Decade of Family Farming launched by the United Nations

2019-2028 has been declared as the United Nations Decade on Family Farming by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).


It is estimated that 90% of all farms worldwide are family owned and operated and they produce 80% of the world’s food. These family owned operations are fundamental to: food and nutrition security, generation of employment, revitalization of rural economies and preservation of biodiversity and traditional knowledge.


The United Nations estimate that there are 16.5 million family farms throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. The Caribbean is estimated to have 1.5 million of them. They further indicated that between 80%-90% of all agricultural holdings in Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana, Suriname, Dominican Republic, Grenada and St Lucia are family farms. Sixty million women and men work in family farming in Latin America and the Caribbean, which means that the life of about 1 in every 11 people in the region is intimately linked to this sector.


The Global Action Plan provides detailed guidance for the international community on the collective, coherent and comprehensive actions that are to be taken during 2019-2028 to support family farmers. Some of the pillars of the plan are: an enabling policy environment, supporting youth, gender equity and leadership of rural women and strengthening farmer’s organizations.


The plan can be downloaded @

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