The Farmers’ Forum, established in 2005, is an on-going, bottom-up process of consultation and dialogue between smallholder farmers’ and rural producers’ organizations from all over the world and IFAD and our Member States. The Forum is rooted in and aims to strengthen effective partnerships and collaborations between IFAD and Farmers Organizations (FOs) in country programmess and investment projects as well as building their capacity and engaging in policy dialogue initiatives.
The Forum meets every two years for global consultation, in conjunction with IFAD's Governing Council.
The sixth global meeting of the Farmers' Forum will be held from 15 to 16 February 2016. It will be preceded by a special session on Pastoralism on 12 February and followed by a number of side events on 18 February.
2016 marks the 10th year anniversary of the Farmers' Forum. The sixth global meeting provides an opportunity to assess the results of this unique dialogue and partnership. It also sets the stage for revisiting the Forum's purpose and modalities within the context of the evolving relationships between smallholder, family farmers and development actors and taking into account IFAD's new Strategic Framework and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
On 18 February 2016, the Farmers' Forum will have an opportunity to share its messages with IFAD's Governing Council.