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World Rural Forum Speaks About their Commitment to Family Farming
The Food Tank had the pleasure of speaking with Auxtin Ortiz and Joseba Imaz of the World Rural Forum, about their role in the 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) and how they will keep the momentum going in 2015.
Food Tank (FT): What was the greatest victory for rural communities and family farmers due to the IYFF? In what ways was the IYFF the most successful?
World Rural Forum (WRF): We should underline three main achievements:
- The family farming won a lot of recognition and visibility. Before the IYFF, there were doubts about family farming. There is now a consensus on how important it is.
- Family farming is now more important in international institutions. For example, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) decided to include family farming in its 5 Structural Objectives. Now we have a stronger voice in international institutions and governments.
- There are concrete gains in many countries. Columbia has implemented its first national program on family farming. There were reforms on sea and land policy in Gambia. We have greater procurement of family farmed products in Paraguay, and also some increase in family farming budgets in Nepal, Slovakia, and Burkina Faso.
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