On November 22, the United Nations launched the International Year of Family Farming globally for the year 2014. This recognition aims to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farming by focusing world attention on its significant role in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, particularly in rural areas. The Hunger Project has a deep commitment to small scale farmers.
We are pleased to announce that on that same day (November 22), The Hunger Project-Mexico, along with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) – Mexico, the Ministry of Social Development (SEDESOL), the Ministry of Agriculture (SAGARPA), the National Institute of Social Development (INDESOL), and the Union of Manufacturers and Traders of Vegetables of the Central de Abastos, lauched the Mexican Network for Family Farming.
This network aims to promote the International Year of Family Farming through various government and civil society actions. It seeks to promote policies for sustainable development of agricultural systems based on the family unit and recognizes the contribution of family agriculture and small-scale agriculture to eradicating hunger, conserving the environment and reducing rural poverty.
The Mexican Network for Family Farming is formed of more than 20 institutions, civil society organizations, international organizations and other entities and invites others interested in joining activities of the El Año Internacional de la Agricultura Familiar 2014 (AIAF) in Mexico to participate.
December 9, 2013