16.06.2014

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Is there good reason to make family farms a focus of global attention for a year? Or is it not rather reckless to advocate a concept while completely disregarding the fact that the necessary conditions are often not in place? A few entirely personal thoughts on the International Year of Family Farming.

Initially it sounds like a good idea: an “International Year of Family Farming”. The idea, then, is to promote a concept which consumers, landscape designers, environmentalists, climate researchers and many others associate with a “(more) ideal world” and “(more) vital” rural development; which is often thought of as a guaranteed route to the much-vaunted goals of sustainable development and food security. The implication of the latter, however, is that family farming is not seen merely as an organisational model for society in rural regions but as an economic organisational unit, a supporting pillar contributing directly to the development of rural regions.

If this is the case, then is it enough to “celebrate” such a year in order to encourage policy-makers to reconsider the merits of family farming and thus position it as an engine of sustainable rural development – in the hope that this will improve the living conditions of farmers in developing and newly industrialising countries?

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