FAO unveils new technical platform for family farming – world

Santiago / Rome – Family farms represent 90 percent of all agricultural holdings in the world, covering a wide range of production systems and people, and their flourishing is essential to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) number 1 (no poverty) ), 2 (no hunger) and 10 (Reduction of inequalities). .

For this reason, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is launching a technical platform on family farming, aimed at fostering innovation and the exchange of information between regions.

“When resources and knowledge are shared, innovation is accelerated,” FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said via video in his opening speech at the launch event held in Santiago, Chile. The platform “will allow us to think big, but will also facilitate concrete actions,” he said.

There are over 500 million family farms around the world, and in addition to producing 80 percent of the world’s food, many of them can and do play a fundamental role in preserving biodiversity and represent the first step. of rural transformation, said Qu.

“The multiple income and livelihood strategies generated by family farming play an essential role in all agrifood systems,” added the Director General.

FAO is launching five technical platforms, each global in scope and coordinated by one of FAO’s regional offices, to accelerate the adoption of innovations through the exchange of experience and knowledge.

The regional technical platform for family farming will be coordinated by the FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, in accordance with the experience accumulated in the region in matters of public policy, policy instruments, legal frameworks, national programs and institutional capital.

The platform

The platform, offered by FAO as a new global public good, provides governments, farmers’ organizations, the scientific community, policy makers, the private sector and all those interested in rural development with a set of innovative tools for the exchange of experience and specialist knowledge.

By mobilizing existing knowledge, expertise and best practices from around the world and fostering dialogue, learning and collaboration between a wide range of partners inside and outside FAO, the platform aims to promote technical and institutional innovations that empower family farmers around the world.

It functions as a digital installation to push knowledge products, FAO’s technical and political expertise, operational know-how, and also as a digital “convention center” providing digital spaces and tools enabling partners and participants to lead concrete initiatives such as webinars, training events, policy dialogue and virtual learning tours.

Promoting and supporting innovations and the development of family farming is an essential condition for the implementation of Strategic framework achieve the targets of Sustainable Development Goals 1, 2 and 10, said the Director-General.

Several countries in Africa, Europe and Asia have already requested FAO support for the development of their own national plans on family farming, while the Near East and North Africa have launched a Regional action plan on family farming. These initiatives should enrich the platform’s body of shared knowledge and innovation and help better support and “prepare this sector to take advantage of and shape the new opportunities presented by the transformation of agrifood systems,” he added. .

The platform also contributes to the United Nations Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028, jointly led by FAO and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Family farms

FAO has consolidated important knowledge about family farming, a category that includes agricultural workers, indigenous peoples, fishermen, mountain farmers, nomadic herders and many more in all regions of the world.

Family farms include a wide variety of production systems and scales. Recent FAO led research found that over 90 percent of the world’s 608 million farms are family farms, occupying about 70 to 80 percent of farmland and producing 80 percent of the world’s food by value. The term is not synonymous with small farms – covering less than 2 hectares – which exploit about 12 percent of all agricultural land and produce about 36 percent of the world’s food.

The platform will also be coordinated with FAO projects and programs in support of smallholder producers that focus on “equitable access to resources which is fundamental for agricultural development and growth, and equitable markets”, said Managing Director Qu.

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