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The Farmers’ Forum was established in 2005. It is an on-going, bottom-up process of consultation and dialogue between organizations of smallholder farmers and rural producers from all over the world, and IFAD and our Member States. 

The Forum is rooted in and aims to strengthen effective partnerships and collaboration between IFAD and farmer organization in country programmes and investment projects. It also builds farmer organizations’ capacity and engages in policy dialogue initiatives.

The Forum meets every two years for a global consultation, in conjunction with IFAD's Governing Council.

Latest sessions

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 in conjunction with the thirty-first session of IFAD's Governing Council

First global meeting of Farmers' Forum

February 2006 - EVENT
The first meeting of the Farmers' Forum took place in Rome