A global forum was launched Monday highlighting the United Nations Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF), with the aim of identifying priority policies to enhance support for family farmers and agricultural development around the world.
The United Nations Development Fund operates until the end of 2028, and the forum is convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
In his video address to the opening of the Global Forum, FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu noted that the world was falling behind in its efforts to eradicate hunger and malnutrition.
He said The number of people facing hunger has increased in 2021 and is likely to rise even more especially among the most vulnerable, with nearly 80 percent of them living in rural areas. and small family farmers.
Family farmers around the world are also exposed to new challenges to food systems everywhere, brought on by the climate crisis, as well as conflict. UN agencies say the war in Ukraine has added more pressure to already fragile agri-food systems.
Mr Keough said the forum provides a way, first, to discuss “The unique role of family farmers in transforming our agri-food systems; Second, assess the achievements and challenges in implementing the UN Decade; And third, strengthening cooperation to ensure global food security, enhance livelihoods and achieve sustainable development goals.”
“Family farmers must be at the center of efforts to transform agri-food systems If we are to make real progress towards ending hunger.”
“Family farming is the main form of agriculture in the country,” he added Both developed and developing countries are responsible for producing 80 percent of the world’s food“in terms of value.
He noted that all too often, family farmers struggle to feed their families.
Since its launch three years ago, the UN Decade of Family Farming has promoted integrated policies and investments to support family farmers, and FAO has assisted in national implementation of international tools and guidelines to strengthen family farming, Mr. Xu said at the virtual forum.
He also noted that FAO hosts the Family Farming Knowledge Platform to facilitate the exchange of experiences, innovation and specialized knowledge.
In addition, the FAO Strategic Framework 2022-31 includes a priority action area aimed at improving support for small-scale food producers and achieving tangible results.
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The main objectives of the Global Forum are to provide an overview of policy trends and the importance of family farming for the global push towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals; Highlight the main results of the first three years of implementation; and reorientation of the UNDFF agenda through practical lessons learned thus far.
Participants include representatives of national governments, government agencies, United Nations agencies, family farmers and their organizations, civil society organizations, as well as NGOs; The private sector, media and academia.