place. Hundreds of representatives of farmer organisations exchanged views and presented their strategies for the International Year of Family Farming.
Paulo Petersen of AS-PTA (Brazil) and KVS Prasad of AME Foundation (India) will be speaking at the Global Forum on Family Farming, hosted by the Hungarian government from 4-6 March 2014.
December 2013: Civil society in Senegal and the Food and Agriculture Organisation jointly launched the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) and created the new Family Farming Observatory.
A two day conference in Wageningen, the Netherlands, with leading thinkers and do-ers on the transformation of food and agriculture and a wide variety of workshops and excursions.
December 2013: You can now join the 2014 family farming photo competition. Submit your best photos on family farming and win a prize.
November 2013: On November 22, family farmers in India launched the International Year of Family Farming in the presence of researchers and officials, and with the support of the AME Foundation and other organisations.
September 2013: On the eve of its 2013 annual meeting in Senegal, members of the AgriCultures Network held a public seminar in Dakar on August 26. The workshop, in preparation for the International Year of Family Farming in 2014, gathered around seventy participants from a wide variety: producer organisations, NGOs, researchers, local government, media. "Moving towards sustainable agriculture is a process of transition, step by step but systematically changing the way you farm."