Family Farming

This year opens the Decade of Family Farming, which aims to improve the life of family farmers around the world. In an earnest discussion, two leaders in the global agriculture community reflect on the challenges facing…

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A female farmer working at a sorghum crop in her farm located near Meru, Meru County, Kenya. More than 80 per cent of all farms globally are below two hectares.
Family Farming

Family farms play a key role in ending hunger and achieve sustainable development. They occupy around 70 to 80 per cent of farmland and produce more than 80 per cent of the world's food in value terms.

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Smallholder family in Karausi Province, Burundi. <br/> Photo: ©IFAD/Susan Beccio
Family Farming

The International Year of Family Farming celebrated five years ago will now be followed by a Decade of Family Farming. This underlines the major importance of Family Farming in achieving the SDGs.

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Family Farming

A project in Burkina Faso has given a clear demonstration of what supporting family farms can achieve in terms of poverty alleviation and rural development. One important success factor was the transfer of land to…

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Family Farming

Converting from subsistence to market-oriented farming can increase income. Thanks to the ’Enabling Rural Innovation’ approach, family farmers in Uganda and Tanzania have succeeded in improving production and fetching…

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Family Farming

José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), on the role of family farms for global food security, the need for sound rural development stategies and the…

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Family Farming

Family farming has many different meanings to many different people. While such farms come in all shape and sizes, one thing all practitioners agree on is that family farming is more than a business – it’s a way of life.…

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Family Farming

Family farms are especially well suited to meet the challenges of labour organisation in agriculture. In early stages of development, they play a particularly important role in creating productive employment for the…

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Family Farming

For a long time, the agricultural policies of the Mercosur states ignored family farming, focusing on promoting individual crops and export production instead. Rural development was not on the agenda. Only after the turn…

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Family Farming

Despite the crucial role of women in family farms and small-scale agriculture, gender inequality is still present in many ways – jeopardising the food and nutrition security of millions of people.

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