Farmers' Forum

Established in 2005, the Farmers’ Forum is a bottom-up dialogue between farmers’ organizations, rural producers, IFAD and our Member States. 

The Forum aims to strengthen IFAD’s partnerships and collaboration with farmers’ organizations, while building their capacity and engaging in policy dialogue.

The Forum brings together farmers' leaders from around the world, representing millions of smallholders and rural producers who interact with IFAD and partner institutions.Previously held every two years, global meetings are now held every four years while regional consultations are held in between, following a decision in 2016 to decentralize the consultations in the regions.

Latest sessions

Latest sessions

Regional Farmers’ Forums 2022-2023

October 2022 - EVENT
This year, the decentralized farmers’ forum meetings will take place in different regions around the world with the aim of strengthening impact at country level.

Seventh global meeting of the Farmers’ Forum

February 2020 - EVENT
The Global Farmers’ Forum is an on-going, bottom-up process of consultation and dialogue between organizations of smallholder farmers and rural producers from all over the world, IFAD and our Member States.

Sixth global meeting of the Farmers' Forum

February 2016 - EVENT
Farmers' Forum celebrates its 10th anniversary. Participants included almost 100 farmers’ representatives, providing a voice to millions of small-scale farmers, pastoralists, livestock breeders and fisher people from around the world.

Fifth global meeting of the Farmers' Forum

February 2014 - EVENT
The fifth global meeting of the Farmers' Forum took place on 17-18 February 2014, at the beginning of the International Year of Family Farming.

Fourth global meeting of the Farmers' Forum

February 2012 - EVENT
The Farmers' Forum is an on-going, bottom-up process of consultation and dialogue between small farmers' and rural producers' organizations (FOs), IFAD and governments, focused on agricultural and rural development and poverty reduction.

Third global meeting of the Farmers' Forum

February 2010 - EVENT
The third global meeting of the Farmers' Forum took place on 15 and 16 February 2010 in conjunction with the Thirty-third session of IFAD's Governing Council.

Second global meeting of the Farmers' Forum

February 2008 - EVENT
The second global meeting of the Farmers' Forum took place on 11 and 12 February 2008 in conjunction with the Thirty-first session of IFAD's Governing Council. The Forum brought together about 80 farmers' leaders from around the world.

First global meeting of Farmers' Forum

February 2006 - EVENT
The first meeting of the Farmers' Forum took place in Rome on 13 and 14 February 2006, bringing together 162 representatives at the ministerial level and more than 50 farmers’ leaders from all over the world who interacted with IFAD staff and selected partners.