An online portal aimed at gathering digitised information on family farming worldwide, including public programmes, national and regional legislation, up-to-date statistics, case studies and academic research has been started by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
The new Family Farming Knowledge Platform was launched in June 2015 and will allow governments to build stronger policies in support of family farmers and help policy dialogue with family farmers' organisations. It provides a single access point for international, regional and national information related to family farming issues, integrating and systematising existing information to better inform and provide knowledge-based assistance to policy-makers, family farmers’ organisations, development experts, as well as to stakeholders in the field and at the grassroots level.
According to FAO, family farming is not only the predominant form of agriculture both in developed and developing countries, but family farmers also run diversified agricultural systems and preserve traditional food products, contributing both to a balanced diet and the safeguarding of the world’s agro-biodiversity.
The portal comes therefore as an aftermath to last year's International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), which put the spotlight on the contributions and struggles of family farmers in the global challenge to feed a growing population of 9 billion by 2050.