Family Farming

Symposium on Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems and Family Farming

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, through the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) Programme, organizes the International Symposium on Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems and Family Farming from 18th to 20th of October 2021. The Symposium will focus on how the main features of GIAHS sites and the UN Decade of Family Farming action plan can jointly strengthen the multidimensionality of family farming. The event will welcome speakers

Reconciling rural youth with family farming and unleashing their potential, in West Africa

The perception of rural West African youth is too often biased by the stereotypes widely conveyed about them. Between precarious odd jobs, idleness and the temptation to move, it is sometimes difficult to envision these young people rooted in their rural community. Too often, we don’t ask: Who are these young people? What are their stories? How do they fit into their community? What are their ambitions? How do they

A Kenyan producers’ organization helps a farmer’s avocado business grow

How a producers’ organization helped farmers successfully export avocado to Europe “Before the Forest and Farm Facility Programme (FFF) reached out to us, I faced many challenges in marketing the avocado produce from my farm,” says Paul Mitei, a farmer from Kiptoben Village, Nakuru County, Kenya. Paul says he wanted to know more about how the avocado and tomato value chains worked, and the proper inputs that are critical to

Yenkasa Africa- UNDFF Regional Awareness Campaign 2021

A new Yenkasa Africa awareness campaign for the UNDFF has been launched by family farmers’ organizations, FAO, and communication networks and institutions. The theme of the campaign is “Family farming at the heart of sustainable food systems” and it focuses on the contribution of family farming in achieving sustainable food systems. In particular, the campaign will give visibility to the progress of the UNDFF through the National Action Plans, policy

Exchange meeting: "UNDFF Action Plans: a pathway for food systems transformation in Africa"

The World Rural Forum with the financial support of the European Union and in collaboration with FAO is organizing the exchange session, titled “UNDFF Action Plans: a pathway for food systems transformation in Africa”. The online event will be held on the 23rd of June 2021 at 11:00 GMT+2 (Madrid, Spain). This exchange session will explore the different opportunities and challenges in the development and implementation of UNDFF National and

UN Decade of Family Farming: Leveraging of successful results to scale-up implementation towards sustainable agri-food systems

The  FAO/IFAD Joint Secretariat of the UNDFF is organizing a 2-day event on UN Decade of Family Farming: leveraging on successful results to scale-up implementation towards sustainable food systems, on 27 & 28 May 2021 from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm (GMT+2). The event will provide information on the overall progress made on the implementation of UNDFF and related SDGs. The event will be broadcasted with simultaneous interpretation in English,

A young Ghanaian woman earning a living from shea products

Rita Adibamoli is a 24-year-old Ghanaian woman from Kasena Nankana Abarjawe district of Ghana who has made a good livelihood from soap-making with shea product. In Kasena Nankana Baobab Cooperative Union (KANBAOCU), FAO’s Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) initiative funded a training for young people to develop skills in making soap from shea and to encourage entrepreneurship. This is how Rita gained the knowledge and interest to use soap making

FAO to hold UNDFF Event on Resilient and Sustainable Food Systems

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is co-organizing a side-event entitled, “Implementing the UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) to face COVID-19 and achieve resilient and sustainable food systems” on February 10, 13:00 (CET) under the 47th Committie on World Food Security (CFS) Event. The event will recognize the UNDFF  as a framework for countries to develop public policies and investments to support family farming from a holistic perspective, thus

Advocating for Family Farmers : 2020 Year-in-Review

As 2020 draws to a close, it’s a good time to reflect on what seems like a pivotal year. It’s a new decade, and we are facing challenges new and old. The COVID-19 crisis took over the agenda this year, changing how we work, live, and interact with each other. However, old challenges did not take a backseat during this crisis. Food security, nutrition, gender-based violence, early marriage, education, and

Rural women's statement on zero hunger mission

Rural women in Senegal have commited to take action to address hunger in their communities. On Oct. 15 and 15, the International Day of Rural Women & World Food Day, respectively, women from the two organizations representing farmers in Senegal and West Africa, respectively met to discuss the current crisis. The Conseil National de Concertation et de Coopération des Ruraux (CNCR) and ROPPA (Réseau des organisations paysannes et de producteurs