80 percent of the world’s food is produced by smallholder family farmers.

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The Family Farming Knowledge Platform supports family farmers around the world.

Family Farmers Feed the World

According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 80 percent of the world’s food is produced by family farmers. And approximately 72 percent of farms worldwide are less than one hectare, while just 6 percent are larger than five hectares, according to the FAO.

To examine the challenges faced by these small family farmers and to celebrate FAO launched the new Family Farming Knowledge Platform (FFKP) to support better policies for family farmers and provide data for governments and organizations.

“There was a need to share knowledge on family farming—on the different kinds of policies that governments have implemented and the numerous activities of family farmers and their organizations in the field,” says Francesco Pierri, Chief of the Advocacy Unit in the FAO Office for Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development.

Family farming includes fisheries, forestry, and livestock production in addition to crop production. “Family farmers feed our communities and take care of our earth—they are crucial allies in the fight against hunger and rural poverty,” says FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.


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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.