Family farming

2014 is the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF). It’s so named by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and supported by over 360 civil society and farmers’ organisations including the World Rural Forum.

The IYFF follows the International Year of Quinoa. As you know, I’m not entirely convinced that year was a success. Perhaps it turned Andean smallholders’ staple food into a cash crop, increasing their dependence on food aid.

I hope the IYFF turns out well for resource-poor people. This week, M. Ann Tutwiler at Bioversity International explains how many people rely on family farming, where biodiversity is key.


About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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  1. Pingback: Call for articles: Nutritional values and family farming | Science on the Land

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