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Celebrating family farming

  • José Graziano da Silva and Gilbert F. Houngbo

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Rome   /   Fri, May 31, 2019   /  02:31 pm
Celebrating family farming Back-breaking, unrewarded: Farmers in Pati, Central Java, prepare rice seedlings in a nursery plot for transplantation. (Antara/Yusuf Nugroho)

When it comes to feeding the world, no one deserves more recognition than family farmers. Not only do they produce most of the world’s food but more importantly they also provide food that keeps people and the planet healthy. The launch of the United Nations’ Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 is a major step toward advancing family farming, and securing family farmers’ important role in shaping our future. This is the time to celebrate them and to thank our partners — from governments to civil society — for fighting with us to bring attention to the role of family farmers in feeding the world and nurturing the planet. The advent of the Decade of Family Farming is the culmination of years of sustained efforts. It has been an intricate process that advanced and then slowed and met setbacks until, finally, there was a breakthrough — first, the l...

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