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Family Farming: Regional Perspective on Africa

Francesco Pierri, Family Farming Officer at FAO, explains the importance of small scale and family farming in the region. The International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) was launched as part of a global campaign to reinforce awareness and support for small scale and family farmers around the world. According to FAO, the contributions of these important agricultural producers is critical to the fight against hunger and malnutrition. Both in developing and developed countries, family farming is the predominant form of agriculture in the food production sector. (Interview produced by Sandra Ferrari).


L'agriculture familiale et médias communautaires

Dans le cadre de l'Année internationale de l'agriculture familiale 2014 (AIAF), l'Association Mondiale des Radiodiffuseurs Communautaires (AMARC) et l'Organisation pour les Nations Unies pour l'alimentation et l'agrciculture (FAO) ont lancé conjointement une campagne de sensibilisation à l'intention des organisations d'agriculteurs et la population rurale. L'objectif principal est celui d'utiliser la radio communautaire comme une plateforme pour partager des informations avec la communauté agricole et les inviter à prendre partie au dialogue centré sur le rôle clé de l'agriculture familiale dans le cadre du développement économique et social .

IYFF and the role of family farming

The following programme explains the contribution of family farming to the eradication of hunger  and to ensure food security. Additionally, it introduces  the main objectives of the IYFF 2014. 


The role of communication in family farming

The following programme describes the role of communication and community media in family farming as drivers for social change in rural areas.


The 2014 International year of family farming - Regional Dialogues

Family farming embodies a strategic pillar to achieve food security as well as the eradication of hunger and malnutrition in African countries. Despite their pivotal role, family farmers are still not considered enough from public policies. This affects and aggravates the land concentration, the displacement of families in the countryside as well as the low productivity and poor funding.

The 2014 International year of family farming

Family farming represents all family-based agricultural activities and includes forestry, fisheries, pastoral and aquaculture production which are run by a family and chiefly dependent on family labor. Family farming embodies a pillar of food security since it produces food for domestic consumption. It is the basis of the sustainable production of food and ensures a balanced biodiversity environment. Moreover, family farming represents one of the largest sources of food production and job creation in rural areas of Africa, Latin America and Caribbean and Asia.


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