We believe there’s only one way to eradicate poverty, and that’s through the creation of wealth, and no one is better positioned to do that, than the current generation of family farmers. Because farmers learn more from other farmers than from anyone else.

Theo de Jager, President, World Farmers’ Organisation

Adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 20th, 2017 the United Nations Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) serves as a framework to collectively design and implement comprehensive economic, environmental and social policies, and to strengthen the position of family farming by creating conducive environments at all levels. This will also contribute to the achievement of the SDGs, in particular those related to food security and nutrition.

To oversee the implementation of the UNDFF, an international steering committee was established, composed of representatives of Member States and international Farmers’ Organisations, such as the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO), the World Rural Forum (WRF) 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 International Steering Committee of the UN Decade of Family Farming (ISC UNDFF) is supported by the FAO and IFAD joint secretariat.