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2014 is the International Year of Family Farming

08 Jan 2014

The United Nations has designated 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) – a theme that closely reflects Bioversity International’s mission to provide scientific evidence to shape decisions and actions to benefit smallholder farmers and rural communities living in poverty around the world.

Bioversity International’s vision is of a world in which smallholder farming communities in developing countries are thriving and sustainable and this year’s campaign highlights why this is important: 

  • Family and small-scale farming are inextricably linked to world food security.
  • Family farming preserves traditional food products, while contributing to a balanced diet and safeguarding the world’s agricultural biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources.
  • Family farming represents an opportunity to boost local economies, especially when combined with specific policies aimed at social protection and well-being of communities.

The year will see a series of events that highlight the significant role that family and smallholder farmers can play in “in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment and achieving sustainable development, particularly in rural areas” (FAO).

There will also be 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.

Watch a Opens external link in new windowshort video to meet some of the smallholder farmers around the world we have worked with, and others whose passion has inspired, and continues to inspire, our work.  

Follow updates during 2014 on Twitter #IYFF

For more information visit the official website:

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