International Year of Family Farming






A farmer and mother poses with her children in their family’s cassava field in Uganda. Creative Commons: Gates Foundation, 2009

A farmer and mother poses with her children in their family’s cassava field in Uganda. Creative Commons: Gates Foundation, 2009

This year  2014 is the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF). The aim of this theme is to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farming by focusing global attention on its significant role in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas.

The goal of the 2014 IYFF is to place family farming at the centre of agricultural, environmental and social policies in the national agendas by identifying gaps and opportunities to promote a shift towards a more equal and balanced development.  The 2014 IYFF will promote broad discussion and cooperation at the national, regional and global levels to increase awareness and understanding of the challenges faced by smallholders and help identify efficient ways to support family farmers.

For more information, visit 2014 International Year of Family Farming website.