Family Farming

Event: Prospective Analysis of Senegalese Agriculture in 2050: Agro-industry versus Agroecology?

Join the public hybrid event titled “Prospective Analysis of Senegalese Agriculture in 2050: Agro-industry versus Agroecology?” on April 16, 2024, from 09:30 to 12:30 GMT, co-organized by MAERSA, ISRA-BAME, FAO, and CIRAD, at the Auditorium, ISRA Hann Research Center, Dakar, Senegal. Online participation will also be possible. The event’s main objective will be to share and discuss with participants the key findings of the prospective exercise “AgroEco2050-Senegal” and its implications

Rural communication services for family farming

The Global Action Plan of the United Nations Decade of Family Farming 2019–2028 (UNDFF) recognizes the need to promote rural communication services (RCS) to advance sustainable food systems. RCS comprise demand-led communication processes, media applications and institutional arrangements to respond to the needs of family farmers and rural populations sustainably and inclusively. This report presents a comprehensive summary of the virtual UNDFF Global Forum on Inclusive Rural Communication Services for

A learning framework for inclusive, integrated and innovative public policy cycles for family farming

Public policies for family farming – when done appropriately – provide a perfect match between different policy areas related to productive, economic, social, environmental and cultural dimensions of sustainable food systems. The Learning framework for inclusive, integrated and innovative public policy cycles for family farming was developed under the framework of the United Nations Decade of Family Farming (2019–2028) to support policymakers, family farmers’ organizations and other relevant stakeholders to

Leaders from five continents will meet at the VIII Global Conference on Family Farming

The VIII Global Conference on Family Farming: Sustainability of Our Planet, organised by the World Rural Forum, is approaching. It will bring together relevant family farming leaders from 5 continents, representatives of governments, international institutions, research centres, foundations, consumer, youth and women farmers’ organisations. It will take place from 19 to 21 March 2024 in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country, Spain. Among the nearly 150 people from more than 60 countries who will

Women family farmers for the sustainability of food systems and the planet

Rural women are the heart of the countryside and agriculture, playing a key role in food systems, agrobiodiversity conservation, poverty eradication and achieving the SDGs. On International Women’s Day, we commemorate the achievements of women family farmers, rural women and indigenous women. Still, we must remember the challenges that remain to be addressed in order to move towards more just and equitable societies that recognise the important role of rural

Social Capital proves critical to success of System of Rice Intensification (SRI) farming in Tanzania

Social capital is defined as the enduring connections of networks, reciprocity and social norms that exist among a group of people. In farming, social capital has various benefits such as facilitating farmer-to-farmer knowledge sharing, increasing access to information, and connecting farmers to different sources of support. In Tanzania, social capital was a key contributor to the success of the implementation of System of Rice Intensification (SRI), as part of the

An innovative agricultural competition inspired by football

In the village of Mudjoga, in North Kivu, DRC, farmers have devised an innovative agricultural competition inspired by football. The competition is called “agricultural match” and it consists of farmers demonstrating the application of certain cultivation practices. The exercise itself is inspired by football, or “soccer”. It pits farmers against each other in a friendly competition where each demonstrates an agricultural technique. They are supervised by a jury of judges

In vivo experience of the benefits for farmers' organizations, IFAD, Governments & projects to come together

From 15 to 18 November, in Grand-Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire, was held the second edition of the Regional Farmers’ Forum in conjunction with the 12th Regional Implementation Workshop for IFAD-supported projects in West and Central Africa (WCA). Hosted in Grand Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire, this regional event welcomed about 200 participants from 23 countries of the region. The Regional Farmers’ Forum was  sponsored by Kobenan Adjoumani Kouassi, Minister of State, Minister of

Sex-disaggregated data, the key to understanding gender gaps in agriculture

The lack of data makes it difficult to monitor the progress on gender equality and rural women’s empowerment in agriculture, food security and nutrition. The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is supporting countries with the analysis necessary to make second-generation National Agriculture Investment Plans (NAIPs) and Regional Agriculture Investment Plans (RAIPs) gender responsive. FAO Representation in Ethiopia held a Stakeholders’ Validation Workshop on the use of