United Nations General Assembly adopts Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028

January 2018


PIFON is proud to be partnering with the World Rural Forum in driving the Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 initiative that has been officially adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. This Decade aims to serve as a framework to promote better public policies on Family Farming, and contributing to the achievement of food security and improved nutrition as well as to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Through a partnership agreement with World Rural Forum, PIFON is promoting family farming to its members in the Pacific and as an organisation supported under the MTCP II project, it will use this platform to leverage the message from its farmer organisations on family farming to be spread across the Pacific.

The adoption of the IYFF+10/Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 is a result of the collective work and campaign of a group of 14 countries led by Costa Rica and co-sponsored by 104 states for the Declaration of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF-2014) that was coordinated by the World Rural Forum but driven mainly by Family Farming organizations since 2008. This drive has achieved significant milestones towards family farming especially in terms of public policy.

Family farming is a means of organizing agriculture where the production is managed and operated by a father, mother, children of a family unit working together to toil their land and provide for their food security or livelihood. It is widely practiced in the Pacific but is more commonly known as subsistence farming, traditional farming, organic farming, and indigenous farming or smallholder farming.

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