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.
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