12 Nov 2018

UN Decade for Family Farming: the first official meeting of the International Steering Committee

On Friday November 9th, 2018, the WFO Secretary General, Ms. Arianna Giuliodori, participated, on behalf of the World Farmers' Organisation, in the first meeting of the International Steering Committee of the UN Decade for Family Farming 2019-2028.
The meeting was the occasion to examine the first draft of the guidance document, as well as its annexes.

The UN Decade for Family Farming 2019-2028 will serve as a framework for countries to develop public policies and investments to strengthen the position of family farming in economic, environmental and social policies at all levels to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Committee for the implementation of the Decade, led by the Government of Costa Rica, is made up of Member States, international Farmers' Organizations, such as the World Farmers' Organisation, the World Rural Forum and La Via Campesina, regional producers' groups such as the Confederación de Organizaciones de Productores Familiares del MERCOSUR (COPROFAM) and the Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA). The joint secretariat is composed of the three UN Rome-based Agencies, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Program (WFP).

The WFO Secretary General, for her part, reminded participants that small and family are not synonyms and yet, family farms are a very diverse group, and this diversity must be taken into account when addressing the family farmers’ needs.
Family farmers are part of the solution for achieving food security and sustainable rural development and the use of new sustainable agricultural practices and technologies make them development’s agents.
Anyway, strengthening the interaction among family farming and innovation means giving farmers the opportunity to share their expertise as well as to understand which tools, instruments or practices are better to their specific needs and expectations.