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.
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.
Photo: © FAO/Luis Tato

04.06.2019

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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.

The United Nations Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF, 2019-2028) and a Global Action Plan to boost support for family farmers, particularly those in developing countries, was launched on the 29th May 2019.

The Food and Agriculture Nations of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) lead activities for the implementation of the Decade of Family Farming, declared by the United Nations at the end of 2017, which aims to create a conducive environment that strengthens the position of family farming and maximises family farmers’ contributions to global food security and nutrition.
Family farms represent over 90 per cent of all farms globally, and produce more than 80 per cent of the world's food in value terms. They are key drivers of sustainable development, including ending hunger and all forms of malnutrition.

The Global Action Plan for the Decade of Family Farming

The Global Action Plan for the Decade of Family Farming is a guide to develop policies, programmes and regulations to support family farmers, putting forward collective and coherent actions that can be taken during the next ten years.

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