Launch of the UN’s Decade of Family Farming to unleash family farmers’ full potential

Development – “Decade of Family Farming”

Launch of the UN’s Decade of Family Farming to unleash family farmers’ full potential
JOINT PRESS RELEASE FAO/IFAD [International Fund for Agricultural Development]
29 May 2019, Rome – The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) today launched the United Nations’ Decade of Family Farming and a Global Action Plan to boost support for family farmers, particularly those in developing countries.

The two UN agencies lead the implementation of the Decade of Family Farming declared by the United Nations at the end of 2017.

Family farms represent over 90 per cent of all farms globally, and produce 80 percent of the world’s food in value terms. They are key drivers of sustainable development, including ending hunger and all forms of malnutrition.

The Decade of Family Farming aims to create a conducive environment that strengthens their position, and maximizes their contributions to global food security and nutrition, and a healthy, resilient and sustainable future.

The Global Action Plan provides detailed guidance for the international community on collective and coherent actions that can be taken during 2019-2028…

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

It details specific activities to address interconnected challenges, and target a range of actors – governments, United Nations agencies, international financial institutions, regional bodies, farmers and producer organizations, academic and research institutes, civil society organizations and the private sector, including small and medium enterprises.

Actions include:
:: Developing and implementing an enabling policy environment (including comprehensive and coherent policies, investments and institutional frameworks) that support family farming at local, national and international levels;
:: Supporting rural youth and women by enabling them to access productive assets, natural resources, information, education, markets, and participate in policy making processes;
:: Strengthening family farmers’ organizations and their capacities to generate knowledge and link locally specific (traditional) knowledge with new solutions;
:: Improving family farmers’ livelihoods and enhancing their resilience to multiple hazards though access to basic social and economic services, as well as facilitating and promoting production diversification to reduce risks and increase economic returns;
:: Promoting sustainability of family farming for climate-resilient food systems, and their access, responsible management and use of land, water and other natural resources.

Facts and figures on family farming:
:: More than 80 percent of all farms globally are below two hectares.
:: Family farms occupy around 70–80 percent of farmland and produce more than 80 percent of the world’s food in value terms.
:: Women perform nearly 50 percent of farm labor but hold only 15 percent of farmland.
:: 90 percent of fishers are small-scale operators, which account for half of the capture fisheries production in developing countries.
:: Up to 500 million pastoralists rely on livestock rearing to make a living.
:: Mountain farming is largely family farming.
:: Family farmers include forest communities. Around 40 percent of the extreme rural poor live in forest and savannah areas.
:: Traditional indigenous territories encompass up to 22 percent of the world’s land surface and coincide with areas that hold 80 percent of the planet’s biodiversity.