The Future of Family Farming: Providing Resources for Women and Young Farmers

Advancing participatory communication

Enabling community dialogue

Promoting gender equality

Raising farmer’s voice

The 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) focuses attention on the role of family farming in eradicating hunger and poverty and aims at identifying policies and interventions to support family farmers. The future of agriculture is undoubtedly in the hands of women and youth and it is particularly important to improve their opportunities and make rural areas more appealing for future farmers.  From September 15th to October 6th, Food Tank, in collaboration with the 2014 IYFF Secretariat, will be hosting the second round of the FSN Forum on family farming, focusing specifically on The Future of Family Farming: Providing Resources for Women and Young Farmers

More specifically, the following themes will be explored throughout the discussion period:

1)      What role can schools and universities play in promoting agricultural careers to youth? Please share any relevant programs you are aware of.

2)      What approaches are most successful in promoting the equality of female farmers?

3)      What measures can development organizations and governments take to make rural areas more appealing for future farmers?

4)      Please share any relevant case studies about empowering women and youth in agriculture to achieve better food security


Participants are invited to join the facilitated online discussion in English, French or Spanish.   Registered FSN Forum members can take part in facilitated online discussions and knowledge sharing, access the outcomes of the discussions, share news and resources and contact fellow practitioners.  The outcomes of the discussion, will be presented and reviewed during the Global Dialogue on Family Farming, set to take place the 27th  and 28th October 2014 at the FAO Headquarters in Rome.

To participate, send your contribution to or post it on the FSN Forum website