The International Year of Family Farming (IYFF)
What is the International Year of Family Farming? Small family farms are the key to reducing poverty and improving global food security. The United Nations declared 2014 the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) to recognize the importance of family farming in reducing poverty and improving global food security. The IYFF aims to promote new development policies, particularly at the national but also regional levels, that will help smallholder and family farmers eradicate hunger, reduce rural poverty and continue to play a major role in global food security through small-scale, sustainable agricultural production.
The IYFF provides a unique opportunity to pave the way towards more inclusive and sustainable approaches to agricultural and rural development that: Recognize the importance of smallholder and family farmers for sustainable development; Place small-scale farming at the centre of national, regional and global agricultural, environmental and social policies; Elevate the role of smallholder farmers as agents for alleviating rural poverty and ensuring food security for all; as stewards who manage and protect natural resources; and as drivers of sustainable development.
GFR 2013 Official Report
The Smallholder Advantage: A new way to put climate finance to work
IFAD sees smallholder farmers as more than just victims of climate change: they are a vital part of the solution to the ‘wicked’ climate change problem.
Learning from each other: South-South and triangular cooperation in East and Southern Africa
IFAD Policy brief 4: Promoting the resilience of poor rural households
The post-2015 development agenda can be structured to encourage governments and other actors to focus on strengthening the resilience of poor rural people and their livelihoods.
A number of targets that provide the basis to achieve this have already been proposed, particularly focusing on the promotion of more sustainable practices in agriculture.
IFAD Policy brief 1- Leveraging the rural-urban nexus for development
IFAD Policy brief 3: Investing in smallholder family agriculture for global food security and nutrition
Youth: Investing in young rural people for sustainable and equitable development
Linking matching grants with loans: Experiences and lessons learned from Ghana
IFADs approach in Small Island Developing States: A global response to island voices for food security
FAO-IFAD Using livelihood to map best investments in water
In 2005, IFAD and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) formed a partnership to promote a better understanding of the links between rural poverty, livelihoods and water access.
Together they developed an approach to map information relating to poverty, livelihood activities and water availability across sub-Saharan Africa.
By correlating this information, they have been able to substantiate context-specific proposals for water investments.
Youth and agriculture: Key challenges and concrete solutions
Guidelines for Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Fisheries and Aquaculture Projects
climate change experts in different moments in time. Substantive inputs were provided by a range of stakeholders, including smallholder
farmers, aquaculturists, academics, personnel from ministries of agriculture and environment, and development cooperation partners.