Global Launch UN Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028
27 - 29 May 2019
Time: 09.00 – 17.30
Speakers: Member states, farmers organisations, civil society, and RBA colleagues
In 2017, over 100 countries unanimously voted in the UN General Assembly to adopt the UN Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028. IFAD and FAO co-lead the Decade in its global mandate to focus the efforts of the international community, including governments and the UN system, to create policies, laws and frameworks that will support family farmers to improve their food security, nutrition and incomes, thereby supporting the SDGs and investments in rural people.
Red Room, FAO HQ
The Decade supports all regions and countries in IFAD's programme of work, and all Member States are invited to implement the Decade at national level. The Decade reinforces IFAD's investment in rural people and enables inclusive and sustainable transformation in rural areas, notably through its emphasis on smallholder-led agricultural and rural growth. It has dedicated activities, detailed in the Global Action Plan, to mainstream support for climate action, improved nutrition, youth opportunities and empowerment of rural women.
The Global Action Plan guides the implementation of the Decade to create the national-level policies and legislative changes required to support the implementation and objectives of IFAD-funded projects to improve results and impact at country level. In doing so, the Decade reinforces and responds to the need for increased policy dialogue engagement at country level, and supports scaling up of successful initiatives.
The Global Launch of the United Nations Decade of Family Farming represents the official presentation of the initiative by FAO and IFAD as the co-leads of the UN Decade. The launch will take place over three days, with farmers’ knowledge exchange sessions and regional dialogues on priorities for the implementation of the Decade on 27-28 May 2019, and the high-level official launch on 29 May 2019. The IFAD President and the Director-General of FAO will be joined by senior representatives from across the UN system and farmers' organisations in launching the Decade.